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Venepuncture Phlebotomy Procedures – What Are The Risks To The Patient?

Venepuncture phlebotomy procedures are routine, carried out at GPs’ surgeries, in hospitals and a variety of other venues, daily and worldwide. Whether for the purpose of taking blood or to administer some form of medical treatment, it is a very safe process, provided it’s carried out in line with recommended practice.

However, as with any medical procedure, there can be complications. These are usually only minor, and many can be avoided by being adequately prepared. For instance, it’s estimated around 2.5% of people routinely faint either when having blood taken by needle or afterwards. This is why phlebotomists should ask patients if they have ever suffered ill effects from a blood draw before. Ensuring the patient is lying down throughout the procedure will prevent a fall injury. The patient can, as another example, experience undue pain in some circumstances. This can have a number of causes, such as anxiety or fear, or the practitioner using a vein that has already been utilised in the recent past for drawing blood. Finally, an infection may occur at the injection site at a later date if the correct hygiene techniques are not followed. Thankfully, many of the risks can be averted on the part of the nurse practitioner or other individual carrying out the procedure with the right venepuncture training. Undertaking specific medical training in the approved skills and techniques can prepare you for what may go wrong, and anticipate it to prevent it happening.

At ECG, we run quality and comprehensive venepuncture phlebotomy courses for healthcare professionals that address all the above possible risks and more. You can book a place at one of our centrally run courses, or arrange a course to be held at your own premises for a group of employees. See our website at http://ecgtraining.co.uk/, call us on 0845 423 8993 or email enquiries@ecgtraining.co.uk for more information today.