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Bruising after having blood taken - question!

Discussion in 'General Midwifery Discussions' started by Lyra, May 5, 2012.

  1. Lyra

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    I am NOT asking for medical advice!

    Basically, I've had my blood taken a LOT over the past year (and obviously occasionally before that) and for the first time, after having it done the other day, I have a huge bruise! I did notice that it hurt a bit more than usual and it bled for a little longer, but I didn't think much of it at the time.

    I always thought some people just bruised and some didn't. But now, my question is, is there something done wrong with the technique that causes the bruising? I want to know so I can avoid it when taking blood myself!
  2. emmasoft

    emmasoft Active Member

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    Hi

    I think it is when the vein collapses, usually if the needle goes through it completely. Someone may correct me. I have very small veins in my arms so its very difficult for anyone to take blood and when they have I have had the same problem and this is what i was told !!! I now have to have it taken from the back of my hand which takes ages

    xxx
  3. Mango

    Mango Well-Known Member Plus! Member

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    I think there's definitely a technique element! When having blood taking from me I've experienced everything from no bruises at all, to 'track marks' which look like I've been shooting up (my previous community midwife who would always put pressure on the needle BEFORE withdrawing. Bad idea, it's painful and leaves and big long line of bruising!), right to a massive haematoma a couple of weeks ago when the nurse was chatting to me and not paying attention, and said 'oh I'm not in the vein right this might bruise a bit.....'

    So yes, while some folk may bruise more easily from personal experience I'd say good technique goes a long way to minimising the trauma!

    hth xx
  4. Gaia

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    I agree - the track mark bruising happened to me once when I was giving blood. The nurse obviously hadn't put the needle in properly, and the flashing light alarm thing kept going off saying that my blood pressure (or whatever it measures) was dropping, but every time she came back and tweaked the needle back into the proper position, it 'miraculously' went back to normal! The stupid thing was that she was totally determined not to admit that she just hadn't put the needle in very well, and insisted that it was just my blood pressure going up and down!
  5. AmIgoingtob1

    AmIgoingtob1 Well-Known Member

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    hate having bloods took as i always bruise regardless of who is doing it. i never knew it was the vein collapsing though but i know i only have one arm that they can get blood out of as most of my veins are well hidden i must be a nightmare for anyone taking blood!!
  6. Kadejah

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    My mentor told me that after taking blood you shouldn't get the woman to hold her arm up and Bend it as this causes bruising too!

    When taking bloods I tend to apply light pressure when removing the needle! Then with the swab apply pressure or ask the woman to apply pressure while I label the bottles and forms! By that time I either put a plaster if one is needed...

    When I do bloods a majority of the women tell me that it's the least painful blood test they've had and don't believe I'm a student! One lady even came back and requested I take her bloods when she came back for repeat test! (massive ego boost for someone who has no confidence in taking bloods)
  7. AmIgoingtob1

    AmIgoingtob1 Well-Known Member

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    ooh Kadejah i hunt you down you can take mine! have regular bloods done and hate going for them. (have to go next week booo!!)
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    sarahloususan Well-Known Member

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    I don't have veins, any time I have spent in hospital and needed bloods the nurse/phleb/midwife would take one look at my arms and call the anethetist(sp). I'll be really honest this is the one thing that is making me very nervous about starting in September.
    X
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    On the same topic, has anyone else experienced redheads being hard to take blood from? People taking my blood have always found it hard to find a vein, and a couple have said it's always hard with redheads?!
  10. AimForTheStars

    AimForTheStars Well-Known Member

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    I did a training course in phlebotomy and the majority of the time, it is the technique that is used.

    I have very deep veins and it is very difficult for my blood to be taken yet some people have had no problems and I haven't bruised and others have tried about 2/3 times in each arm, failed and I have bruised!

    Xxx

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