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raptor wrote:Sorry to hear about your experience. I hate giving blood. I have deep, "rolly" veins or so I am told several ties by apologetic and embarrassed phebotomists.
Every time I give blood it routinely takes 2 to 3 sticks to get a good vein. Once when I was too ill to say "Stop!" and "go get your supervisor, dammit" some phebotomist stuck me 7 times in 3 different places before giving up. The worst part I was in so much pain that I did not know it until the pain medication wore off about 4 hours later.
I have experience you describe almost every time I give blood.
It is most unpleasant.
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squinty wrote:I've worked as a hospital phlebotomist and as a donor phlebotomist for the Red Cross (for all of two months - didn't like.) Everywhere I've worked had a two sticks per person rule. If you tried and failed twice to get someone's blood, you cease efforts to draw and sought a more experienced co-worker or supervisor. At most hospitals, if three different lab employees tried and failed to get a specimen, lab was to defer to physicians, nurses or respiratory therapists who could try to get blood by other means (femoral, central line, or etc.) If somebody stuck you seven times in one collection, they were likely in serious violation of their department's policy. Maybe they were being pressured by a nurse or physician to "just hurry up and get it" - and it may well have been an urgent situation where they needed a sample asap - but there's really no excuse to perforate someone 7 times at a go.
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