- What variables could affect test results?
- How Can I Know What The Results Mean?
- Facts About Blood Test
- Tips For Collecting Specimens At Home
- When Will You Receive The Results Of Your Test?
- How can the patient help in getting accurate results?
- What Should I Do To Give My Sample For Testing?
- How Should I Collect Mid Stream Urine (MSU)?
- How Should I Collect Faeces /Stool Sample?
- How should I collect 24-hour Urine sample?
- What is Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT)?
- When should I give my sample for double marker/ triple marker test?
- What tests require patients consent?
- What Happens During A Blood Test?
- Recovery After Giving Blood Sample
- What Should I Do To Avoid Bruising?
What should I do to avoid bruising?
After the needle is removed from your vein the phlebotomist will give you a gauze pad. Place the gauze pad over the site where the needle punctured your skin and apply pressure over it with your thumb. To know if you have applied adequate pressure observe the nail bed of the finger used to apply pressure it should be paler than the rest of the nail. Pressure should be applied for at least 2 minutes. If you are taking certain medications for thinning your blood such as Warfarin, the pressure should be applied for at least 5 minutes. Once bleeding has stopped a band aid will be applied.
Do not rub the area as rubbing may dislodge the clot and lead to further bleeding and bruising.
Do not carry heavy weights/ hand bag on the same arm for at least one hour.