My veins suck
November 14, 2006 10:00 PM Subscribe
How can I make drawing blood easier?
posted by Joh to health & fitness (21 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am one of those people that it is difficult to draw blood from. Its hard to find a vein, and even when one is found, it usually yields very little, if anything. The usual procedure is that I warn the nurse of this, they use a butterfly needle, and after trying both arms twice they sometimes go in through the back of my hand. The whole procedure usually ends up taking half an hour or more. When I used to give blood they eventually told me not to come back as it wasn't worth all the time to get less than half a bag!
I took this is as an occasional inconvenience, since I am not scared of needles, and it doesn't really hurt much. However, now that I am having regular blood tests I would like to make the procedure easier and less time-consuming for everyone involved (I feel bad for the nurse mostly!). Is there anything I can do beforehand to increase the volume of my veins, or bring them to the surface? Would exercising shortly beforehand help?