Phlebotomy Continuing Education Exercise (ATM): Tips for Successful Capillary Collections
When a venous sample is not possible, it is important to be able to obtain a capillary specimen that accurately reflects the patient’s physiology. This article takes the reader through the process from beginning to end, providing tips along the way to make the procedure a success. Readers will learn the importance of taking the time to pre-warm the area, how to hold the extremity, using a rhythmic squeeze and release technique to facilitate blood flow, and the order of draw for capillary specimens.
Quiz and answer key included. (Immediate download.)