# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Patient Care Technician Task 549762181

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Demonstrate the safe positioning of patients during venipuncture.

Definition

Demonstration should include the following:
  • Identify the patient. Outpatients are called into the phlebotomy area and asked their name and date of birth. This information must match the requisition. Inpatients are identified by their arm band. If it has been removed, a nurse must install a new one before the patient can be drawn.
  • Reassure the patient that the minimum amount of blood required for testing will be drawn.
  • Assemble the necessary equipment appropriate to the patient's physical characteristics.
  • Wash hands, and put on gloves.
  • Position the patient with the arm extended to form a straight line from the shoulder to the wrist.

Process/Skill Questions

  • What is the optimal position for patients during venipuncture?
  • Why is positioning important during venipuncture?
  • What complication from venipuncture can cause a patient to fall?
  • How should the arm be positioned?