posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 07:17 PM
reply to post by k21968
Rolling veins..haha...that's shop talk for 'I did not achor the vein properly and I missed but lets blame it on the patient'
In order for a vein to not 'roll' it must be anchored. Next time a phlebotomist misses your vein and blames it on a 'rolling vein' ask them if
they anchored it before inserting the needle. They can be slippery littles suckers, but as long as you use your finger to anchor the vein, it will not
move or 'roll'.
If you have hard to access veins, drink plenty of water, I usually recomend at least 600 ml 1 hour before a patient walks in if they are hard to
access. That is one of the best things you as a patient can do to help a phlebotomist find your vein. Also you CAN drink water when the test has
indicated fasting, my pet annoyance is when patients come in fasting, they know they are hard to access and should drink water, but they don't.
They phebotomist should take the blood from where ever you desire IF there is an accessable vein. It is your body and they are at your service. Some
might be annoyed that you are telling them their job, but the way I look at it is if a patient asks to me stick somewhere where I would not normally
go, I comply(if I can find a vein that is). If it works, great, if not, well...it was at their request.