Probably at some point in your life, you may experience the blood draw for either a medical test or for donating blood. For most people, having blood taken is an easy and relatively painless job; for some, it may be an unpleasant experience. For ensuring a comfortable and easy blood draw, one must do some preparation and follow a few simple strategies.
The first thing to do before going for a blood test is to ask your health provider for special instructions, although most blood tests require no special preparation. Few blood tests require fasting, which means not eating any food or drinking any beverages other than water for 8 to 12 hours before the test. In some surgical procedures, an empty stomach is required. Therefore, you must consult your doctor or testing lab for precautions to take for the recommended blood test. In case no special instructions have been given other than an arrival time, there are few things one should do to make this process comfortable and much easier.
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A blood test usually involves drawing blood from a vein in one arm. Many people question why the arm is the “chosen one” to draw the blood sample. It is because the arm is the most convenient part of the body and it could be covered after taking the sample. The normal and most usual place for drawing the sample is inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are comparatively close to the surface (1,2).
In the case of children, a blood sample is usually taken from the back of the hand. Their skin may be numbed using a special spray or cream before taking a blood sample (2).
There are some tips one may follow to make the blood draw experience comfortable and much easier.
There are some strategies one may follow to feel better post blood tests.
The above content is purely informational, and it should not be considered as medical advice or a doctor’s recommendation. The websites of, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Healthline have been referenced to prepare this informational material.