NO TWO PATIENTS ARE EQUAL
NO TWO BLOOD DRAWS ARE EQUAL
Unexpected patient movement, fragile veins, rolling veins, and worker fatigue affect even the most skilled phlebotomist. A patient re-stick not only decreases productivity, it creates unwanted anxiety for the patient and healthcare worker that builds with each additional attempt.
Sharps injuries that occur from needlesticks are taken very seriously as they can lead to the spread of infectious diseases such as Hepatitis C or HIV. According to national aggregate data reported by the International Safety Center’s Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet®), more than 10% of all sharps injuries and needlesticks occur during the collection of blood or a patient specimen. Other than disposable syringes and suture needles, devices used for blood and specimen collection make up the largest percentage of injuries (~9.5%).
Compromised body mechanics in an effort to control a patient's limb during a routine blood draw comes with the risk of occupational injury. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics 2011 report, 48% of all work related injuries in healthcare are caused by over exertion or bodily reaction, which includes motions such as lifting, bending, or reaching.