Phlebotomy

Posted by nothinbutblues @nothinbutblues, May 27 2:40pm

How long should i leave tourniquet on?

Hello @nothinbutblues and welcome to Mayo Connect.

I'm not sure that I understand your question. Are you referring to the gauze bandage that the technician wraps around your arm after blood draw? If that is the case you could call the office where the blood draw was taken and they can probably tell you.

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@nothinbutblues . I use to be a phlebotomist and the nurse will take it off after she is done drawing the blood . Is this what your asking? Im confused as to your question.

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@nothinbutblues, the tourniquet is the tight "rubber" band the phlebotomist uses to bring blood to the area before beginning the actual draw. This tourniquet is removed by the phlebotomist when the draw is complete.

The after wrap can be a roll of gauze applied after the draw is complete, or a band aid. Some places op for a piece of compression gauze that is only long enough to wrap around the arm and onto itself. The after wrap can be removed 15 minutes after the draw is complete. If you find that your site is still oozing, reapply the after wrap and leave it on another 15 minutes. Repeat as often as necessary to make sure your vein has completely sealed off. After a few draws you will know how long you need to leave it on.

I have a couple other tips for you regarding blood draws. Do not use the arm the blood was taken from heavily or strenuously for the rest of the day. I don't even carry my handbag with that arm. Also, place direct pressure right on the draw site for the first 5 minutes after the draw is done. Both of these measures will held prevent large bruises under the draw site.

Good luck. Blessings.

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