I'm having trouble drawing blood from my finger. What should I do?

Read below for suggestions that might make your blood drawing experience more successful.

Blood Collection Tips:
  • Drink plenty of water in the hours prior to your specimen collection.
  • The best site for a finger puncture is just off the right or left side of the finger pad of the ring or pinkie finger. The tip of the finger should be avoided. 
  • Make sure hands (fingers) are warm.  Hold under running warm water for 30 seconds if necessary to increase circulation.
  • Make sure you place your finger on a firm surface, like a countertop or kitchen counter, to ensure that you get the proper depth when activating the safety lancet.
  • After lancing collection area, use "milking" motion to draw blood towards puncture area. 
  • Make sure you get 5 good drops of blood into the blood collection device.

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