What is the CLSI-recommened way to clean a venipuncture site?
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A. Cleanse the area thoroughly with disinfectant using concentric circles. B. Cleanse with a circular motion from the center to the periphery. C. Scrub with an alcohol sponge as vigorously as you can for 1 minute. D. Wipe using concentric circles from the outside area to the center.
Venipuncture is the process of collecting blood directly from the vein. Performing this procedure correctly and painlessly requires excellent skills, because if the person doing the procedure doesn’t have the proper knowledge and skills, complications such as excessive bleeding, fainting, nerve damage, infection, hematoma, and light-headedness may occur.
To perform venipuncture properly, you must first clean the area where the blood will be drawn using a germ-killing solution. After that, apply a flexible band on the upper arm and then gently insert the needle into the selected vein to collect the blood.
After the blood has been collected, remove the needle and clean the area where the blood was collected using a circular motion.