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Old October 18th, 2011, 09:47 AM   #14
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WOW IRISH! Anyway the butterfly is used on the back of the hands. The reason that most phlebotomists dont want to do this is due to the location. The veins in the back of your hands aka Dorsal Metacarpals are smaller and not well anchored. Meaning they tend to roll the easiest, and thus you get bruising more often than not. Yes the pressure applied by the phlebotomist does matter. Yet as well as bending the arm after getting it done in the Antecubital Fossa area aka elbow. Not sure about the cost of the butterflies but they were used once exclusively for one area. Hope this helps. Have a great day!
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