i. Antiseptic and 2 x 2 Gauze. The patient's skin must be cleansed at the
venipuncture site, both before and after venipuncture. Antimicrobial ointment is usually
applied at the site before taping the needle/catheter in place. Figure 3-5 shows an
infusion in place.
Figure 3-5. Infusion in place.
3-24. PROCEDURE FOR VENIPUNCTURE
a. Explain the procedure to the patient. If the patient is conscious and objects to
the procedure for religious or other reasons, no further attempt should be made. If the
patient is unconscious, consent is implied, and the venipuncture may proceed.
b. Assemble and set up the equipment. (See paragraph 3-23 for equipment).
c. Wash your hands.
d. Select an infusion site on the uninjured arm. Site should be at the most distal
and accessible vein. Distal pulse should be present.