Which of the specimens below can be used in the diagnosis of blood parasites?
a. Spinal fluid.
b. Peritoneal fluid.
d. All the above.
You wish to obtain approximately 10 milliliters of blood from a 30-year-old male in
order to diagnose a potential parasitic infection. Which technique would you use to
gather this blood sample?
b. Capillary puncture.
d. Venous cutdown.
In performing a capillary puncture, you should:
a. Squeeze the skin near the puncture site in order to increase the output of blood
from the puncture.
b. Apply a thin film of silicone jelly to the tip of the finger in order to facilitate the
formation of distinct drops of blood.
Touch the skin at the puncture site with the collection utensil in order to
increase the volume of blood sample obtained.
d. Cleanse the desired puncture site with an alcohol sponge before puncturing the