Figure 2-1e. Aspirate the blood.
STEP 5: Release the tourniquet.
Release the tourniquet and ask the patient to relax the fist.
Figure 2-1f. Remove the tourniquet.
STEP 6: Remove the needle from the vein.
Cover the site of phlebotomy with a sterile gauze pad (2 x 2 inches). While
applying slight pressure to the pad, withdraw the needle from the vein in a
Figure 2-1g. Place a sterile gauze pad over the site and withdraw the needle.