(5) Cleanse the skin over the selected vein with prep pads in 70 percent
isopropyl alcohol. Wipe off excess alcohol with a sterile dry gauze. Do not contaminate
the area after cleaning (see figure 3-2b).
Figure 3-2b. Venipuncture procedure: Clean the puncture site.
Put on gloves.
(7) Replace tourniquet on arm and have the patient straighten out the arm
and make a fist.
(8) Grasp the syringe in the right hand and place forefinger on the hub of
the needle to guide it. Grasp the forearm with the left hand about 2 inches below the
area to be punctured and hold the skin taut with the thumb (see figure 3-2c).
3-2c. Venipuncture procedure: Guide needle toward the vein.