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How to select venipuncture sites
The venipuncture procedure is complex, requiring both knowledge and skill to perform. Venipuncture site selection is the basic requirement for nurses. 

It is important to take the time to find the best vein. This will ensure continued availability of venipuncture sites.

The most common sites for venipuncture are in the antecubital fossa, where the larger and fuller median cubital, basilic and cephalic veins lie close to the surface of the skin. The dorsal side of the hand or wrist can be used if arm veins have been determined unsuitable. The sites in the foot may be utilized by obtaining permission from the pathent's physician. Phlebotomists should never collect a blood specimen from an artery. Avoid drawing blood from an arm that has a hematoma.