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Recommendations After Blood Collection


To reduce the likelihood of side effects such as bleeding, discomfort, swelling or bruising, please follow these simple precautions.


  • Leave the dressing strip in place for 30 minutes to an hour.

        For the Rest of the Day

  • Avoid tight or restrictive clothing on the arm
  • If bleeding occurs, apply firm pressure with your fingers directly over the needle site
  • Avoid strenuous use of the arm eg sports or heavy lifting
  • If you have discomfort or swelling of the arm, elevate your arm and place ice over the site for 10 minutes. Rest the arm as much as possible.


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