Patient Suffers Permanent Nerve Damage After Getting Blood Drawn


Phlebotomy Protocol ExpertThis case involves an otherwise healthy patient who was injured when he went to a clinical laboratory for a routine blood draw. The nurse who was drawing the patient’s blood hit a nerve as he attempted to draw blood. The patient suffered from permanent nerve damage as a result of the nurse’s negligence. An expert in phlebotomy was sought to review the case and discuss the standard of care for drawing blood.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Do you routinely draw blood from the antecubital fossa?
  • 2. What anatomy do you learn for licensing to avoid hurting surrounding structures while doing blood draws?

Expert Witness Response E-096672

I have more than 40 years of experience with phlebotomy. You do normally draw blood in the antecubital fossa area of the arm and the main vein in this area would be the median cubital vein. There are many resources showing the anatomy of the arm. The anatomy of the arm showing the veins, arteries, capillaries, and nerves running in your body can be found on posters, anatomy books, and any phlebotomy manual. I have lectured many times on this same matter, and I have also published on the topic.

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