Capillary Puncture and Hematology Testing

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  • Sample Certificate

What you'll learn

Capillary blood collection has been in laboratory diagnosis around for decades. Initially, this technique was used to obtain blood from infants for genetic screening. Since drawing five or ten µl from a newborn can be difficult and potentially harmful for a child, small-volume sampling had obvious applications in this area. read more »»

Capillary blood is obtained by drawing blood from pricking a finger in adults and a heel in infants and small children. The specimen is then collected with a pipette, placed on a glass slide or a piece of filter paper, or is absorbed by the tip of a microsampling device.

Capillary blood is used for glucose measurements by transferring the blood to a test strip. A Blood test is prescribed in most of the blood-related disorders, metabolic disorders, and in various infections as well as for the Regular health Check-ups. Whenever a small amount of blood is required for the tests, instead of venipuncture, a capillary puncture is done to collect the sample.

In Children and Adults, finger puncture is done to collect the blood sample whereas, in Infants, Heel puncture is done to obtain the specimen. This has become a usual procedure in many health setups which needs expertise and knowledge on different areas where we can draw capillary blood. Knowledge of capillary blood collection is important not only important for clinicians but also the technicians who work in the laboratory diagnostic setups.

Therefore, this course teaches you how to prepare for, perform, and document safe and correct techniques using capillary puncture. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers three scenarios that test your ability to perform capillary puncture for blood glucose and hematocrit testing in adults.

Who should attend?

  • General practitioners
  • Primary care physicians
  • Undergraduate medical students (Interns)
  • Postgraduate students in medicine
  • Nurses
  • life science graduates

Key concepts covered include:

An overview of

  • Pre-procedure considerations
  • How to visualize the anatomy of the main sites for capillary puncture from the middle and ring fingers of an adult
  • How to prepare for capillary puncture and correctly identify the collection site
  • How to practice and perfect your technique for performing capillary puncture and collection
  • How to read a microhematocrit test and a blood glucose test

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