TriCore Names CEO Banner
Home: Patients > Ensure a Smooth Visit > After Your Blood Draw

After Your Blood Draw

Reactions to blood draws are rare and, if they occur, are usually mild. Side effects are similar to those experienced by some people following a blood donation. Experts generally recommend the following precautions:
  • Wait at least 15 minutes before removing the bandage.
  • If you feel dizzy or lightheaded, lie down immediately and elevate your legs until the feeling passes.
  • In rare cases where bleeding occurs after removing the bandage, apply pressure to the site of the bleeding and raise your arm for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • If bleeding or bruising occurs under the skin, apply a cold pack to the area periodically for the first 24 hours.
  • For 12 hours after your blood draw:

    Avoid heavy lifting.
    Drink plenty of fluids and avoid strenuous exercise.
    Eat a healthy meal.
 

Contact your doctor if you:
  • Continue to feel nauseated, lightheaded or dizzy after resting, eating or drinking.
  •  Feel pain or tingling down your arm, into your fingers.

Test Directory

search page
Test Locator
View All

BUSINESS CENTER

FOLLOW US

 

1001 Woodward Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

505-938-8888 (24 hours)
800-245-3296 (24 hours)
© Copyright 2011 TriCore Reference Laboratories. All Rights Reserved
TriCore Reference Laboratories, 1001 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Connect with TriCore Reference Laboratories