Definitions for venipuncture
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word venipuncture
(medicine) puncture of a vein through the skin in order to withdraw blood for analysis or to start an intravenous drip or to inject medication or a radiopaque dye
The collection of blood from a vein.
In medicine, venipuncture, venopuncture or venepuncture is the process of obtaining intravenous access for the purpose of intravenous therapy or for blood sampling of venous blood. This procedure is performed by medical laboratory scientists, medical practitioners, some EMTs, paramedics, phlebotomists, dialysis technicians and other nursing staff. In veterinary medicine, the procedure is performed by veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Venipuncture is one of the most routinely performed invasive procedures and is carried out for any of five reasons: 1 to obtain blood for diagnostic purposes; 2to monitor levels of blood components; 3 to administer therapeutic treatments including medications, nutrition or chemotherapy; 4 to remove blood due to excess levels of iron or erythrocytes; 5 to collect blood for later use in patients requiring transfusions. Blood analysis is one of the most important diagnostic tools available to clinicians within healthcare. Its data is relied upon in the clinical setting for interpretation of a myriad of clinical signs and symptoms and developing skills in venepuncture can facilitate holistic and timely treatment.
Find a translation for the venipuncture definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"venipuncture." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2013. Web. 11 Dec. 2013. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/venipuncture>.