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I’m having trouble drawing blood from my finger. What should I do?
- Drink plenty of water in the hours prior to your specimen collection.
- The best site for a finger puncture is just off the center of the finger pad of the 3rd (middle) or 4th (ring) finger of the hand. The sides and the tip of the finger should be avoided.
- Make sure your hands (fingers) are warm. Hold them under warm running water for 30 seconds if necessary to increase circulation.
- Place your finger on a firm surface, like a countertop or kitchen counter, to ensure that you get the proper depth when activating the lancet.