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Unacceptable Sites for Venous Blood Collection

If the antecubital area of the patient's arm is compromised or inaccessible, an alternate site must be chosen for venipuncture such as the top of the hand or the thumb-side of the wrist.
However, some sites must be avoided due to the risk of complications and/or unnecessary pain to the patient.