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Case Study Two: Discussion

Case study:
An 18-year-old male has come to the outpatient clinic for blood work. He tells you that he has not been feeling well for several days, which is obvious from his skin pallor. He also mentions being weak and fatigued. If you are the phlebotomist, what would you do?
Suggested plan of action:
It is important to observe and listen to the patient and assess the situation to avoid a potential adverse event. In this case, because the patient is in a weakened condition, it would be best to have him lie down for the venipuncture as a safety precaution.