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[Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational purposes only and is purely the opinion of the author. Sanguinarius, the editor of this site, disclaims all responsibility for reliability or veracity of its content.

Furthermore, should you choose to undertake any of the practices discussed here, you do so entirely at your own risk. Neither the author nor editor advocate any of these practices nor guarantee their safety nor do they promote support or encourage the breach of any state, national, or international law.

This is dangerous and not to be undertaken without proper medical training.]

by Mrs. H., RN; a nurse and vampire

If you cannot understand these instructions as they are written then you should not attempt this procedure. Please get supervision from somebody who has had experience with phlebotomy. Please also read the article, "Starting Intravenous Lines", for more detailed information and diagrams on how to draw blood..

It is easier to draw veinous blood from men rather than women, because men's veins tend to be more prominent. Use the forearm, or the antecubital vein in the crook of the elbow. Step-by-step instructions:

#1. Make sure you have sterile 3cc syringes, still in the package. Do NOT reuse them!

#2. Tie a belt, elastic tournequet, or some sort of makeshift tournequet around the upper bicep. [See Fig. 1]

#3. Wait about one minute and assess the veins. Slap the most likely one you see two or three times. This will make it show more.

#4. When you find your spot, wipe it with alcohol, letting it dry, while you open your syringe package. Be sure you palpate it (touch it with your finger) first.

#5. The syringe will be pulled to about 1/4 cc. Push the plunger back in all the way after taking the cap off (it's best to just take the cap off with your teeth).

#6.  Hold the arm steady, and go in at a slight angle, just to get under the skin to the vein.  You may have to move it around a few times, but do so gently.  Note:  Always stick the needle in so that it is pointing away from the donor's hand and back toward his/her body.

[See Fig. 1 at right]

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

#7. When you get the vein, blood will show in the hub of the needle. Do NOT move the syringe, but slowly pull back on the plunger. The syringe will fill slowly, but that is normal. If you go too fast, you may collapse the vein. Pull back about 1/2 cc at a time, and as it fills, pull back more, in small increments.

#8. When you have a syringe-full, press down with a cotton ball, (gently) over the site, and withdraw the needle. Have your donor hold it in place while you take the needle off (they unscrew) and squirt the blood into a glass to drink it. Do not take too long doing this, as it will clot. I have drank clots myself, and they are not pleasant.

[illust. of cottonball on needle -- need]

#9. Put a band-aid tightly over the cottonball to prevent bruising.

You can also obtain blood from the veins in the hand, but they are more painful to the donor. (This is from someone who has had a LOT of blood taken and a LOT of tests done in my life. I know, it hurts. They put the IV there most of the time, and I HATE it! I have asthma, and I have to get solu-medrol IV's occasionally.)

To make it easier on your donor:

If they do not have good veins, then practice on a muscular man first. Their veins pop right out. You will get the angle right that way.

Also, if you can distract them at the moment of inserting the needle, that is good. I say "bee sting" but that's a holdover from my nursing days.

Do NOT use the wrist veins or the leg or ankle veins. They have a tendancy to not clot. ONLY use the forearm veins unless you are trained professionally to take blood.

(I can draw arterial blood, but it is difficult, and dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.)

Also, keep up with the amount of blood that you drink. The body can stand a blood loss of up to 420cc's every 60 days. Do NOT exceed that amount. You're not only risking anemia in your donor, but you will risk cardiac failure in them as well.

Make sure your donor takes B12 vitamins. This will prevent anemia. Cook them high iron foods such as spinach (yes, it's good in a casserole with cheese) and liver (YUCK! I would rather die!). Make sure they eat a good deal of meat. It does not have to be rare, the vitamins are there.

Symptoms of anemia:

  • shortness of breath
  • easy bruising
  • pica (the craving for non-food substances)
  • sore mouth and tongue (not thrush)
  • fatigue
  • sometimes depression

I hope this helps. If you want to email me you can. My contact info is here.

By the way, I would be interested to get a sample survey of people who can use syringes and measure the amounts they ingest. I would like to know how many ingest over 20cc at a time, as I do. I simply start at the bottom of the vessel, and stick higher each time. Sometimes, I use bigger syringes. I would also like to find out how many people vomit the blood (or excrete it out in black stools) after drinking 20cc's. I never have. I have a medical theory based on iron absorbtion and RBC's. I'm thinking granulocytes may be the reason we have withdrawals; I don't know yet. I still have a lot of work to do on this idea.

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