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Giving blood without the rubber?

  1. Jul 31, 2006 #1
    What would happen if you didnt tie that rubber while the needle is in your arm gathering blood. Would it spray alot faster or not at all?
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  3. Aug 1, 2006 #2


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    The rubber compresses the veins making the part before the rubber expand a bit and become easier to see.
    This makes it easier to poke the needle into the vein without missing and without going completely through the vein(not a good thing).

    After the needle is in the rubber can be removed with little effect and often is.
    There will be a slight reduction in flow.
  4. Aug 1, 2006 #3


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    Well, it's not so much that it compresses the vein, it's that it stops the flow (veins carry blood BACK to the heart), causing the vein to plump up. But yeah, what he said.
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