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I have had two pulmonary embolisms and was hospitalized both in the
States and in Germany. My American doctors ordered a blood gas test with
arterial method and it was horrific. The nurse was being completely
when she told me that when they put the needle into the middle of a
wrist blindly looking for the artery, that they can tell when they are
close to the
artery because it sits very near a nerve and the patient usually reacts to
Let me say that it would be a gross understatement to say that I much
the ear lobe capillary test I was given in Germany. As a matter of fact, I
believe any doctor would submit a patient to the "barbaric" practice of an
blood draw if there were any viable alternative.