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Letters Failed phlebotomy? Think William Harvey

Failed phlebotomy? Perhaps it’s the site used

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 05 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h557
  1. Graham C Smith, consultant paediatric nephrologist1
  1. 1Children’s Kidney Centre, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK
  1. smithgc{at}

As someone who teaches clinical skills to medical students I get particularly frustrated by the modern tendency to use the back of the hand for taking blood and then place intravenous cannulas in the antecubital fossa. It is therefore disappointing to see an illustration of blood being sampled from the back of the hand in The …

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