Results are out! Find what you need...fast. Get quick advice or join the chat
x

Unlock these great extras with your FREE membership

  • One-on-one advice about results day and Clearing
  • Free access to our personal statement wizard
  • Customise TSR to suit how you want to use it

Blood Donation Problem

Announcements Posted on
Rate your uni — help us build a league table based on real student views 19-08-2015
  1. Offline

    ReputationRep:
    GTN spray.

    To be honest, if you have **** veins I wouldn't bother, it just makes it more unpleasant for you. In extremis you could use veins in your feet, ankles or groin, but I wouldn't want to be playing around with those just for blood donation.
  2. Offline

    A few things to improve your vein visibility (some of which people have already said):

    1) Make sure you're well-hydrated. Drink a pint or two of water before you go to donate (but not so much that you will desperately need the loo whilst hooked up!)
    2) Stay warm on the way to the session - wear lots of layers. If you're cold, your body will close blood vessels near the surface.
    3) Get a stress ball, or something that exercises your forearms and do a few reps to make your veins stand out.

    If this doesn't work, aside from going in through the groin, I'm not sure there's much you can do.
  3. Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Some people just have hard veins to find. I see it all the time on people who have to give blood samples on placement.
    They couldn't find my vein to begin either, well they did just couldn't get any blood. :o: Apparently I wasn't relaxing my arm enough because I was scared due to it being my first time.
  4. Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Enchanté)
    Apparently I wasn't relaxing my arm enough because I was scared due to it being my first time.
    ********. Relaxing your arm decreases blood flow to the arm and decreases venous tension.
  5. Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Woohoo, I went today!
  6. Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Renal)
    ********. Relaxing your arm decreases blood flow to the arm and decreases venous tension.
    Well that's what the person said who was doing it to me. :teeth:
    I think...
  7. Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Got a letter the other day from the NHS telling me to try again in a couple of years... :confused: Guess I can't argue with that :yes:

Reply

Submit reply

Register

Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?
  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?
  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. By joining you agree to our Ts and Cs, privacy policy and site rules

  2. Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: February 13, 2009
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Today on TSR

Win a mini-fridge

Don't miss our Freshers competition!

Poll
Do you prefer exams or coursework?
x

Looking for some help?

Ask our friendly student community a question

Ask a question now

Or get help from our smart tools and guides

GCSE help A-level help Uni application help Everything else
Quick reply
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.