Yeah butterfly needles have their uses.(Original post by protectedmode)
Thank you - some things to try next time. Prior to this, aside from on mannekins, I had only taken blood with butterfly needles (even though some people say you shouldn't - more expensive perhaps) where the vacutainer movements aren't directly connected to the needle if that makes sense. So stabilising my hand seems to be the way to go.
Also, keep in mind, the more you do it the less anxious you will be. If you're nervous, you naturally tense up and go all rigid. This means that any accidental movements are going to have a greater effect on your overall stability.
The more relaxed you become, the less you're gripping the **** out of your equipment.
Also, get yourself nicely set up before you start. Grab a chair, put a pillow under their arm, open all your bits and bobs and throw away the rubbish. Have your bottles in reach and in eyesight preferably nearest to your free hand.
It just takes time!
And actually passed?