Patients who are having blood drawn may display signs of becoming faint. These include:
WHEN ANY OF THE ABOVE SIGNS APPEAR OR IF THE PATIENT EXPRESSED UNUSUAL DISTRESS, DISCONTINUE DRAWING BLOOD
When fainting has not yet occurred but there are good indications of impending syncope, engage lever at base of chair to bring patient to supine position.
If patient begins to feel sick, obtain basin for possible emesis.
DO NOT LEAVE THE PATIENT UNATTENDED, CALL FOR ASSISTANCE IF NECESSARY.
If medical help is urgently needed, dial "44" to access the Health Center-wide speaker system and state "RN to the lab STAT" and repeat.
Be aware that such patients can be injured by falling against laboratory equipment or by nearby apparatus such as blood drawing needles.
Elevating the feet above the body should hasten recovery.
Allow the patient to rest as long as necessary. Water, juice and/or a granola bar may be offered.
If TOTAL SYNCOPE ensues: