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After you do a blood test, how do you stop your finger from bleeding?

 
     

I put on a bandaid

 
 

2%

 

  24

 
     

I use a cotton ball or gauze

 
 

9%

 

  79

 
     

I use a full tissue or napkin

 
 

17%

 

  143

 
     

I use a part of a tissue or napkin

 
 

16%

 

  133

 
     

I press on the finger

 
 

9%

 

  80

 
     

I suck on the finger

 
 

30%

 

  246

 
     

I wipe it on clothing

 
 

7%

 

  59

 
     

Other

 
 

5%

 

  48

 
 

After you do a blood test, how do you stop your finger from bleeding?

Poll dates: February 2 - 9, 2003
Total Votes: 812

With blood glucose meters requiring smaller and smaller amounts of blood, the days of needing a bandaid to cover your finger (or alternate site) after a blood test are pretty much over. Most people -- just under one-third -- report that they suck on their finger after a test to stop it from bleeding. That's probably not too practical if you use your forearm as an alternate site though. Over one-third (33%) report using either a full or partial tissue or napkin. (How many of you find tissues with red drops on them throughout your house?)

The table below compares responses from this poll to the last time we ran it in August 1999:

Answer   Feb 2003   Aug 1999
Bandaid   2%   8%
Cotton ball or gauze   9%   33%
Full tissue or napkin   17%   --
Part of tissue or napkin   16%   --
Press on finger   9%   18%
Suck on finger   30%   24%
Wipe on clothing   7%   --
Other   5%   16%

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