What to Expect: Getting Blood Drawn

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Welcome! Here we go… to get my blood drawn!

Blood lab

I am going to the laboratory at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. 


Blood lab waiting room

We will wait in the waiting room. I can color or play with some toys while I am waiting.


patient and parent in waiting room

My name will be called. I will go with a special helper* and my family.



Patient with parent in blood lab

I will sit on the chair for my helper. If I want to, I can sit on my family’s lap. My helper will put on stretchy gloves. This keeps me safe. 


phlebotomist putting band on child's arm

My helper will put a band on my arm. It will be tight but that’s okay. It will only be on for a minute or two. I need to sit still while the band is on my arm. I will try to wait and keep my hands on my own body.


patient about to get blood drawn

My helper will tap the inside of both of my arms to find the best one. The tapping won’t hurt. 


phlebotomist cleaning patient's arm

Next, my helper will clean a small area of my arm. It will feel cold and wet. This keeps me safe too.


phlebotomist drawing blood

Next, I may feel a small poke. This is okay. It is a safe poke. I need to sit still and keep my arm still until my helper is done. I only need to wait for a few seconds! 


phlebotomist applying bandage

When we are finished, my helper will put a small bandage on my arm. I need to keep the bandage on for a few minutes. 


patient and child exiting the building

It is time to go home. Everyone is happy and proud that I did a good job! 


*In this picture story, the “helper” is a phlebotomist. Phlebotomists have special training in drawing blood. Most of the phlebotomists at Connecticut Children’s also have experience working with children.

Adapted with permission from the Getting My Blood Drawn booklet published by BeeVisual™ LLC. Text originally written by the Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding. This resource was developed and published through a grant from Autism Speaks. 


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