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“When someone stabs you”: children’s perspectives of venepuncture
  1. C Hands1,
  2. J Round2,
  3. J Thomas3
  1. 1
    29, Marlborough Road, Colliers Wood, London, UK
  2. 2
    St George’s Hospital, Tooting, London, UK
  3. 3
    Maidstone District General Hospital, Maidstone, UK
  1. Mr Christopher Hands, 29, Marlborough Road, Colliers Wood, London SW19 2HF, UK; christopherhands{at}

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The suffering experienced by children during phlebotomy or cannulation has been well documented from observations of nurses and parents.1 2 Despite several proven interventions that reduce the impact of these procedures, such as topical anaesthesia, play therapy and distraction,36 few specialist trainees are properly trained in venepuncture or know about the …

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  • Competing interests: None.

  • Ethics approval: The project was approved by the Wandsworth LREC.