Heel puncture | definition of heel puncture by Medical dictionary
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A method for obtaining a blood sample from a newborn or premature infant.
CAUTION!The puncture should be made in the lateral or medial area of the plantar surface of the heel, while avoiding the posterior curvature of the heel. The puncture should go no deeper than 2.4 mm. Previous puncture sites should not be used.
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Transcutaneous measurements were performed in duplicate immediately before heel puncture
. This protocol was followed to ensure that the transcutaneous measurements were done under quiet conditions when the infant was not crying.
Fear of osteomyelitis caused one clinical chemist to condemn heel puncture
in favor of big-toe puncture of babies, but no anatomical studies were included as proof (7).
Blood was obtained from heel puncture
; the sampling time was recorded diligently.