Pupils get to grips with taking blood

KESGRAVE High School pupils have discovered there's more to taking blood than meets the eye.Using a realistic dummy arm, and guided by Suffolk healthcare careers adviser Jo Burrows, groups of fifth-formers found it's as much to do with feel, as sight.

KESGRAVE High School pupils have discovered there's more to taking blood than meets the eye.

Using a realistic dummy arm, and guided by Suffolk healthcare careers adviser Jo Burrows, groups of fifth-formers found it's as much to do with feel, as sight.

"This really got their attention," said Mrs Burrows, a former midwife at Ipswich Hospital, "mainly because the latex arm actually produces a red ink and works very much like the real thing.

"As they carried out the procedure, they quickly realised that touch is extremely important when it comes to identifying the right spot to take blood."

During two classroom sessions the students were also introduced to a range of healthcare careers and took part in a quiz.

Today and tomorrow , the NHS will be at the Suffolk Show at stand 297.

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Mrs Burrows said: "The NHS stand provides a great opportunity for people to enjoy an informal chat about healthcare careers - whether they're just starting out or are thinking of returning to work."

The stand will be manned by a cross section of staff from throughout the county, including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, operating department practitioners, medical secretaries and staff from neonates and NHS hotel services.

Visitors will be encouraged to try a number of interactive demonstrations.

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