Jun 07, 2006 · As a phlebotomist here are a few of my recommendations for blood draws: Elevate the arm or hand your going to draw from with a pillow. This will help to stabilize the arm or the hand and put it in a better position for blood flow. For tricky veins (especially in the hand) take a few extra alcohol pads and scrub the surface. Nov 17, 2018 · Drawing my blood is almost always a problem. I try the tricks - lots of water before the test, heat on the targeted spot for the blood draw, and of course the lab tech does the usual tourniquet etc. to bring up a vein. Before ME, blood draws were uneventful. Now, it usually involves several tries, and lots of bruises.