In the United States:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  13% of all patients getting venipuncture procedures were punctured multiple times.

This means that out of the 1.2 billion procedures done annually in the U.S.:                                                                                                                                                            156 million of those cases will result in patients being stabbed more than once.

The cost per procedure is approximately $4.25, therefore the United States is spending an estimate of:                                                                                                                                        $663 million dollars in multiple attempts at identifying a vein. 


National Organizations

  • The American Red Cross: Provides about 45% of all the transfused blood in the United States. 

  • America's Blood Centers: Most of the independent blood centers in the US are ABC members, and these account for approximately half of the US blood supply. 

    • United Blood Services: Also a part of ABC, specially in the west. 

  • Armed Services Blood Services: Blood bank that collects blood primarily for the US Military, veterans and dependents. 


There are approximately 150 donation centers throughout Texas. Blood donations cover the majority of venipuncture procedures with approximately 8,000 a year in just Texas. It is also statistically proven that donors get stabbed more than once per visit when donating blood for the reason that phlebotomists are unable to accurately identify the vein. Blood donation centers also spend the majority of their money in these procedures because of phlebotomists' inability to conduct business in the first try. 

  • Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas

  • Carter Blood Center

  • Coastal Bend Blood Center

  • Coffee Memorial Blood Center

  • Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

  • Lifetree Blood Centers

  • South Texas Blood and Tissue Center

  • Texas Blood Institute

  • Texoma Regional Blood Center