Injections & Blood Draws


Calaid Home Healthcare, LLC medical professionals are trained to administer IV medications as a single dose or as an infusion over a period of many hours.

An intravenous injection may be done to provide patients with:

  • A steroid such as dexamethasone
  • Chemotherapy
  • Blood or blood products
  • Fluid solutions and electrolytes to address dehydration
  • Iron to address a severe iron deficiency
  • Contrast dye during a special imaging test
  • Monoclonal antibodies for COVID-19 treatment
  • Local and general anesthesia to before surgery or other procedure
  • Pain medications in the emergency room or after surgery
  • Nutrition to address severe malnourishment

IV injections may be done at the following sites or areas where veins lie close to the patient’s skin:

  • Back of the hands
  • Front elbow pit
  • Front and back of the lower arm

Other Types of Injections

Calaid Home Healthcare, LLC employees may also provide the following types of injections:

  • Intramuscular injections
  • Intradermal injections
  • Subcutaneous injections
  • Intraosseous injections

Potential Risks And Side Effects

After an injection, patients may experience the following rare adverse effects:

  • Fainting
  • An allergic reaction
  • Nausea, vomiting, or dizziness
  • Persistent or severe pain at the injection site
  • Redness, warmth, swelling, or other signs of infection
  • An abscess or collection of pus at the injection site
  • Damage to underlying tissues
  • Injury to nearby nerves
  • Excessive bleeding, especially in patients with bleeding disorders
  • Newly-formed large blood clot at the injection site

Who Needs a Blood Draw?

Calaid Home Healthcare, LLC medical professionals are also able to provide a blood draw. This procedure may be necessary to test for the following diseases and health conditions:

  • HIV
  • Anemia
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Coronary heart disease

Types of Blood Tests

The following tests may be done to identify health conditions and diseases:

  • Complete blood count to test for anemia, clotting issues, blood cancer, infection, immune system disorders, and nutritional deficiencies
  • Basic metabolic panel to check the following compounds: glucose, calcium, potassium, sodium, bicarbonate, chloride, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), creatinine; abnormal levels may indicate diabetes, hormone imbalances, and kidney disease
  • Comprehensive metabolic panel to test proteins and substances involved in liver function, such as total protein, albumin, alanine aminotransferase, bilirubin, aspartate aminotransferase, and alkaline phosphatase
  • Lipid panel to check high-density lipoprotein and low-density lipoprotein
  • DHEA-sulfate serum test to diagnose Addison’s disease, hypopituitarism, adrenal dysfunction, ovarian tumor, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, benign or malignant tumor on the adrenal gland, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Thyroid panel to check hormone levels for triiodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4), and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)
  • Cardiac biomarker tests for creatine kinase (CK), troponin, and creatine-kinase-MB (CK-MB)
  • Coagulation panel to diagnose thrombosis, liver conditions, vitamin K deficiency, leukemia, and excessive bleeding
  • Sexually transmitted infection tests for gonorrhea, herpes, HIV, syphilis, and chlamydia
  • C-reactive protein test to identify cancer, bacterial or viral infection, autoimmune disease, and inflammation related to diabetes, physical trauma, or smoking

What to Expect During a Blood Test

The nurse will take the following steps to draw blood:

  • Use an antiseptic to cleanse the patient’s arm
  • Tie a rubber band onto the patient’s upper arm to make the veins more visible
  • Ask the patient to make a fist
  • Insert the needle into a vein to draw blood
  • Remove the needle from the skin
  • Remove the rubber band
  • Cover the blood draw site with a bandage or cotton swab and medical tape