Venipuncture refers to puncture of the vein which is done to collect a venous blood sample or to provide intravenous infusion of drugs. The most common sites for venipuncture are the jugular, femoral, median cubital, and the scalp vein. In children below three years, the scalp vein is the most preferred site for venipuncture due to its prominence and ease of access. A special kind of needle, such as a butterfly needle that is attached to a flexible tube, is used for the purpose.
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