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What Is a DUI Blood Test?

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The term DUI is a legal acronym that stands for “driving under the influence,” or, more accurately, operating a motor vehicle while impaired by the effects of intoxicants such as alcohol.    There were 119,100 DUI related deaths in the US in 2019. Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota have the top three DUI arrest rates, while Montana and Wyoming have the two highest DUI death rates.   In order to combat drink driving, state and federal police are authorized to conduct a very specific blood draw, so, in this article, we will be answering the question, what is a..


6 Proactive Methods You Can Use to Stay Healthy

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Staying healthy isn’t just about reacting to health issues when they crop up, it’s about being proactive and monitoring your health so you can preempt any issues in good time. In this article, we’ll be looking at simple, proactive methods you can use to keep yourself healthy. Diabetes Screening According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes is also over-represented in many communities of color such as American Indians, African Americans, and Latinos.   Having diabetes makes you more vulnerable to heart disease, strokes, nerve and kidney disease,..


Astrological Bloodletting: How Medieval Physicians Used the Stars for Phlebotomy

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Medieval medicine and its practitioners had some odd ideas. For instance, their diagnostic techniques were largely limited to examining a patient’s urine, which they would then match to a chart, such as one now in the Bodleian Library and make medical diagnoses based on the comparative color.   One of the odder facets of medieval medicine was the practice of bloodletting based on the relative position of the stars. In the middle ages, the belief in astrology was almost universal and nearly everyone understood that the planets and stars under which a person is born would exert influence over a..


Why is Phlebotomy Important in Medicine?

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Trained medical technicians who specialize in drawing blood from patients, Phlebotomists are a vital part of modern medicine, drawing vital uncontaminated blood for the blood tests which remain the bedrock of diagnostic science.   If you’re considering becoming a phlebotomist, here are some ways in which phlebotomy is crucial in the medical profession. Diagnosis and Prediction The results of blood tests are used in 80% of diagnosis in modern medicine. A huge range of medical issues, such as blood disorders, bacterial infections, viruses, even some types of cancer can be detected through blood tests.    These hugely important tests are..


Job Outlook Good for Phlebotomists

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With the ability to work in a wide variety of medical settings that include hospitals, nursing homes, blood donation centers, and community health centers, phlebotomists are a vital part of any healthcare provider and, because of the high demand for blood samples as part of medical diagnosis, the job outlook for phlebotomists is increasingly positive.. Why Are Phlebotomists in Such Demand? Within the healthcare setting, phlebotomists are responsible for a range of critical tasks, such as:   Confirming the identity of a patient or a donor Drawing blood from donors and patients Labeling each vial accurately Using a database to..


How Northwest Can Help You Find a New Career in Phlebotomy

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Employment for phlebotomists with a Registered Phlebotomy Technician qualification is expected to grow 25 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average for all occupations according to the United States Department of Labor. On top of that, phlebotomy technician salaries are on the rise, with a Phlebotomist with an RPT earning, on average, between $34,480 to $49,060 a year. With the need for qualified phlebotomy technicians on the rise, read on to find out how Northwest Career College can help you find your new career in this exciting field. We’ll Help You Get Your RPT (Registered Phlebotomy Technician) Qualification Phlebotomists..


Leeches Are Making a Comeback in Phlebotomy

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You don’t get much more of a medival image than a doctor applying leeches to the patient to cure some sort of ailment. While it might seem like we’ve moved past the time when we needed segmented parasitic or predatory worms to solve medical issues, Studies started cropping up as early as 2001 promoting the benefits of using leeches in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee.   In this article, we’ll be looking at why we used leeches in the first place and why they are making a comeback now. Leeches and Bloodletting Bloodletting is the withdrawal of blood..


The Importance of Sterilization For Phlebotomists

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Hand hygiene is an essential part of the daily routine for anyone working in a healthcare environment. Cleaning your hands by using either hand washing, antiseptic hand wash, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, including foam or gel, can help to prevent the spread of potentially deadly germs to patients and the risk of a healthcare provider being colonized or infected by germs acquired from the patient. This is especially true of phlebotomists, as their normal responsibilities include the drawing and handling of patient’s blood. Sterilizing Hand-held Equipment A needle and syringe is the most common tool for withdrawing large..


5 Fascinating Reasons to Consider Becoming a Phlebotomist

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If you ask a group of children what they want to be when they grow up, the chances are that not many of them are going to say “Phlebotomist.” There are two reasons for this. Firstly, not many people understand that vital role that phlebotomists play in modern healthcare, with doctors and nurses having far more visible jobs roles. Secondly, it’s a difficult word for children to say! Fast forward a couple of years and more and more people are looking to train as phlebotomists as they look to access a career path that provides interesting, varied work and an..


The Evolution of Phlebotomy

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Modern phlebotomy is defined by the dictionary as, “The act or practice of opening a vein for letting or drawing blood as a therapeutic or diagnostic measure; venesection; bleeding.” Phlebotomy’s history actually began as “bloodletting,” which was first practiced by the ancient Egyptians around 1000 BC. Because early Egyptian medicine combined observation and experimentation with magic and religion, it was believed that literally letting blood out of the body would cure diseases like acne or the plague, as removing the blood was considered to be a way to cast out evil spirits. Bloodletting spread to the Greeks and the Romans..