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Safety Considerations in Phlebotomy

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As with any medical procedure using needles and involving the drawing of blood, phlebotomy requires strict safety protocols to keep with the phlebotomist and the patient safe. In this article, we’ll be looking at what the more common safety concerns and considerations of phlebotomy are and how to overcome them. Hands and Gloves Hands and gloves are a primary focus when feeling with phlebotomy health concerns. No blood draw should be completed without gloves and there should be no exceptions to this rule.    Compromised gloves should be changed immediately and, as a precaution, gloves should be changed between patients to..

The Pros of Training as a Phlebotomist

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Phlebotomists are an integral part of the medical diagnosis cycle, collecting vital blood draws that allow for the diagnosis, and then treatment of a huge range of diseases and ailments.    With the field expected to grow by 15% over the next five years, now is an excellent time to train as a phlebotomist and, if you are considering it, here are five benefits you might not have thought of. You Can Get Qualified Quickly A lot of jobs in the medical sector require a four-year bachelor’s degree, but if you want to get into the workforce and start making..

Do Anti-Inflammatory Diets Work?

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One of the hardest health issues to diagnose, even with the significant role that blood analysis plays in modern medicine, is the root cause of chronic inflammation.    This is mostly because there are are a number of potential causes of chronic inflammation and the exact issue can be difficult to pin down even after blood tests.   One of the potential solutions to chronic inflammation that is commonly suggested is a change to an anti-inflammatory diet and, in this article, we’ll be looking at exactly how effective these anti-inflammatory diets can be. What Is Chronic Inflammation? The most common..

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?

Phlebotomist working in laboratory

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

Phlebotomist working in laboratory

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

Phlebotomist in a blood bank

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..