The word “Phlebotomy” has Greek origin and literally translates to “the process of puncturing veins”.
Traditionally, Doctors who practiced phlebotomy used a method called “bloodletting”, which involved the release of larger amounts of blood in an attempt to cure disease, illnesses and infections.
Phlebotomy is the act of drawing blood from a patient through the process of making an incision or opening in a vein, artery or capillary(venesection).
The blood extracted through the needle is then collected, reviewed and screened by a laboratory in order to determine the patient’s health. The blood may also be used in other patients in the form of a blood transfusion.
People with Hemochromatosis or those with a condition called polycythemia may need to receive regular phlebotomy.
Phlebotomy is a vital part of today’s health care industry. The technique is used by Phlebotomist, Medical Assistants, Nurses and Doctors who have completed clinical internships, training and/or passed nationally recognized through certified agencies. Many Phlebotomists perform 1000+ additional “sticks” to make their license permanent.
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