«Phlebotomy – drawing blood of a patient – has been practised for centuries and is still one of the most commonly used invasive procedures in medicine. Although the process seems simple enough, it actually carries some risks for both patients and health workers. In fact, WHO has a 125-page guideline – summarising the ‘simple, but important steps’ which can make phlebotomy safe and can contribute to the proper quality of the specimen, prevent laboratory errors, and minimise patient or healthcare workers’ injuries.»

«Drawing blood from a healthy, young, well-hydrated patient is rarely a challenge to a professional. On the other hand, older, dehydrated patients with their sunken or collapsed veins might make even the most experienced phlebotomist sweat a little. And giving it a second, third, and fourth go is a stressful experience to both parties.» 

Article written by The Medical Futurist.



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