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Phlebotomy Order Of Draw Chart
A Better average: Sugar level fluctuates significantly throughout the 24 hours--dependent on intake and activities level, thus not a reliable measure of control using random testing. Glycosylated hemoglobin (a1c) is a by product of sugar metabolism and higher sugar over time=higher a1c. A1c testing is not dependent on fasting. It is an "average" measurement, thus more reliable. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
My husband has fasting blood sugar of 11.6 mmol/l. We actually came to do him OGTT. The lab refused to give the sugar sample owing to high FBS.
Blood draw immediately after a flu vaccine (intramuscular) - can this elevate the creatine kinase result? (lab value of 700+)
Blood test shows ferritin level of 541. Rbc of 3.6 and hg of 12. Being treated for anemia. High ferritin concerns me . Need help to understand .?
Blood letting: A high ferritin is bad news because it catalyzes free oxygen radicles. They can be compared to sparks jumping out of a fire in the process known as oxidation, or fuel burning to provide cellular energy. The essential treatment is blood letting until the ferritin gets into the normal range, it is the only use of therapeutic blood letting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple tests: Every patient on dialysis in us receives monthly blood tests-mandated by cms.They will get complete blood count and iron studies to check for anemia, few tests to measure dialysis adequacy, calcium phosphorus levels, albumin, parathyroid hormone level, hepatitis b tests. In addition, tests may be ordered depending on the patient condition.All these lab results are reviewed by nephrologist monthly. ...Read more
Sending serum sample to lab by mail, want to know how many hours is the sample safe at ambient temp between taking blood and it reaching the lab?
Check with lab: You need to check with the laboratory before sending blood. They will instruct you. ...Read more
My son's complete blood picture shows total leucicytic count of 2800/cmm where the mentioned range is 5000-13000 , is this acceptable or should to do ?
Not enough informati: Without knowing his history & physical exam, it really is impossible to comment. Many things can cause a low leukocyte count. The most common being a recent viral infection. Your child's physician should be able to answer this question for you. ...Read more
Glucose monitoring: The whole purpose of monitoring your blood sugar levels is to let the doctor know what they are running so that the doctor can adjust your medications. Having good blood sugar control is essential in preventing complications. If the doctor isn't getting those values then i would wonder why you're checking it also. Bring in the averages or ranges of blood sugars when you see your doc. ...Read more
Maybe: Abnormal liver chemistries (lfts) can be seen in abunch of disorders. Need a good history. Abnormal lfts generally initiate more testing to check on the cause for them, including viral infections (including hep c), autoimmune, metabolic, toxic, etc. Most patients with hep c don't have much in way of symptoms, tip off may be abnormal lfts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the most accurate lab method to measure platelet count (tube type, etc). Last results varied by 30% in 1 hour; prescription is based on lab result.?
Draw in citrate: The best method is to count the platelets manually. Look at the platelets under high power, count 10-15 fields, take the average and multiply by 18. Sometimes when blood is drawn in edta, the platelets can clump. Drawing the blood in citrate prevents clumping. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
On consecutive testing of blood sugar within 2minutes , the values came out to be 234 and 272. Is my glucometer inaccurate or what?
Home devices: Are not that good. I hear these stories frequently. ...Read more
What r different ways doctors to establish presence of infection through blood test apart from checking ESR level?
Lab not the answer: Presence of infection is usually a clinical judgment based on pain, swelling, redness and warmth. Systemic infection is heralded by fever, malaise, tachycardia, tachypnea. At that point many blood and chemistry abnormalities including elevated esr, crp, wbc. The infecting organism can often be cultured from the blood. However, a lesser infection often gives no sign in the labwork. ...Read more
If you are able to only draw a small amount of CSF which is the most important? Microbiology , cell count, or chemistry?
It depends upon...: Why the spinal tap is being done. ...Read more
They are rigorous: Blood banks have become very stringent nowadays. Donors are evaluated for anything that might make their blood unsafe to use. Screening includes HIV and viral hepatitis. The donor must also answer questions about medical history and take a short physical examination to make sure the donation is not hazard. Even today, if your homosexual you can not give blood if thats disclosed. ...Read more
Why according to a study do more than 50 percent of high school student fail the serial 7 subtraction test?
Symptom, not problem: This is a symptom of a larger issue. The serial 7 test is used routinely during the neurological exam to assess the patient's mental status. Nowadays students use a calculator or computer earlier on, thereby relying on such "peripheral brains" for computation. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121112171430.htm and http://ideas.time.com/2012/11/29/how-to-use-technology-to-make-you-smarter/ ...Read more
Reduce Blood Count: In a disorder known as polycytemia vera, the body makes too many red blood cells which can lead to blood literally clogging up especially small blood vessels. A unit of blood will be withdrawn at some interval established by a physician letting the blood count drop/complications to lessen. Unfortunately the blood taken in this disorder has to be disgarded, not used for blood transfusions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Phlebology or blood drawing by itself is a way to earn income but I do not know its pay scale. It seems to me that a medical assistant would be a better choice because in addition to phlebology, you would be able to assist a nurse or physician in an office environment . This would give you more options in the work force. ...Read more
I had a phlebotomy a week and they took 200ml too much i felt awful ever since how long until i'm feeling better?
Sounds like they: Took about 1.67 units. Should rebound in another week or two. Delay the next procedure until you feel better and HGB is 12 or higher. ...Read more
Not unusual initiall: While this response is not unusual initially, most people quickly acclimate and don't continue to have problems. ...Read more
Sure: If you enjoy taking care of patients and contributing to their wellness...sure! There is plenty of need for phlebotomists. ...Read more
Depends: Hi. Hemochromatosis can be a hereditary disease from mutations in the HFE gene, or it can be from transfusion dependency (e.g., for various alpha and beta- thalassemias). You can only treat the hereditary hemochromatosis with phlebotomy...you can't phlebotomize transfusion-dependant patients! Clarify what your friend has, and if he is in fact iron-overloaded. Phlebotomy is easy and very effective ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: I am not an expert, but it is my understanding that for many, it is the treatment of choice. I think most patients just go and essentially give blood about once a week and everything works out very well. A hematologist is the type of specialist that one with this condition should see for evaluation and treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the medical word for the alcohol preparation used to clean skin before routine phlebotomy?
I have hemachromatosis and get phlebotomies. What is this highest level my ferritin should be before getting a phlebotomy?
I have hemachromatosis. What is the highest level my ferritin should be before getting a phlebotomy? Please state a number for max.
One: Thousand, if the diagnosis is established and there have been several levels to confrim. ...Read more
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