Skip to content

If you’re seeing this, something has gone wrong

Curious About Phlebotomy? Here’s What You Need to Know.
According to WebMD, Phlebotomy is when someone uses a needle to take blood from a vein, usually in your arm. Also called a blood draw or venipuncture, it’s an important tool for diagnosing many medical conditions.Usually the blood is sent to a laboratory for testing. But sometimes the blood is withdrawn as a treatment for certain medical conditions. This is called therapeutic phlebotomy. It removes extra red blood cells, unusually shaped red blood cells, or extra iron in the blood. Therapeutic phlebotomy is used to treat people with:

What to Expect

You won’t have to do anything to prepare for most blood tests. Some require you to fast, or not eat, for 8-12 hours ahead of time. Your doctor should give you instructions before you come in.

To get blood drawn, you’ll sit in a chair or lie down. The person who takes the blood will ask you to make a fist with your hand. Then they’ll tie a band, called a tourniquet, around your upper arm. This makes your veins pop out a little more, which will make it easier to insert the needle in the right place.

You may feel a pinch or sting when the needle goes into your arm. The needle will be attached to a small tube that lets your blood flow into a test tube or bag.If you’re having blood drawn for tests, you may need to fill one or more test tubes. The process usually takes just a few minutes.

If you’re having blood removed as part of a treatment, the amount of time it takes depends on how much blood is needed. Most of the time it takes 2-3 minutes to get enough blood for a test.

When the lab has the amount they need, the nurse or technician will take the needle out of your arm, remove the tourniquet, and bandage the area. They might ask you to gently press down on the gauze spot for a few minutes until the bleeding stops. You might even wear the bandage for a few hours.

Risks and Side Effects

There are few risks. While you may find the process uncomfortable, you should be OK soon afterward.

You could get sick to your stomach if the sight of blood bothers you or if you’re afraid of needles. Don’t feel bad — this is common. You might even have what’s called a vasovagal reaction. This physical response from your nervous system could make you feel dizzy, break out in a sweat, and cause your heart rate or blood pressure to drop. You could even faint.Relaxation techniques like deep breathing may help. You can also look at something else to distract yourself.

If you feel dizzy afterward, lie or sit down and put your head between your knees until you stop feeling lightheaded.

Over the next day, you may see redness or bruising where the needle went in. The spot might be a little sore, too. Most side effects go away soon afterward.

The doctor might tell you to drink plenty of fluids, avoid alcohol, and not to exercise for the next few hours.

History of Phlebotomy

Humans have been bloodletting for thousands of years. It began with the Egyptians and spread to the Greeks and Romans before reaching Asia and Europe.

The practice once was a commonly used treatment for many medical conditions such as feverheadache, loss of appetite, and digestion issues.

It was considered controversial because doctors sometimes drew very large amounts of blood. This was the case with George Washington, the first president of the United States. In 1799, after being outside in snowy weather, he became ill and developed a fever. To treat him, his doctors drained about 40% of his blood. He died the next night.

Over time, bloodletting was proved to be an ineffective and, in some cases, dangerous treatment. By the end of the 19th century, it wasn’t as common as it once was.

Today, phlebotomy in Western culture is used for medical testing and to treat only a few specific blood diseases.

Article is shared from WebMD.

Array
(
    [external_url] => 
)

Joanna Russell visits with CW’s Everyday Northwest

President, Joanna Russell visited with Ashley Howard from CW's Everyday Northwest to discuss continuing education options in nursing.   [embed]https://youtu.be/2lMNewz-GeY[/embed]

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Tiffany

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Tiffany is a recent PN grad. She shares her story, "Working as a phlebotomist at a plasma

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Beyond Their Call of Duty

Article and Image Content shared from Readers Digest. When it comes to kindness, compassion, and caring for others, nurses have us all beat. They work

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Beyond Their Call of Duty

Article and Image Content shared from Readers Digest. When it comes to kindness, compassion, and caring for others, nurses have us all beat. They work

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Beyond Their Call of Duty

Article and Image Content shared from Readers Digest. Image credit: COURTESY MARK SHIPMAN When it comes to kindness, compassion, and caring for others, nurses have

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Beyond Their Call of Duty

Article and Image Content shared from Readers Digest. When it comes to kindness, compassion, and caring for others, nurses have us all beat. They work

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Above and Beyond Their Call of Duty

Article and Image Content shared from Readers Digest. When it comes to kindness, compassion, and caring for others, nurses have us all beat. They work

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Personal Finance – Here’s How Much Money Phlebotomists Make In Every State In 2022

Phlebotomists perform an invaluable role in the medical world and beyond. They draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, and research, not to mention explaining to

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Sumner College Blood Drive

Last week Sumner College held a blood drive. Here are some photos from the day.

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Sharon

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Sharon is a recent Medical Assisting grad. She shares her story, "Before enrolling in Sumner College’s

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Patrick

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Patrick is a recent LPN grad. He shares his  story, "Prior to enrolling at Sumner College,

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

ALL IN: Johnson&Johnson WellBeing for Healthcare Campaign

ALL IN: WellBeing First for Healthcare is a call to action by #FirstRespondersFirst and The Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation as a coalition of leading

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Lyric

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Lyric is a recent LPN grad. She shares her story, "Prior to attending Sumner College, I

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

#Hiring a Clinical Coordinator – Nursing Programs

JOB DESCRIPTION Position: Clinical Coordinator for Nursing Programs Supervisor: College President Job Description of Clinical Coordinator: The Clinical Coordinator is responsible for acquiring and maintaining clinical sites

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Sunday, May 7th is Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day from Sumner College!

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Kaitlyn

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Kaitlyn is a recent LPN grad. She shares her story, "Wanting to expand my skills as

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Julie

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Julie is a recent RN grad. She shares her story, "Prior to enrolling in Sumner College’s

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Now Hiring! Nurse Educator Associate Labs & Clinicals

Job Summary: The Nurse Educator Associate will teach, guide students in their labs and clinicals, along with enhancing the design of the curriculum. This person

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Hannah

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Hannah is a recent LPN grad. She shares her story, "Before I started the Practical Nursing

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Derek

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Derek is a recent Medical Assisting grad. He shares his story, "Before enrolling at Sumner College,

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

5 Careers You Can Start with Short-Term Training

Content Shared from CareerOneStop.org Phlebotomist What Phlebotomists Do: Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations. Work Environment: Phlebotomists work mainly in hospitals, medical and

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Options After High School

Article shared from CareerOneStop.org. Wondering about what your options are once you complete high school – besides a 4-year degree? School counselors want students and

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

The Pulse | Spring 2022 Newsletter

Newsletter Spring 2022

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Sumner College ABHES and CCNE Accreditations

Sumner College is proud to be accredited with ABHES and the CCNE. Why is this important to you as a student? Because it gives you

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Sumner College | A Niche Partner School

Sumner College is a proud partner with online college search engine, Niche. Visit our Oregon Campus or our Arizona Campus.

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

#Hiring Administrative Assistant, Nursing Program

Sumner College is hiring an Administrative Assistant for the Nursing Program. Submit your qualifications and resume to employment@sumnercollege.edu  Position: Administrative Assistant, Nursing Program Supervisor: Senior

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Crystal

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Crystal is a recent LPN grad. She shares her story, "Before enrolling in Sumner’s Practical Nursing

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Amber

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Amber is a recent LPN grad. She shares her story, "Before enrolling in Sumner College’s Practical

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

National Nurses Week – May 6-12, 2022

From assisting with life-threatening ER crises to delivering babies and caring for the elderly in their last moments, nurses perform some of the most difficult

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn

Working as a Phlebotomist – What to expect

According to WebMD, Phlebotomy is when someone uses a needle to take blood from a vein, usually in your arm. Also called a blood draw or

Share at FacebookShare at TwitterShare at PinterestShare at LinkedIn