Essay on Phlebotomy: Obtaining Blood From a Vein

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(Attention getter) Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. That’s a lot of blood. Blood is scary, and blood always seems to make situations worse than it really is. Trust me, it happened to me personally. But if you think about it, blood is everything. There are many things about phlebotomy, yet not a lot of people know about them. (Thesis) Coming from a family with a bit of history in the medical fields, this topic easily made me curious and I wanted to know more. (Preview three main ideas) And now, I want you guys to know a little bit as well, as I will explain a brief history of phlebotomy. Second, I will share how phlebotomy is today. Lastly, I will share some education courses that would be helpful to become a …show more content…
From common cold to smallpox, most of the patients received a little cut and lost a lot of blood in order to heal (P.1). Now, by the time technologies were better developed, phlebotomy was used less and less, but no doubt it changed the world of medicine forever. (Transition Sentence) With phlebotomy fading away, you would expect it has little impact today. Now, let’s learn how phlebotomy is today. (Topic sentence) Phlebotomy today is completely different than it was 500 years ago, but the purpose of Phlebotomy is still the same: to save lives. Here’s what a usual day looks like for a phlebotomy technician, according to Porterfield. First, you need materials to collect blood from patients, like needles. You won’t need to use a blade like barbers did centuries ago. Second, you would talk to the patient. Unless they’re cool with having needles inside their body, they would be nervous. Interact with them, calm them down, and once they’re comfortable, stick the needle, and easily draw the blood. It’s only from their arms, so relax, don’t go crazy with other body parts like neck area, those are reserved for vampires. Once you have the blood sample, label them, follow specific directions given, and send them off to destinations. It would be awful if blood was sent somewhere other than intended, so please, follow directions carefully (P.32). If you’re not a big fan of

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