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What Is Phlebotomy?

What Is Phlebotomy?

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Phlebotomy: What is it?

Phlebotomy is when someone uses a needle to take blood from a vein, usually in your arm.

*Also called a blood draw or venipuncture.

Therapeutic Phlebotomy-

  • Blood withdrawn as a treatment for certain medical conditions.
  • Removes extra red blood cells, unusually shaped red blood cells, or extra iron in the blood.
  • Therapeutic phlebotomy is used to treat people with:. 1)Hemochromatosis 2)Polycythemia vera 3)Porphyria cutanea tarda 4)Sickle cell disease 5)Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease


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Phlebotomy: What is done?


  1. Patient will sit in a chair or lie down.
  2. Technician will ask patient to make a fist with his hand.
  3. Then they’ll tie a band, called a tourniquet, around the upper arm. (This makes the veins pop out a little more, which will make it easier to insert the needle in the right place.)
  4. Patient may feel a pinch or sting when the needle goes into the arm.
  5. The needle is attached to a small tube that lets the blood flow into a test tube or bag.
  6. The process usually takes just a few minutes.


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