Phlebotomist: Dialysis, Long-Term-Care, and Home Care Patients

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Posted on 25th April 2011 by admin in Uncategorized

A phlebotomist will come into contact with many different types of patients.  This profession often services patients with particular needs such as dialysis, long-term care and home care patients.  While studying how to become a phlebotomist, you will examine each option more thoroughly.

A patient whose kidneys do not function adequately will likely have to have their blood artificially filtered in order to remove any waste products. End stage renal disease is the most common reason why a patient may need dialysis and occurs when a patient’s kidneys have severely deteriorated and can no longer function properly. Diabetes is the most common cause of end-stage renal disease. The second leading cause is high blood pressure. Patients with end-stage renal disease will require ongoing dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Long-term care patients usually consist of patients who require a variety of healthcare and social services. These patients may have functional disabilities and are usually unable to care for themselves but do not need to be hospitalized.  A long-term care patient can be any age, although the majority of patients are elderly.  Long-term care is provided at adult daycare facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation facilities and private homes.

Care can be provided to patients in their home.  Advances in technology have made it possible for patients who were once required to stay in healthcare institutions.  Now these patients are able to remain at home.  Research has shown that patients who can receive care at home are generally happier and either recover faster or survive longer than patients who were confined to a traditional institution.  There are many different agencies that provide professional home care services such as nursing; home health aid; physical, occupational, and respiratory therapy; and laboratory services.  Laboratory services in a home care environment are usually collected by a mobile phlebotomist who collects specimens in the patient’s home and delivers them to the laboratory for testing.  A home care phlebotomist must have several important traits.  She should have exceptional skills as a phlebotomist.  It is important that she also have good interpersonal skills and be highly organized.  Because this mobile job allows for more freedom, she should be able to function independently and be able to adapt to different situations and circumstances.

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