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Blood Test, Blood Draw and Phlebotomy

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What does it mean to have blood drawn?

Blood tests help your doctor pinpoint what might be wrong with you if you are not feeling well. It also tells the doctor how healthy you are.

Who draws the blood?

A phlebotomist, a nurse or a specially trained clinician draws the blood.

How is the blood drawn?

First, a band is put around your arm. This helps your veins to become large. It may feel a little uncomfortable. Your arm is cleansed with a product to kill germs. The small needle used to draw blood is called a butterfly. The blood will come through the needle and into a tube. Different color tubes are used depending on what tests your doctor has ordered. Usually no more than a tablespoon of blood is taken.

What happens to my blood?

Your blood is taken to our main lab where it is analyzed by a medical technician with the help of computerized instruments. Microscopes maybe used also to look at the different cells in your blood.

Who will give me the results?

The results of your tests will be given to your doctor. Your doctor will interpret these results and then give them to you.

Disclaimer:This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 08/06

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