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Emerging Trends in Modern Phlebotomy

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Bloodletting was an old procedure performed by phlebotomist where they could draw blood in large amounts of up to nine pints to relieve the body of illness. This was a risky process and some patients would end up fainting due to lack of blood. In modern times, due to advancement in phlebotomy bloodletting has been stopped except in isolated instances of rare diseases. Phlebotomy is now a health science and only trained personnel are allowed to perform it, drawing blood is now performed is hygienic safe places such as hospitals and laboratories to avoid infections and contamination.

Bloodletting has now come as a new procedure in phlebotomy but it is called blood donation. Phlebotomists draw blood from a person in a relatively large amount like one pint for the purposes of giving it to a patient who lacks the required level of blood.

Phlebotomy is now done using safe sanitary equipment so that the patients are safe and only the require amount is drawn from the patient. The qualified personnel performing the procedure have made it less painful and safety of the patient is now considered key.

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A lot of controversy is emerging between religion and phlebotomy; medical researchers are now enlightened on issues facing phlebotomy and religion. Phlebotomy staffs are informed on cultural issues and they are now working towards accommodating the various religious differences. Bloodless surgery is now being incorporated to accommodate the religions that are not for drawing of blood. Many issues brought about by religion are now being accepted by the hospital medical researchers

Phlebotomist  have to deal with challenges like Christian scientists who do not accept blood donation and blood transfusion, Muslims on the other hand believe that the person carrying out the procedure of drawing has to be of the same gender as the patient. Sikhism believes that phlebotomists should only draw blood from the arm which is non-dominant. Other various issues in religion and phlebotomy include not allowing the person carrying out the procedure to see certain parts of the body making it hard for them to do their work effectively.

Cultures in the modern times are getting their say on phlebotomy issues. Some cultures are simply against phlebotomy as a whole and want nothing to do with it whereas some cultures give specific guidelines on how it is supposed to be conducted. The area of culture is an important aspect and phlebotomists have to incorporate it into phlebotomy.

A lot of transition is taking place in the world of phlebotomy and new ideas and challenges are coming up by day.

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