noun (plural phlebotomies)
The surgical opening or puncture of a vein in order to withdraw blood or introduce a fluid, or (historically) as part of the procedure of letting blood.
- Blood was collected by phlebotomy from the antecubital vein.
- Experimental reductions in cardiac index and hepatic blood flow induced by phlebotomy are rapidly corrected by albumin resuscitation, whereas crystalloids require double the volume.
- Patients may also undergo phlebotomy at a blood center.
- Example sentences
- The needle was withdrawn and the specimen laid on the phlebotomy tray while the phlebotomist applied pressure to the puncture site for five minutes.
- The performance improvement suggestion derived from best and most improved performers was implementation of an institutional policy for phlebotomists to refuse to perform phlebotomy on a patient without a correct wristband.
- Lab assistants in many labs today are liaisons to the point of care phlebotomists, usually acting as experts in phlebotomy in health care institutions.
- ( archaic)Example sentences
- The pole represents the stick patients would grab while being phlebotomized; the white stripes represent the bandages and the red stripes, the blood.
- Arabic physicians phlebotomized the distal portion of the greater saphenous vein (GSV) at the ankle.
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