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Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Hidden extra costs of blood draw
Numerous variables complicate the process involved in obtaining a blood sample. Ask any phlebotomist: a routinely simple blood draw is, by no means, guaranteed. Certain categories of patients make venipuncture especially difficult. Critical care patients undergo more frequent testing and make finding an adequate draw site difficult. Younger and geriatric patients are more susceptible to collapsed veins, limiting the sizes of samples. These scenarios create a very specific but commonly overlooked budgetary problem: redraws.