My googling is failing me, so I am hoping for your help! A project I am working on requires some type of national laboratory facility where participants can walk in, get a blood sample, and mail a self-contained iced blood kit in the mail back to us. We are trying to work with Quest Diagnostics, but have hit a snafu. Are there other ubiquitous labs (or even mobile lab services) that work in various cities all across the US?
I'm 27 and would like to become a physician's assistant (PA), but don't have any background in medicine, a prerequisite for nearly every PA program. Should I go through a phlebotomy program? Are there phlebotomy jobs out there? Would this be a good way to get working hours as a medical professional? [more inside]
When I have to use syringes at my job for blood draws and catheterization I get what I've been calling "mitten hands" and loose fine motor control. Anyone have any tips or tricks for holding/using syringes? [more inside]
How do you spot an amateur in your trade, profession, or hobby? Specifically, what are some examples of things that people without experience do, while attempting what you do or know well, because they don't know any better that make their lack of experience obvious? [more inside]
What are your tried-and-true tips for having blood drawn from historically difficult veins? [more inside]
Due to my condition and the medications I take, I have very regular full blood workups. I asked the phlebotomist yesterday how the samples are disposed of after testing is complete. She said they might be held for as long as two years, but wasn't certain. Which surprised me. I'm curious, what happens to all my blood samples? I'm in Australia as I'm sure there's liable to be country-specific variations.
Is there a lancet-based or bloodless herpes, hep-c, and/or syphilis test? [more inside]
Where do I get the training needed to be a phlebotomist? I need to be able to do it during the weekends. [more inside]
How safe is plasma donation? Should it have hurt like it did? [more inside]