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Come Join Me and A Host of Others in Sioux Falls SD For Some Great CE!
Looking for a great CE Experience? This will be a very informative small group event. This is not a commercial driven event. No Sponsors! Hotels are low cost and easy access from around the midwest!Register HereThe following workshops will be presentedThu, November 16, 2017 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM CSTThere is a 2 Day Surgical Implant Class on mini and conventional implants, November 17-18 that you may also be interested in?Learn MoreWorkshops: Each workshop is $300 and being held on Thursday prior to the live surgical course. You do not have to be signed up for the live surgical course to attend workshops. 1)(Blue S...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - August 24, 2017 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

University of Nebraska Infectious Disease Researchers Study New Device That Could Help Clinical Laboratories and Phlebotomists Avoid Blood Culture Contamination
Additionally, the device also could help reduce incidences of sepsis, though this result was not part of the study Research findings indicate how a new system-in-a-box device that phlebotomists and clinical laboratories would use when drawing blood could reduce contamination of blood cultures and lower patients’ use of antibiotics. In a study involving 1,800 blood […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 9, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations adverse events antimicrobial Source Type: news

What Causes Anemia?
Discussion One of the most common problems in pediatrics is anemia. It is defined as “a lower than normal value for the related measurements of hemoglobin, hematocrit, and number of red blood cells”, usually 2 standard deviations below the normal for age. Normal hematological values change with age. For a discussion of which values are used click here. The most common type of anemia in childhood is iron deficiency which is commonly caused by inadequate stores (e.g. premature infant), inadequate intake (e.g. poor nutrition) or blood loss (e.g. menses). Anemia screening is recommended at age 9-12 months, and for...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 15, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Trends in Laboratory Utilization
Laboratory utilization is definitely a hot topic in clinical laboratory medicine, but what's all the buzz about? Laboratory utilization encompasses a number of efforts aimed at managing laboratory resources and improving patient care. Many laboratory utilization programs have proven to dramatically decrease clinical laboratory spending. Likewise, many have proven to benefit patient care by decreasing blood loss due to phlebotomy, reducing the risk of spurious results, and helping to get the right test for the right patient at the right time. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - April 22, 2017 Category: Microbiology Authors: Sarah B. Riley Source Type: news

Phlebotomy System 1.0.0
(Source: What's New at CBER)
Source: What's New at CBER - March 7, 2017 Category: Biomedical Science Source Type: news

Iron Homeostasis in Pregnancy, the Fetus, and the Neonate
The master iron regulator, hepcidin, controls maternal-fetal iron metabolism. In the last trimester, fetal liver hepcidin normally signals to the mother to increase maternal iron absorption sixfold to meet needs for fetal growth. Eighty percent of this placental-fetal iron transfer occurs during the last trimester, and preterm infants, without benefit of the third trimester of gestation, have poorer fetal iron endowment. Fifty percent of the iron needed for postnatal infant growth exists at normal term birth, but maternal conditions such as diabetes, obesity, or placental dysfunction can disrupt iron supply, while postnata...
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - October 31, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Kling, P. J., Coe, C. L. Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

Drug and alcohol screening lab has fourth C. Fla. site in the works
Arcpoint Labs is growing in Central Florida with three facilities open, a fourth on the way, and opportunities for more locations. The Greenville, S.C.-based drug and alcohol testing lab opened a new franchised location in Kissimmee last week. The lab also has facilities in Altamonte Springs, south of downtown Orlando and on the west side of Orlando, which are run by another franchise group. The four locations created around 15 jobs, including nurses, phlebotomists and medical assistants. Another… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 18, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Emma Skeels Source Type: news

Drug and alcohol screening lab has fourth C. Fla. site in the works
Arcpoint Labs is growing in Central Florida with three facilities open, a fourth on the way, and opportunities for more locations. The Greenville, S.C.-based drug and alcohol testing lab opened a new franchised location in Kissimmee last week. The lab also has facilities in Altamonte Springs, south of downtown Orlando and on the west side of Orlando, which are run by another franchise group. The four locations created around 15 jobs, including nurses, phlebotomists and medical assistants. Another… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 18, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Emma Skeels Source Type: news

Hands On Product Reviews July 2016
Comfort, Safety & Support Fortunately, it's a rare shift for many in EMS when you're on your feet the whole time. But it's all too common for us to have to deal with rugged terrains, rickety stairs and slippery surfaces. In order to work safely in these conditions, you must have footwear that offers comfort, protection and support. The new Side Zip Duty Boot from First Tactical has a wider forefoot that feels more like an athletic shoe than a duty boot, making them comfortable right out of the box. The boots are available in 6" and 8" heights and offer a composite safety toe or a waterproof membrane lining as...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 1, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P Tags: Columns Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Nigeria: Students Asked to Donate Blood to Patients
[Daily Trust] Bida -Chief Phlebotomist of National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS), Mr. Uba Samson, has urges students to donate blood to patients. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 16, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Hospitals in Three States Offer Patients Free Medical Laboratory Tests Following Arrest of Surgical Technician for Allegedly Stealing Fentanyl from Operating Room
A 1999 case involving California phlebotomist charged with reusing needles resulted in similar widespread testing of thousands of patients Because of possible exposure to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C from a healthcare worker, thousands of patients treated in multiple hospitals in different states are being offered free clinical laboratory testing. This situation is attracting […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 11, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Association of Surgical Technologists AST Baltimore Sun Banner Thunderbird Medical Center Catherine Sparkm Source Type: news

Bone fracture, a blessing in disguise
Beyond their blue eyes and big smiles, Blake and Kayla Spellman share a unique, hidden bond. In February of 2014, 15 months after inquisitive and fun-loving Blake was born, there was something amiss. He was holding his arm as if in a sling and his parents didn’t know why. Seeking an explanation, the Spellmans took Blake to see his pediatrician. “After the doctor came back from viewing an x-ray, you could just tell she was concerned, beyond an obvious broken wrist,” says Blake’s dad Dan. “She ended up recommending we take him right to Boston Children’s Hospital.” At the Emergen...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 8, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Our patients’ stories bone bone health Bone Health Program rickets Source Type: news

Emulating Uber and Lyft, New Phlebotomy Company Wants to Bring Innovation to the Way Clinical Pathology Laboratory Specimens Are Collected and Transported
In just eight months, Iggbo claims to have 4,000 phlebotomists participating and is now operating in 18 states Even as Uber and Lyft are bringing a new business model to the taxicab business, a group of entrepreneurs in Virginia want to do the same thing to the phlebotomy services offered by clinical laboratories. Since launching […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 24, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology clinical laboratory Department of Justice Iggbo medical laboratory Nuno Valentine phlebotomy Source Type: news

The Most Celebrated, Mistrusted Little Pill in the World Two Old Friends Debate The Daily Drug That Could Revolutionize HIV Prevention
Longtime friends Peter Staley, left, and Sean Strub pose for a portrait in Strub's home in Milford, Pennsylvania. Truvada, the HIV preventive drug, sits on the table before them. (Photo by Damon Dahlen) Downtown Milford, population 1,021, is a picturesque street surrounded by forested hills. In the fall, sheafs of dried autumn corn decorate the lampposts; pumpkins sit outside shops with wooden signs. Prominent AIDS activist Sean Strub first came to the Pennsylvania town in 1996, looking for a quiet place to recoup from his long and brutal illness. He'd begun a recently approved regimen of 16 pills a day -- the most effe...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 1, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Find Out if a Phlebotomy Job Is Right For You
Phlebotomist Career Profile. Health Careers. (Source: About.com Health Careers)
Source: About.com Health Careers - October 29, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: healthcareers.guide at about.com Tags: careers Source Type: news

March's top stories: Novartis' Phase III study, Boehringer's Respimat trial
Novartis' Phase III study of Jakavi met its primary endpoint of maintaining haematocrit control without the need for phlebotomy and reducing spleen size in patients with polycythemia vera resistant to or intolerant of hydroxyurea while Boehringer rep… (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - March 31, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Novartis’ Phase III study of Jakavi in polycythemia vera meets primary endpoint
Novartis has announced that the Phase III study of Jakavi (ruxolitinib) has met its primary endpoint of maintaining haematocrit control (red blood cell volume) without the need for phlebotomy and reducing spleen size in patients with polycythemia ver… (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - March 10, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

How to donate blood for newbies and needle-haters
Background: I’ve been working at the American Red Cross for nine months and 15 days, and during those nine months and 15 days, I’ve adamantly told myself I’m going to give blood. Yet I haven’t because I, like so many others, prefer not to be poked in the arm with a needle. This serious, full-blown, irrational, paranoid fear of needles is exemplified in the two experiences with shots below. 1. The immunization shot. This shot was no big deal, I barely felt a pinch. Afterwards, while my mom was chatting with the nurse, I was trying to get her attention. She kept consistently nudging me away thinking I...
Source: Red Cross Chat - January 30, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Hillary Stroud Tags: Blood donation hydrate needles red cross scared Source Type: news

Merger to add telemed, mobile services to WellnessFX platform
WellnessFX, a supplier of blood management services for consumers and a Web portal for phlebotomy laboratories, has been acquired by Health Elements, which provides wellness services, including mobile apps and online coaching, for people looking to lose weight and fight chronic diseases, the companies said Monday. They did not disclose financial terms of the deal. [...] (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - December 10, 2013 Category: Information Technology Authors: Neil Versel Tags: Uncategorized Health Elements M&A mergers and acquisitions mobile social health platform nutraceutical clinical trial WellnessFX Source Type: news

Start-Up Company Creates Robot To Draw Blood
BOSTON (CBS) – Would your trust a machine to draw your blood? A startup company in California has created what’s believed to be the first robot phlebotomist. Veebot, the robot phlebotomist. (YouTube image courtesy: Veebot, spectrummag) Veebot uses infrared light and image analysis to find the right vein in your arm, ultrasound to confirm the blood flow in that vein and robotics to insert a needle into it. So why would you use the machine instead of a human, especially when Veebot needs a person to start the process? Veebot LLC claims it’s all about reducing human error and, therefore, saving money. The co...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 31, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health News Syndicated Local Tech Blood CBS Boston Robot Phlebotomist Veebot WBZ Source Type: news

Veebot, the Robotic Phlebotomist That Makes Drawing Blood Faster (VIDEO)
There are two things that this editor fears about blood draws: the fact that he has deep veins, and the prospect of being stabbed in the arm by a merciless phlebotomist. Some of those fears could soon be mitigated, thanks to a new robot called Veebot that partially automates blood draws and IV insertions. Veebot combines the latest in robotics and imaging technology to ultimately speed up the process of drawing blood or inserting IVs. The patient slides his or her arm into an inflatable cuff, which acts as a tourniquet. An infrared light illuminates the inner elbow for a camera that searches for a suitable vein using softw...
Source: Medgadget Anesthesiology - July 29, 2013 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Scott Jung Tags: Anesthesiology Emergency Medicine Pediatrics Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Occupationally Acquired Salmonella I 4,12:i:1,2 Infection in a Phlebotomist — Minnesota, January 2013
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 28, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Phlebotomy System 1.0.0
(Source: What's New at CBER)
Source: What's New at CBER - May 9, 2013 Category: Biomedical Science Source Type: news

TAP Device to Bring Painless Blood Sampling to a Clinic Near You
Nobody likes taking bloods. Not the junior doctor trying to find a vein nor his patient on the receiving end. So thankfully, it looks like there is now a medgadget for that.Seventh Sense Biosystems out of Cambridge, Mass. has been working on a new painless blood collection platform to eliminate the need for needles. According to Seventh Sense, its Touch Activated Phlebotomy  (TAP) blood collection platform is designed to optimize the blood collection process by eliminating the pain associated with a conventional needle stick, increasing safety and providing a faster pathway to diagnostic resul...
Source: Medgadget Anesthesiology - April 4, 2013 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Gavin Corley Tags: Anesthesiology Emergency Medicine Pediatrics Source Type: news

Seventh Sense Biosystems Announces Initiation Of Registration Trial For Painless TAP Blood Collection Device
Seventh Sense Biosystems, a privately held medical device company developing integrated blood micro-collection and analysis platforms, announced recently that it has initiated a registration trial for its painless TAP (Touch Activated Phlebotomy) blood collection device (Source: Medical Design Online News)
Source: Medical Design Online News - April 2, 2013 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

April Fools Inverted: No Word of a Lie Day
No word of a lie: quite possibly my favorite phrase from our Canadian friends up north. Since today is a day most people devote to fooling others, I thought I’d mix it up a bit and air some of my Red Cross-related secrets for the world to know. Yup, these are all the honest truth. (Credit to my friend Robin for putting the idea in my head about having a day devoted to the opposite of April Fool’s. I think it’s brilliant.) 1. The most appealing part of donating blood to me is the chance to portion off a break in the middle of the day. Doing good and helping someone in need is great, but on a purely selfis...
Source: Red Cross Chat - April 1, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Gloria Huang Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Phlebotomy Might Help in Fatty Liver DiseasePhlebotomy Might Help in Fatty Liver Disease
Iron depletion by phlebotomy might help patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and high serum ferritin levels, a phase II study suggests. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news