Phlebotomy is the correct term for the commonly-referred to as blood extraction for laboratory studies. It is a procedure which uses a needle to prick a vein and then extract the blood for diagnostic purposes. It is sometimes referred to as venipuncture.
When you go to a doctor for a complaint, one common procedure ordered is examination of the blood in the laboratory. You will be told to submit yourself, either fasting or non-fasting, for blood extraction in a laboratory identified by the doctor or you can go to any laboratory of your choice. The samples collected, via a sterile tube, vary in number, depending on the studies ordered. CBC (complete blood count) is always the first to be ordered and can reveal abnormalities in the numbers which would then require further investigations.
As a full-time patient, I have had countless visits to the laboratory, which are always timed every three months or quarterly, in a year. With quite a number of major diseases, almost all studies that can be ordered by the attending physicians, in order to reach a correct diagnosis, or to gauge an existing condition, I already have been through.
The most common ordered blood examinations, in my case, are the so-called Cardiac Profile, Liver Profile, Kidney Profile, and always the CBC. For my cancer, there is what is termed as Oncology Profile and CBC is also always accompanying the laboratory order.
The blood has hormones in its composition and the most-ordered study for my case, is the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), which result I should have prior to a visit to an Endocrinologist. As a diabetic, a fasting blood sugar (FSB) is a must, as well as Hb1Ac, which results, I also should have when I visit my Diabetologist.
For as long as I continue to get followed up by quite a number of Specialists in Kuwait, visits to the laboratory will always be part and parcel of my life as a multimorbid person. I have no complaints though and in fact, I am very thankful to God for allowing me to enjoy the privilege of being seen regularly by quite a number of Specialist in Kuwait, for free!