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Phlebotomy Training Services Turns 10 Years Old!

Phlebotomy Training Services were originally established as the founder, Alison Purkiss, spotted that things could be done differently. Done better. A fully trained phlebotomist herself she realised that the standard of the training provided in the UK was sub-par. Therefore she went on to found Phlebotomy Training Services on the basic principle of quality education.

This is the main thing that sets PTS apart from other training providers: all our trainers are fully qualified educators, as well as phlebotomists. This means the level of training you receive will surpass any other provider.

It is exactly this level of training which has seen Phlebotomy Training Services go from strength to strength over the last 10 years, where other trainers have floundered and sank.

10 years is a huge milestone for any business, but for us at Phlebotomy Training Services we are extra proud, as it is nothing but hard work and determination that got us here.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the thousands of students that have taken our course and are now working as fully trained phlebotomists. Without all your support we would not grow to become what we have today. Thank you, and here’s to the next 10!

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Could Young Blood Help Prevent Major Diseases?

In a recent study it was found that injecting older people with blood from young donors lowered the risk of issues such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

A start up in America, called Ambrosia, carried out the research to study the effects of injecting blood from young donors into people over the age of 35. The group were specifically looking at the number of proteins called carcinoembryonic antigens. Carcinoembryonic antigens are found in all people, but can increase in number in cancer patients.

In the study, which was carried out with 70 test subjects, carcinoembryonic antigens dropped after the subjects received the transfusions.

They also found decreases in the levels of cholesterol, and proteins that are linked to Alzheimer’s.

Jesse Karmazin, the founder of Ambrosia, said:

‘I don’t want to say the word panacea, but here’s something about teenagers. Whatever is in young blood is causing changes that appear to make the ageing process reverse.’

Also, there does not seem to be a limit the age of the people that can benefit from this treatment. The participants ages ranged between 40 and 80 and all of them showed similar amounts of improvements. The benefits gained lasted for varying amounts of time, but this did not seem to correlate with age.

Undoubtedly phlebotomy was a part of this process. Phlebotomy is the process of extracting blood from a patient for further analysis. This could be in the form of a health check, sports performance analysis or clinical studies.

The path to becoming a qualified phlebotomist is simple and clear. All you need is a professional qualification that can be earned on a weekends course.

Phlebotomy Training Services are the premier supplier of these courses in the UK, and offer courses at various locations throughout the UK. To find out more about the role of a phlebotomist, or the services we provide just call us on 01609 751 610.

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How, and Why, To give Blood

Giving blood is something that most people are aware of, yet few rarely do. We are huge advocates of donating blood here at Phlebotomy Training Services, so we wanted to take a minute to talk about what donating blood actually entails, and how to go about doing it.
The blood you donate is used in transfusions and is regularly used to save and prolong lives. There is always a call for blood donations. 6000 donations of blood are needed every single day in order to fulfil requirements. Unfortunately, every year 200,000 people become ineligible to donate blood. This could be due to age, or medical circumstances. This is why there is a constant need for blood donations.
It is important for all people donate blood. This is because there are several blood groups. These are, A, B, O and AB. These blood types are specific, and cross contamination can be lethal, as the two blood types will attack each other. Except for blood type O, which, due to its make-up, can be given to any other type of blood group.
Typically once the blood is taken it is broken down into its component parts: red blood cells, platelets and plasma. By doing so the components can be used where they are most needed at any given time. As mentioned the blood and component parts you donate will inevitably be used in transfusions. In a study carried out in 2014 in hospitals the use of blood was broke down like so:
• 67% was used to treat medical conditions including anaemia, cancer and blood disorders
• 27% was used in surgery, including cardiac surgery and emergency surgery
• 6% was used to treat blood loss after childbirth
So how do you give blood? It’s actually very simple. First start by registering online at www.blood.co.uk (while there it is worth checking if you are actually eligible to donate). Once you are registered find an appointment which suits you location and time wise. When you arrive you will be given a drink and taken through a health screening. Once this has been done you are sat comfortably somewhere. A small needle is inserted into your arm which will collect just under a pint of blood (470ml), which typically takes around 5-10 minutes. Once this is done you will be patched up and sent on your way. It really is that simple, and the blood you donate could go on to save any number of lives.
To find out more about being a phlebotomist, and the courses we offer, just call us on 01609 751 610.