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Where are PRP Injections Used?

At Phlebotomy Training Services we have a number of courses that are aimed at commercial clients, as opposed to private. These commercial clients typically want to learn to be a phlebotomist as it allows them to offer services that they usually wouldn’t be able to. In the past we have worked with medical researchers, nutritionists, dentists, beauticians and many more.

One of the most common reasons people want to learn phlebotomy is so that they can then go on to offer various PRP related therapies/treatments.

But what exactly is PRP, and can you use it in your business?

PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is a substance that is thought to have fantastic healing properties when injected. This is because the platelets contain ‘growth factors’ – these are thought to essentially be concentrated repair and growth minerals. When these are put into the body the help create localised repair.

How is it done?

The procedure is actually very simple and safe, if done properly. The procedure may vary depending on the purpose, but it is essentially the same. A small amount of blood is taken from the patient. This blood is then placed into a centrifuge which spins at an extremely high speed. This separates the component parts of blood. The PRP is taken from this, and then injected back into the patient.

Who Uses it?

There are many uses for PRP, from injury recovery to aesthetic treatments and speeding up the healing time for surgeries. As mentioned above, some of our past clients who have gone on to use PRP include beauticians who use them for ‘vampire’ facials, sports injury recovery specialists, dentists who use PRP to help speed up recovery time and aesthetic clinics who offer hair loss prevention treatments.

If you are thinking about offering PRP treatment then it is vital that every step of the process be carried out properly – this includes the initial step of extracting the patient’s blood, known as phlebotomy.

If you are looking for a phlebotomy training provider then we are more than happy to help. If you are curious about PRP, and how we can help you offer this treatment, then just call us on 01609 751 610 or contact us here.

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Where Does Blood End Up?

We know that this might be a slightly gruesome introduction, but blood really does end up everywhere. Its uses are far reaching and has numerous benefits. Obviously, one of the most common uses for blood is life saving transfusions. According to the NHS Blood Transfusion Service, in 2014:

  • 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

However, this is far from the only place people use blood.

A few years ago, an architectural student found that, after being treated with various chemicals, blood can be used to make bricks. After adding an anticoagulant and some antibacterial chemicals, after being mixed with sand and baked for an hour the blood thickens, harden and produces a perfectly functional brick. He postulated that this could be a replacement for mud bricks in developing countries in which sand is plentiful and cattle blood is often wasted.

Maybe not human blood, but the Horseshoe Crab has some very interesting blood. One aspect is that it is bright blue – the other is that is has the ability to bind to, and clot any bacterial cells it comes up against, rendering them ineffective. Scientists are currently trying to find a way to replicate this synthetically so it can be used to treat people safely.

The use for blood in aesthetic treatments is also on the rise. A large number of beauty clinics are beginning to offer what are known as ‘vampire facials’. during a vampire facial you have your blood taken, before being span in a centrifugal device which separates the PRP (platelet rich plasma). This PRP is full of growth cells and is then injected back into your skin, rejuvenating it.

A similar process is also used in dentistry, when the PRP is inject post treatment/surgery in order to speed up the recovery process, especially in aging patients.

Of course, to be able to draw the blood in the first instance requires phlebotomy skills. Thankfully, Phlebotomy training services offer a range of corporate training courses, in which we can teach staff how to safely and effectively withdraw blood from patients and clients.

To find out more about our corporate courses just call us on 01609 751 610 or contact us here.

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University of Bradford Partnership

One of the things we pride ourselves on here at Phlebotomy Training Services, is our partnerships and clients. We believe that building a base of loyal trainees and clients who are as much dedicated to the practice of taking blood as we are, is what makes us a successful training body.

A partnership in which we’d like to highlight this month, is that of the University of Bradford. We began working with the university back in April this year and have loved every second of it. Not only does this allow us to promote our services, but it’s a fantastic opportunity to engage younger, aspiring audiences in the medical/blood research sector.

The scheme is part of DHEZ, a revolutionary company which aims to tackle the struggles and strains of public health via digital solutions. Starting on the 3rd and 4th of October, our trainers will be running a course, in partnership with this amazing organisation, at the University of Bradford.

The Basic Phlebotomy Course covers the theory behind phlebotomy and provides participants with an opportunity to develop their practical skills. We hope to encourage participants to widen their knowledge in the medical field and how the skill ad qualification of taking blood can open up a number of doors for potential research and career options.

We are incredibly excited to be working so closely with such a well-respected University and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the University of Bradford.

If you’d like to know more about our services, please do not hesitate to call us on 01609 751610. Alternatively, to book a place on the DHEZ course, click here.

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Funding Available for Phlebotomy Diploma

The Phlebotomy Diploma, developed by Phlebotomy Training Services is the most advanced course available in phlebotomy. It was designed and developed for those who not only want to pursue a career in phlebotomy, but to also master their craft and provide the best care possible for anyone they are taking blood from.

There are 3 levels of the course: the award, the certificate and finally the diploma, with each level building on the last. This is an advanced course at the end of which the learner will be provided with a nationally recognised and will be accredited up to the equivalent NVQ Level 3.

We have recently found out that anybody looking to pursue the Diploma in Phlebotomy may be able to apply for funding to help them afford it and develop their career.

The loan is from the government’s Professional and Career Development Loans. If you meet the criteria then you can apply for a loan with a value of between £300 and £10,000. These loans are typically given at a reduced interest rate and the government pays the interest while you are undertaking the course.

As mentioned, there is certain eligibility criteria, which includes:

  • You have to be 18 or over
  • You have to be a British citizen
  • You have been living in the UK for at least 3 years before your course starts
  • You have to plan to work in the UK, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) after the course is completed

This scheme ends in January 2019, therefore you have to act quickly if you would like to take advantage of this generous offer and work toward getting your diploma in Phlebotomy.

To find out more about funding, or the diploma, just call the Phlebotomy Training Services Team on 01609 751 610 or contact us here.

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PTS Train Team at Beckton Hospital

Phlebotomy Training Services work with a range of commercial clients. We provide various training programmes to teams within organisations, and, if needed, can tailor our training to the specific needs and demands of the client. One such example of this is Cygnet Health Care.

Cygnet Health Care is a provider of specialist care for those suffering from mental health issues in the UK. They are classed as thought leaders in their field and pioneer the way for mental health treatment and care. Phlebotomy Training Services are proud to work closely with this organisation.

Recently we provided our Basic Phlebotomy Course to a number of learners in Beckton Hospital. The Basic Course, officially titled ‘Understanding Phlebotomy Skills and Techniques’ takes two days and at the end of it learners are awarded with a certification of competence and have the skills necessary to become a competent phlebotomist.

Unlike many other training providers, our basic course is accredited by One Awards, a nationally recognised awarding body.

We provided the course in the weekend preceding the Women of the Year Event, an initiative which aims to recognise the amazing achievements women in the UK make every year. In the website’s own words:

                ‘Each year a nominating council elects just 450 women to attend the annual Women of the Year Lunch handpicked for their achievements and contribution to society. Each guest is regarded as a ‘Woman of the Year’, representing herself, her work and the millions of extraordinary women who make a difference every day. In a world which often celebrates ‘celebrity’, Women of the Year sets itself apart by honouring real achievement and diversity.’

With their newly found skills who knows what this group of learners will go on to achieve?

To find out more about phlebotomy training, or to organise some specialist training for your team, call us on 01609 751 610 or contact us here.

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Urgent Need for O Negative Blood Type

There is a constant need for blood donations in the UK. Hospitals can never have too much blood to be used for life saving transfusions. However, following on from the hot weather and world cup, reserves are currently startlingly low – especially in type O-negative.

The combined cost of the heat and the world cup cost the NHS around 2,000 donations. This brings the reserves down to around 3 days, which is half of the 6-day ideal – and is still looking to drop if the warm weather continues.

Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: ‘The long spell of sunshine has been great in many ways but some people have chosen to stay in the sun instead of giving blood, and some people haven’t been hydrated enough to donate safely.’

O Negative is a particularly important blood group as it is a universal donor group and can be given to most people in the case of an emergency.

The NHS are crying out for people with O negative to visit their local donation centre as soon as possible. Find your nearest donation point here. You do not necessarily need an appointment, however it is vital that you are adequately hydrated which the heat can have an obvious effect on.

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Top 5 Reasons to Become a Phlebotomist

Offering specialised courses throughout the United Kingdom, the team here at Phlebotomy Training Services have had the pleasure of teaching a diverse range of people our basic and advanced phlebotomy courses. Those who have taken the course, have all been grateful for what they have learned with us, but what is it about phlebotomy that attracts people to the course? Here, we have listed the top 5 reasons why you could benefit from phlebotomy training:

1.       Time-Efficient

Our courses are relatively speedy in comparison to most college courses and degrees, especially within the health profession. The training for our basic course takes place usually over a 48-hour period, with advanced courses taking a day. Participants engage in practical and theoretical work all within the allotted time for each course.

2.       Kickstart your Career in Healthcare

Whether you are seeking a career as a phlebotomist or in the wider healthcare industry, being a qualified phlebotomist will undoubtedly open up a wide range of job opportunities. There are a multitude of professions however, that require the art of blood taking as a desirable skill. This could be as a personal trainer, blood donation technician, or as a carer for the vulnerable and elderly.

3.       Return on Investment

Given the opportunities that come as a result of being a qualified phlebotomist in turn increases the likelihood of landing a healthcare related profession with a higher salary. Taking into consideration the price and duration of the basic course, a one of fee for a career of higher wages presents a desirable qualification to carry through your careers.

4.       CV Enhancement

Regardless of whether you are seeking a career in healthcare or not, the qualification you have in learning how to take blood portrays a determined and open-minded personality. These are two traits which any employer would seek from a candidate. So, the opportunities are not limited to medicine or healthcare.

5.       Helping Those in Need

Disregarding the more selfish aspects of the course, one of the most important aspects of completing a course in phlebotomy is the prospect of providing medical assistance to those that need it. This could be providing an elderly resident in a care home with blood, or perhaps taking the blood from a nervous blood donor. It is an opportunity to not only use the skills you have learned as a phlebotomist, but to apply empathy to each individual situation.

Hopefully these reasons have illustrated how taking a phlebotomy course can improve your lifestyle and career. In addition to this, you can gain a sense of pride in the completion of a highly respected course. Not only that, by putting the qualification to use, you will be able to help those in need of blood transfusions, again indicating the multiple benefits to taking the course.

At PTS, we offer Basic and Advanced courses throughout the UK. Head over to our Book a Course page to find out when we are next conducting phlebotomy training in an area local to you.

Alternatively, you can call us on 01609 751 610 or send us an email at info@phlebotomytraining.co.uk for any other questions.

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Blood Test Could Help Detect Lung Cancer Early

Scientists are currently “one step closer” to detecting the early stages of lung cancer using just a blood test, according to experts. The initial evidence is from an on-going study which suggests that liquid biopsies could be the starting point of discovering the first signs of the disease developing.

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer, with over 300,000 people dying from the disease each year in the UK alone.

Scientists have created three sequencing techniques that analyse cell-free DNA within the blood. These methods, which look for mutations and genomic changes, have said to be between 38 and 51% accurate at detecting the disease early on and up to 89% effective at detecting late-stage cancers.

These findings have been deemed “very promising” by cancer charities and we are expected to see further development for the use of this potentially life saving blood test.

Lead author Geoffrey Oxnard, associate professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, said: “we’re excited that initial results from the study show it is possible to detect early-stage lung cancer from blood samples using genome sequencing.”

Oxnard then went on to say that there is an “unmet global need for early detection, that can be easily implemented by health care systems.”

This research opens doors for scientists as well as opening up the opportunity for more funding for research on the deadly disease and how to prevent and/or eliminate it at the earliest possible stage.

Dr Jodie Moffat, Cancer Research UK’s head of early diagnosis, said that it is “exciting to think that one day we could offer people a blood test to find lung cancer earlier, meaning they could benefit from treatments which give them a better chance of beating the disease.”

Phlebotomy Training Services are keen to encourage aspiring nurses, researchers and scientists to become involved in the skill of taking blood. Our training services provide a brilliant opportunity to gain qualifications and experience with the medical world. If you’d like more information or you’d like to book a course, call us today on 01609 751 610.

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New Blood Test Could Predict Premature Births

A recent study from students at Stanford University has been said to be able to identify a pregnant woman’s exact due date. The new blood test was created to offer an alternative/cheaper option to measure due dates, than ultrasound scans, which can cost around £100 per screening.

The technique could play an important role in predicting premature births and opening up more doors for research and funding for the care of pregnant women. The blood tests and research carried out so far have shown a 75-80% accuracy in predicting due dates and complications.

In the UK alone, more than 15 million babies are born prematurely, often with little to no explanation. Doctors have never had access to a great deal of funding for the research, leaving many mothers with the answer of “these things just happen.”

The tests measure genetic activity in the maternal, placental, and foetal genes. It looks at the mother’s blood levels of cell-free RNA (the body’s messenger to ‘protein-making factories.’) The blood samples collected during a pregnancy, can determine which genes give accurate readings of gestational age and the risk of premature births.

“I’ve spent a lot of time over the years working to understand preterm delivery. This is the first real, significant scientific progress on this problem in a long time” said Professor Mads Melbye.

Prematurity is largest cause of infant mortality and the biggest cause of death of children under 5 in the world – the student’s research could massively impact this statistic, if more development is to be made on their testing method.

“This gives a super high-resolution view of pregnancy and human development that no one’s ever seen before.”

Phlebotomy Training Services provide a brilliant opportunity for students to learn the skill of extracting blood – opening a number of doors for future careers in research and development. For more information, or to book a course, call us today on 01609 751610.

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Man With Miracle Blood Makes His Final Donation

Anybody donating blood is a special thing; blood donations save countless lives per year. But in Australia a very special, record holding man, has just made his last donation.

James Harrison, 81, has donated blood 1173 times and it is estimated that his blood donations have saved the lives of over 2,000,000 babies. For this he was awarded a Medal of Order and was known as ‘The Man with The Golden Arm’.

The reason why James’s blood is so special is that it contains a special antibody which can be used to treat Rhesus Disease. This is a condition in which the blood of pregnant mother’s attacks the fetus in the womb.

The only reason Mr Harrison has stopped giving blood is that he has reached the upper legal age limit of 81, he stated that if he could keep donating then he would, “I’ve saved a lot of lives and got a lot of new kids into the world, so, that makes me feel good.”

It is thought that he developed this particular antibody when he had a lung removed at the age of 14 and needed a blood transfusion in order to survive the operation. Then at the age of 20 he made his first donation and has carried on every fortnight ever since at his local red cross centre.

In the UK there is a blood donation service ran by the NHS who are constantly crying out for blood donations. To find out how and when to donate blood you can visit their website here.

Phlebotomy Training Services are the most established and respected phlebotomy training provider in the UK. We provide a range of training courses from our entry level basic course, through to corporate training and the phlebotomy diploma.

To find out more about phlebotomy, how to forge a career out of it or any of our services simply call us on 01609 751 610 or contact us here.