When researching phlebotomy, or clicking around the PTS website and reading our downloads, you may have come across a few terms that you have not heard before. So below is a glossary of terms, to better help your understanding. If you come across something that is not on this list just drop us an email and we’ll get it added as soon as possible!
Artery – A blood vessel taking oxygenated blood away from the heart
Bruise – A collection of blood under the skin that has escaped from capillaries
Haematoma – A collection of blood under the skin that has escaped from a vein or an artery
Haemo – Relating to red blood cells
Haemoconcentration – Damage to a sample caused by leaving the tourniquet on too long
Haemolysiss – Damage to a sample caused by rupturing the red blood cells
Palpate – To feel for a vein under the skin
Phlebitis – Inflammation of a vein
Phlebotomy – ‘Phleb’ a Greek work, meaning to puncture a vein to take a blood sample.
Sclerosis – Thickening and hardening of the walls of a vein or an artery
Sharps – Things that can penetrate the skin
Vein – A blood vessel carrying deoxygenated blood back to the heart
Venepuncture – ‘Vena’ a Latin work for vein plus puncture, meaning the same as Phlebotomy
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