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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Phlebotomy Training Services (PTS) was founded in July 2007 by Alison Purkiss (Cert Ed). Alison is a phlebotomist of over 15 years experience who has worked in hospitals and GP practices across the NHS. Alison is an expert in venepuncture and cannulation, and is also a trained teacher. Alison earned her Certificate in Education in September 1995.