Needle Positioning: The Key to a Successful Blood Draw

Categories: Phlebotomy

Those training to enter the field of Phlebotomy should know that one of the keys to a successful blood draw is needle positioning – an improper needle position is one of the most common causes of blood draw failure. Once trained, a Phlebotomist can use several simple visual cues to determine if the needle is positioned correctly in the vein. The angle of the needle can greatly affect the success of a blood draw. If the bevel of the needle is resting against the lower or upper wall of the vein, blood flow can be affected – this problem can easily be fixed by changing the needle angle. If the needle angle is too shallow, this can cause the needle to come in contact with the upper wall, resulting in an angle that is too steep, which can cause the needle to come in contact with the lower wall. To…

Physiological Variables That Can Affect Blood

Categories: Phlebotomy

Are you considering a career in the field of Phlebotomy? As you begin your training and become familiar with the numerous processes and procedures of the job, you should also have an understanding of the various physiological variables that can affect a patient’s blood when collecting samples for testing. One of the more obvious variables to consider is the age of the patient. Compared with adults, newborns typically have higher values of red and white blood cells. Elderly patients may have higher levels of creatinine present in their blood samples, as kidney function tends to decline with age. Diet can also affect the composition of blood. A diet that includes foods with high sugar will produce high glucose levels in the blood that can last for several hours. A diet that includes a lot of fatty foods will increase the fat content in blood, making plasma appear cloudy. If the…

Resources for Student Veterans

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Many of Arizona College’s students have served their country proudly as members of the nation’s armed forces and have decided to continue in that spirit of service and pursue a challenging and rewarding career in healthcare. Whether you’ve earned Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty or Selected Reserve, Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Veterans Educational Assistance Program, or Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) benefits, you can put these programs into action to help you receive a well-rounded education and hands-on training at Arizona College. Eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard may qualify for the Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program, as well as the Top-Up Program. With these programs, students could receive 100% federal tuition assistance for their military service. Arizona College students can also apply their Montgomery GI® Bill-Active Duty or their Montgomery GI Bill®-Selected Reserve to their education costs. This program provides up to 36…

Health & Wellness Expo

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On August 24 and 25, allied healthcare students and their families are invited to Scottsdale, Arizona for the annual Health & Wellness Expo. The expo will include two days full of workshops, seminars, breakout areas, and a trade show with dozens of insights about ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle in Arizona. The event also features VIP Nights with a VIP Mixer both Friday and Saturday night from 5:30-7:30 pm. The dinner on Saturday will begin at 7:30 pm. As the details of the training events become available for the expo, they will be posted online at http://www.uofba.com/events. On Saturday, August 24, the event opens at 9:00 am and runs until 4:00 pm; on Sunday, August 25, the event runs from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Tickets for the expo are $20 per person, or you can pick up free tickets at one of the event sponsor’s locations. Those ages…

Arizona College Expansion: Glendale

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Big news for Arizona College’s Glendale campus! Arizona College recently announced that it is re-signing its lease at 4425 W. Olive Avenue and will be expanding the existing campus by 1,000 square feet – adding new and upgraded spaces to its 30,000-square-foot campus. Due to significant growth in the West Valley population, including Glendale and surrounding cities, it made sense to re-sign the lease and expand. The enrollment at this campus currently includes 448 students, and employs 60 staff members that include administration professionals, program directors, and other faculty members. The Glendale campus improvements will include renovating the existing campus space while expanding, remodeling, and modernizing the student lounge, restrooms, and the Admissions and Financial Aid office waiting areas. With plans in the final process and soon to be submitted to the City of Glendale for final approval, the completion of these renovations is expected by the end of the year. Interested in…