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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.



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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

Things To Look For In A Mobility Scooter

by Francisco Arnold

If you suffer from limited mobility, having an electric scooter can make your life a lot easier. You may be able to travel greater distances without fatigue or navigate your home more readily. Thankfully, there are now more options than ever before when it comes to electric scooters. But this can make it challenging to choose the best scooter for your needs. Here are a couple of factors to consider as you begin shopping for the perfect mobility scooter.  

Battery Life

If you will only be using the scooter around your home, then you do not need one with long battery life. As long as the scooter remains powered for 2 to 3 hours at a time, you can plug it into the charger as needed. However, if you plan on taking the scooter out and about, perhaps on trips around the block or to the mall, you will need one with longer battery life. Scooters with an 8-to-10-hour battery life cost more but will be much more convenient for you.

Weight Restriction

If you weigh less than 200 pounds, then almost any scooter on the market should be able to accommodate you. However, if you weigh more than this, you will want to pay close attention to the weight limit on scooters you consider. Riding on a scooter that is not rated for your weight can be dangerous, and it can also put a strain on the scooters motor, leading to premature failure and added expense.

Turning Radius

Older scooters and power chairs had a pretty wide turning radius, which could make it hard to navigate in close quarters. More expensive models tend to have a tighter turning radius, which makes it a lot easier to get around within the more constrictive walls of a small home or apartment. If you only plan on using the scooter while you are outside of your home, this may not be such a big deal. On the other hand, if the scooter will be part of your daily routine at home, you will want to be sure to buy one that will turn around corners with ease.

Available Accessories

Look for a scooter for which the manufacturer makes plenty of compatible accessories. having the ability to add a basket, side table, or other elements to your scooter will make it much more versatile. Many lower-end scooters lack the ability to add accessories.