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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

3 Tips For Riding On An Air Ambulance With A Sick Or Injured Loved One

by Francisco Arnold

If one of your family members or close friends is really sick or seriously injured, then an air ambulance might come to take your loved one to a hospital or other medical facility. You might be hoping to ride along, but you might not know what to expect. These are some of the things that you will probably want to know beforehand.

1. Be Aware That There is Limited Space

Generally, helicopters or small airplanes are used as air ambulances, and there often is not a lot of space. Plus, in the limited space that is available, air ambulance companies have to have room for medical equipment and accompanying medical professionals. Therefore, space is often very limited. In some aircraft, it is possible for one or two passengers to ride along with their loved ones. This is not always possible, though, and generally only one or two people will be able to fit. Therefore, even though it can be tough, it is important to understand that there will probably be limited space in the aircraft.

2. Know That There is Often Limited Time

It's important to understand that air ambulances generally have to work quickly. Sometimes, they are transporting critically injured or ill people, and it is imperative for them to get to their destination quickly. Additionally, it is important for air ambulances to drop off patients fast so that they can go and pick up the next patients who might need transport. It is essential to be quick when getting ready to get on the flight, since there generally is not much time to waste.

3. Prepare Yourself for the Flight

Of course, the main focus on an air ambulance flight is generally the person who is being transported due to an illness or injury. However, if you want things to go well, it's important for you to make sure that you prepare yourself, too. Wearing loose and comfortable clothing will help you stay comfortable and will make it easy for you to breath, and sipping water and nibbling on crackers can help you avoid feeling motion sickness while in the air.

Riding on an air ambulance with a sick or injured loved one is a good way to offer support and make sure that you are there every step of the way. If you want to do this, make sure that you remember the guidelines listed above to help make sure that everything goes well.