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PHLEBOTOMY IS THE COLLECTION OF BLOOD FOR DIAGNOSTIC AND THERAPEUTIC PURPOSES

 

Regular blood monitoring is the most important step one can take to prevent life-threatening disease.  A well chosen complement of blood tests can thoroughly assess your overall state of health, as well as detect the silent warning signals that precede the development of serious diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.  Having the proper bloods tests can empower you to enact a science-based disease prevention program that could add decades of healthy life.

Over 75% of the decisions you doctor makes about your health care are based on lab results.  Your doctor is depending on information received from you lab to make the best possible choices for your treatment and care.

LABS:  WHO NEEDS THEM?
 
♦ People with chronic conditions (Diabetes, Heart Disease, Kidney Impairment)
♦ When there is a change in your condition (Infection, Confusion, Lack of Energy, Pain)
♦ Evaluate Effectiveness ( Response to medical treatment and medications)
♦ Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 

 
THERAPEUTIC DRUG MONITORING (TDM): a branch of clinical chemistry and clinical pharmacology that specializes in the measurement of medication concentrations in blood.  Its main focus is on drugs with a narrow therapeutic range, i.e. drugs that can easily be under- or overdosed.
Examples of Drugs analyzed by TDM
• Aminoglycoside antibiotics (gentamycin)
• Antiepileptics (such as tegretol, dilantin, depakote)
• Mood stabilizers, especially lithium citrate
• Antipsychotics (such as pimozide and clozapine)
• Coumadin or Warfarin

Therapeutic drug monitoring can also detect poisoning with above drugs, should the suspicion arise.

 

Ed Schrum - Sonnet Home Health / St Michael Hospice

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