With a global pandemic, there are clear expectations for people to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Most people undergo routine blood draws but are currently afraid or unable to enter a hospital or clinic due to the coronavirus. With these restrictions, mobile phlebotomy services are gaining popularity.
Mobile phlebotomists travel from client to client to provide them the necessary services they need and come prepared to serve their patients at a place that is safe and practical for them. These services are more convenient than the traditional doctor’s appointment and benefit a wide range of people.
What Are Mobile Phlebotomy Services?
Mobile phlebotomy services are standard phlebotomy services, such as blood draws, that are administered at home or work by a mobile phlebotomist. Mobile phlebotomy services are increasing in use and make blood draws more accessible for specific patients. To schedule mobile phlebotomy services, contact a local clinic, hospital, or phlebotomist organization for a referral.
Benefits of Mobile Phlebotomy
Yes, mobile phlebotomy has helped many people during COVID-19, but the advantages of these services apply to any context.
With a mobile phlebotomist coming to your work or home, people don’t need to spend their time driving to a clinic. These procedures can be done in the comfort of their own home. Mobile services allow phlebotomists to be more flexible with their time and are more likely to allocate a proper amount of time for blood draws that is accommodating to both the patient and the phlebotomist. With this personalized session, patients will no longer have to sit in a waiting room for their appointment to start later than expected.
Being in a more intimate setting for mobile phlebotomy services, such as a house or nursing home, can increase the quality of care someone receives. It may feel more personal and genuine than a typical visit to the doctor. Mobile phlebotomists are more likely to work with the same patients over time, building meaningful relationships with their clients and caregivers. This particularly serves as an asset when phlebotomists are working with individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia. With regular visits, these patients may gain a sense of comfort, having a familiar, friendly face around.
A mobile phlebotomy service does not have to be individualized care sessions. Frequently, mobile phlebotomists work at blood drives.
Who Uses This Service?
Some employers have implemented wellness programs and partnered with local hospitals and clinics to bring mobile phlebotomists into their workplace. These programs help foster a healthy and productive work environment, allowing workers to have a peaceful lunch break or weekend, instead of going to the doctor.
Busy people generally find it easier for a phlebotomist to come to them than for them to schedule a time to drive to the doctor’s office. For example, several new parents use these services. With younger children, it may be challenging to find someone to babysit for a few hours. The ability to get your blood drawn while the kids are in direct supervision or taking a nap can ease their stress levels. Other busy people, such as celebrities and politicians, may also use mobile phlebotomy services to maximize their privacy and avoid drawing attention to themselves in a public setting.
The most common patients for a mobile phlebotomy service are the elderly and people with illnesses. Both of these populations may not be able to access a hospital and may be required to remain in hospice or nursing homes.
Although these populations utilize mobile phlebotomy services more often, anyone is allowed to use these services. Most people find that getting regular blood draws at a hospital can be exhausting, especially if you have to go every few days. Depending on one’s well-being, it may be best to stay at home instead of depleting your energy. Regardless, if mobile phlebotomy services are intriguing to you, it is worth researching.
PhlebotomyU CPT-1 Course
Mobile phlebotomy service helps a variety of people, and you can learn how to assist them as well. At PhlebotomyU, we offer a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT-1) course in which aspiring phlebotomists can gain over 80 hours in hands-on didactic and practical training. A unique aspect of our CPT-1 program is our partnerships with local hospitals and clinics to provide students externship experience. Within the 40-120 hour externship requirement, PhlebotomyU students have the opportunity to gain experience with mobile phlebotomy services. Mobile phlebotomy is also one of the most common entry level jobs that our students get upon graduation.
For questions about PhlebotomyU’s CPT-1 course, please contact us today.