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Test Code BLOD1028 Therapeutic Phlebotomy

Useful For

The treatment of hemochromatosis, polycythemia, and porphyrias.  Therapeutic phlebotomy is a blood draw procedure usually prescribed by a physician as part of a treatment of various medical conditions associated with accumulation of excess iron in the body.


Phlebotomy using sterile technique

Performing Laboratory

Bozeman Health Outpatient Services at North 19th

Specimen Requirements

Prior to collection:

  1. Review patient's diagnosis, reason for procedure, and volume of blood to be drawn.
  2. Obtain necessary patient information before draw.  This may include but is not limited to the following:
    • Hemoglobin
    • Hematocrit
    • Ferritin
    • Blood pressure
    • Temperature
  3. Before proceeding, review above criteria for acceptable limits with reference to the therapeutic phlebotomy procedure and physician instructions.

Specimen Type: Whole blood

Container/Tube: Blood unit collection bag

Specimen Volume: Physician determined

Specimen Minimum Volume: Physician determined

Collection Instructions:  Collect blood according therapeutic phlebotomy procedure and physician instructions.  Closely observe patient during procedure. 

Specimen Rejection:

1.  If patient temperature is above 37.5°C, physician's consent must be obtained to continue.

2.  If patient blood pressure is above 180/100, physician's consent must be obtained to continue.

3.  If patient is not tolerating blood draw, procedure may be stopped at any time.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Friday


Turnaround Time: 1 hour

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