Skip to comments.Uses For Phlebotomy Certification
Posted on 03/06/2011 11:42:11 PM PST by Niuhuru
I would like to know if there are any such businesses that draw blood, send it to labs, then collect the results. I know hospitals do, but would it at all be possible that someone could open their own one man business that collects blood as a phlebotomist, then delivers the blood themselves, and then gets the results back, then mails the results to the client. I thought that would be something to ponder with the rest of the world collapsing.
I am sure there are MANY state & federal laws you’d have to hurdle over.
No expert here, but quality control and HIPPA issues might rear their heads.
Nobody says you have to do it legally.
There are those that won’t ask questions.
Ummm...the lab will most certainly "ask questions."
You just need to pick the right lab.
Since labs won’t accept blood drawn from other then the certified they charge about $50-$100 dollars to come to your home to draw and then deliver it.
Question is whether there is enough demand and whether the labs connected with medical centers would not fight back if it cut into their income.
Underground labs for blood work? I don't think so. Good luck to them finding the money for equipment, for starters.
When I got life insurance, the guy drew some blood right there on the spot for a blood test. Apparently in Georgia they can be trained and licensed to do that.
Find or start a plasma center.
I'm betting, though, that the guy who drew your blood never saw or provided you with your results.
There are a ton of places that do nothing but drawing blood for various labwork, such as employment drug testing, medical tests, and so on. Places like Labcorp and Concentra do this. Some might even offer franchises, or the option to open a new location if you have the managerial experience too.
Quest Diagnostics is another one.
>>Quest Diagnostics is another one.<<
As is LabCorp.
The two are nationwide companies that do what the OP is asking.
Google both (I have used both).
See my post #14
In many states it’s illegal to release blood test results directly to the patient, only a doctor is allowed to do that.
See this link:
Many towns have drug testing labs, I am sure some even use Phlebotomists. You could also try and get a paying job with UHS or the Red Cross too.
> I would like to know if there are any such businesses that draw blood, send it to labs, then collect the results.
Yes there are. I visit one every 3 months for cholesterol testing. They also collect urine specimens, but usually only from pregnant women. All the results then get sent to the doctors who ordered the testing. It’s basically a 10 minute visit.
There is something you are not thinking about.... Why are people getting a blood test? Probably for legal reasons or will be connected to legal or insurance reasons down the line. Those results will be used for evidence in court. You will be dragged in by attorneys and questioned on your certifications, policy, methods and procedures. Then when your methods are found to be faulty, you will be sued by your client for loss of a job, insurance, and subsequent medical bills, or the guy that said he wasnt on drugs and was and kills someone.
Too many things to go wrong here and not enough money to risk it.
There are thousands of independent labs already doing what you have suggested although normally specimens are collected by clinic staff.
Slim & I are going in together on a cut-rate nuclear waste disposal business.
Having been a phlebotomist for over 20 yrs both in the hospital and in outpatient settings let me try to offer some advice. First off, do you have experience in the phlebotomy and clinical laboratory? If not, do not attempt this without at least 5 yrs. experience in the field. There is just too much variation in test requirements, patient types, laws, rules, and regulations, insurance and liability requirements, etc.... I would recommend getting a job with a hospital or outpatient lab co. or both at the same time like I did.
If you have a lot of experience, you should know most of this stuff already. If you really want to work on your own maybe you can consider affiliating with outpt labs, doctors offices, local clinics and such as an independent contractor doing their home draws or nursing homes and such. Health fairs and insurance companies regularly hire phlebs. on an irregular basis for health fairs, company physicals and more.
But probably the best opportunity is in drug testing. Get yourself certified for drug and alcohol specimen collection. All companies involved in interstate transportation have a regular drug testing policy for their employees. Trucking, your local transit, railroads, UPS, FedEx, etc. have regular testing for their employees. Pre-employment testing has grown by leaps and bounds. There is a lot of competition in this area, but there is still a lot of room for growth. There are lots of one man or very small group (under 10) operations, contracting with various companies for their drug and alcohol collection needs.
Don’t settle for just being a phlebotomist and drawing blood. Get certified in EKG and EEG as well. I knew a woman, she operated as an independent EEG (electroencephalogram) technician. She would travel to the various hospitals and clinics in town performing EEGs. She got paid from both the doctors and hospitals. Made a very good living for not a lot of work.
Anyway, these are just a few suggestions. Remember, advice is worth exactly what you pay for it. If you would like to talk more about this you know where to find me ... at “Free Republic” of course.
Cool, I just got my DOT 7A Type A UN2982 certified shipping drums in stock. (no kidding)
Your going to have to wade through all the laws in your state that relate to such a practice. When caring for my mother when she was terminal from cancer, the lab was assigned by medicare to come and draw blood every week to find out if she could again start chemo-therapy...also check with medicare rules...
Last week you wanted to be a virologist, this week you’re back to phlebotomist...
Utrasound techs make more money than phlebotomists, plus they’re in demand by veterinarians, too.
All I ask is that it doesn’t hurt.
Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. It is 100% tied to the phlebotomist.
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