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Replacing Blood Draws With a Simple Finger-stick

Can a finger-stick be sufficient for blood testing? A startup company has gained much popularity with their laboratory exam, eliminating the need for multiple blood vials. Theranos offers an FDA- approved medical technology, examining client labs with just a few drops of blood from a finger-stick. 

 Theranos currently operates in numerous wellness centers in Arizona, and obtained a state bill that allows residents to pay out-of-pocket for labs without needing a physicians order or insurance coverage. Physicians and health insurances are waived from liability and payments, as this is an elective medical exam in part of the client. Theranos foresees their technology in thousands of Walgreens throughout the nation, benefiting many Americans with low-cost blood testing without requiring a doctor’s order.

As noted in the Huffington Post:

Practically, this means that a person who is closely monitoring his cholesterol levels could pay just $2.99 -- half the Medicare rate -- to get his numbers without paying a doctor to order them first. It means a woman can know instantly whether she is pregnant, and whether her pregnancy hormone levels are rising as they should -- again, at about half the rate it would cost Medicare.

It’s key to mention, easy access to laboratory testing doesn’t neglect physician visits for medical examinations and wellness checkups. Theranos laboratory breakthrough is quite impressive with accessibility to testing, no need for a doctor’s order, finger-sticks replacing multiple blood draws, affordability, and no insurance coverage necessary. Yet, aside to all these incentives it’s equally important for clients to follow-up with his or her physician, reporting laboratory findings and any changes in health. The Huffington Post also notes how excessive testing can be a factor to consider, resulting in false-positive results and creating anxiety for some clients. Ultimately, the pros must outweigh the cons and so far Theranos seems promising. As the company expands strategies and procedures often follow suit, accommodating to client needs. 

* All information shared in this article should be discussed with your healthcare practitioner prior to incorporating any suggestions. This article is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide advice or direct client decisions.

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Yeneilyn is a Registered Nurse in the state of Florida since 2006. Her nursing practice began in the field of Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Hospital and expanded to care for clients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). She was provided the opportunity as LPN Instructor, which changed the course of her nursing career. She states, “Teaching nursing students expanded my view on positive influences nurses contribute beyond beside care. Nurses are central leaders in health education, client advocacy, and disease prevention.” Currently, Yeneilyn writes health articles and prepares Continuing Education (C.E.) courses for healthcare professionals. She continues her studies in the field of Nursing Education and evidenced-based nursing practice. In her free time she enjoys sharing time with family and friends.

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