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Serum hemoglobin is a test that measures the level of free hemoglobin in the liquid part of the blood (the serum). Free hemoglobin is the hemoglobin outside of the red blood cells. Most of the hemoglobin is found inside the red blood cells, not in the serum.
Blood hemoglobin; Serum hemoglobin
How the test is performed
Blood is typically drawn from a vein, usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. The site is cleaned with germ-killing medicine (antiseptic). The health care provider wraps an elastic band around the upper arm to apply pressure to the area and make the vein swell with blood.
Next, the health care provider gently inserts a needle into the vein. The blood collects into an airtight vial or tube attached to the needle. The elastic band is removed from your arm. Once the blood has been collected, the needle is removed, and the puncture site is covered to stop any bleeding.
In infants or yo...
Using an insulin pump takes special training and a commitment to overseeing its safe use. But with the right guidance, I think it can be safely used by more people -- including those classified as "at-risk" and "hard to serve" populations. (By saying "high risk" I'm referring to existing classifications of predominantly low income, urban populations with limited resources). I've seen articles extolling the benefits of pump use for adults and, more recently, for children. One similar theme in these articles is the person's commitment to pumping: their "readiness," "willingness," and (though not stated this way) their "qualifications." The most common selection criteria medical centers desire for insulin pump therapy are: high motivation with family support, willingness to do four to seven blood glucose tests a day and log the results, accurate and consistent carb counting and a good rel...
Definition Hemoglobin C disease is a blood disorder passed down through families. It leads to a type of anemia, which occurs when red blood cells break down earlier than normal. Alternative Names Clinical hemoglobin C Causes, incidence, and risk factors Hemoglobin C is an abnormal type of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. It is a type of hemoglobinopathy . The disease is caused by problem with a gene called beta globin. The disease most often occurs in African Americans. You are more likely to have hemoglobin C disease if someone in your family has had it.
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