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    Thumbs up Bloodless blood test

    Might be worth having your immigration medicals in NZ in the future if you have a needle phobia.

    It's the blood test you have without giving blood
    4:00AM Monday Nov 24, 2008
    By Angela Gregory

    Doctors in New Zealand will soon have the option to test a patient's haemoglobin level without taking a drop of blood.

    Non-invasive and continuous total haemoglobin monitoring technology uses a finger sensor to measure a person's haemoglobin or red blood cell levels.

    It could alert clinicians more quickly to internal bleeding or anaemia and provide more efficient management of blood transfusions.

    Until now the only way to test haemoglobin levels was to insert a needle into a vein, draw blood and have it analysed.

    New Zealand distributor Jan Smeath, of ProMed Technologies, said the potential for the American technology, about to be launched here, went beyond emergency and operating situations.

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    Wonder if Neil will get to try this when he goes to see the Haematologist in a couple of weeks.
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    Doesn't say when it's coming into use, but it will be a bonus for people like me who have to have regular blood tests. I'm sure they could use my veins as garden sprinklers, they've had that many holes jabbed in them over the years.

    Hubster will be relieved, too, as he pales at the mere sight of a needle. Then I pale at the sight of him paling, in case he's going to pass out . This new process would save us a lot of 'paling', if nothing else.
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    I like the sound of this
    When we got ours done for the work permit,Nicole went really pale and the nurse gave her some jelly beans to get her sugar up again
    Poor wee soul was in a state for ages over that
    And then when they did mine the nurse had terrible bother,had to then go and get the other nurse to do it.all in the needle was in 4 times argh
    I hate needles too,and had to put on a brave face in front of Nicole who was still chalk white.Even hours later ewhen she saw my wee plasters she went grey,i had to wear long sleeves
    So this would be most good when time comes for us to apply for pr,as Nicole is gonna need some hefty bribing for next tests
    She didnt take too kindly to the cervical injections either,went a strange colour then too
    but the blood tests were far worse
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