Issue No 62.
A STUDY ON THUMBPRINT PATTERN IN RELATION TO BLOOD GROUP AND GENDER AMONG THE STUDENTS AND STAFF OF SAINT JAMES SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
By Mohit Tammireddi, Shawn Dean, MunaHoltzman,
Mentor: N. Sathyanarayana
Blood draws are the most common invasive medical procedure in hospitals worldwide, with roughly 760 inpatient draws being conducted every minute in the United States alone, for different reasons. One is to find out the blood type. The importance of knowing one’s blood type cannot be emphasized enough.
But drawing blood is an unpleasant experience at best and horrifying at worst, for both patient and phlebotomist. Some patients are anxious, apprehensive, and frightened, some moan, and some even faint. Not to mention pain, bruising, re-bleed, inflammation, and other reactions after the procedure. Taking blood samples can be challenging and frustrating for the phlebotomist as well, particularly when the patient is in shock, dehydrated, or simply has tiny, “bad” veins, or takes certain medications, or has other conditions that need special skills and care.
Will it ever be possible to avoid blood drawing stress? Like: taking a fingerprint and immediately getting the information about the blood type? And not only blood type…