MLT = Medical Laboratory Technician
Patient: I came to this lab to have my blood drawn.
MLT: You are in the right place. Roll up your left sleeve and have a seat.
Patient: What am I being tested for?
MLT: Your doctor wants to know what your white blood cell count is.
Patient: What does my white blood cell count tell him?
MLT: Usually if your white count is off, the doctor suspects an infection.
Patient: How much will it hurt?
MLT: It is only a pin prick. I have to put this tourniquet on your arm to make the vein easier to find.
Patient: Is that my blood going into that tube?
MLT: That blood that just filled the tube is all that I needed. Thanks for coming in!
Patient: My doctor says that I need a blood test.
MLT: I can help you with that. Just have a seat and roll up your left sleeve.
Patient: What are you taking my blood for?
MLT: Your doctor has requested a check of your white blood count.
Patient: What information does that give him?
MLT: If your white blood cell count is off, it could signal an infection somewhere in your body.
Patient: Is a blood test painful?
MLT: I am putting a tourniquet on your arm to plump up the vein. It will only feel like a little pin prick.
Patient: My God, that hurts!
MLT: That was it! Thank you for coming in today.
Patient: The doctor sent me over here to have my blood drawn.
MLT: Certainly, please have a seat and roll up your left sleeve.
Patient: What is this test for?
MLT: Well, today your doctor wants us to check your white blood cell count.
Patient: What does that tell him?
MLT: Well, if it is elevated, you might have an infection.
Patient: Will the blood test hurt?
MLT: It is only a little pin stick. I am going to put a tourniquet on your arm to puff your veins up.
MLT: There we go! I got the blood that I needed.