I really didn't know where to post this, but I had my blood drawn today for a routine test.
Anyway, the nurse took my blood, and then she applied the cotton for about 15-20 seconds, but when she removed it, I was still bleeding. This happened a few times, and then she made a comment about my low platelet count.
Now I'm freaking out. I've never really had a nurse who pulled the cotton up so fast, but she has me worried what that comment. Am I bleeding for longer than normal?
She worked in the lab and draws blood all day, so I figured she would know what she was talking about, but I know that in the past, they always kept the cotton applied longer.
The normal bleeding time(by Ivy method ) is in the range of 2 - 9 minutes depending on the method used and normal clotting time is 5 to 15 minutes.
I think that you should get a complete blood count,platelet count and complete coagulation profile to clear any doubts and see if there is any abnormality in either of these.Till then nothing can be said with certainity.
Hope it helps.Take care and pls do keep me posted on how you are doing or if you have any additional doubts.
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.