In accordance with the physician's orders, the nurse, phlebotomist, or laboratory professional usually prepares the patient, performs the blood draw, and readies the specimen for transport to the laboratory for analysis. A clinical laboratory scientist, CLS(NCA)/medical technologist, MT(ASCP) or clinical laboratory technician CLT(NCA)/medical laboratory technician MLT(ASCP) performs the testing. Results are interpreted by a physician.
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