What is a Phlebotomist?
Phlebotomists draw and prepare blood for laboratory testing, blood transfusions or blood donations. Phlebotomists are trained to collect blood via venipuncture, finger pricks, or in the case of infants, heel pricks.
Where does a Phlebotomist Work?
Phlebotomists can work in many different healthcare settings. For example, Phlebotomists can work in clinical laboratories, hospitals, dialysis centers, physician’s practices, nursing homes, blood donation centers and in clinics.
What are the duties of Phlebotomist?
The duties of a phlebotomist will vary depending on where you work, however in most healthcare settings, the duties are very similar. Being aware of what to expect before you start your phlebotomy training class and eventually apply for a job is important so you can decide if phlebotomy is right for you.
Expect the following duties once you start a phlebotomy training program and when you begin employment:
- Identifying patients prior to blood or specimen collection
- Preparing patients for blood draws
- Ensuring all the correct supplies are available and organized
- Finding usable veins
- Performing blood draws (venipuncture)
- Collecting and labeling blood specimens
- Maintaining standard precautions
- Using proper sterilization techniques
What certifications do I need as a Phlebotomist?
Most employers require Phlebotomists to hold a certificate from an approved college or a career school. Phlebotomy programs typically last less than a few months and include classroom and laboratory instruction.
Employers may also require Phlebotomists to obtain and maintain certification from a certifying organization, including but not limited to the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) and National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
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