Phlebotomists are allied health professionals that may work in medical and diagnostic laboratories or physician’s offices. They are responsible for a variety of tasks such as interacting with patients and performing clerical duties, but they primarily draw blood to be used for different kinds of medical laboratory testing or draw blood at blood drives. Phlebotomists duties may vary based on their level of training and place of employment but they typically do the following:
- Draw blood from patients and blood donors
- Talk with patients and donors to help them feel less nervous about having their blood drawn
- Label the drawn blood for testing or processing
- Enter patient information into a database
- Assemble and maintain medical instruments such as needles, test tubes, and blood vials
- Transport blood samples to the laboratory
- Prepare specimens for the lab technicians
- File medical documents
- Test blood sugar levels of diabetic patients using a glucometer
- Perform bleeding time tests
How to become a Phlebotomist
Phlebotomists usually attend a postsecondary school or institution to receive training and certification from a phlebotomy program. Programs are available at several different locations such as vocational schools or technical schools and usually take less than 1 year to complete. Programs generally include classroom sessions and laboratory work as well as instruction in anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. Although certification is not required in most states, it is highly recommended in order to be considered by employers.
Training Direct Phlebotomy Technician Program
The Phlebotomy Technician program at Training Direct is geared towards preparing students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain an entry-level position as a Phlebotomist. It provides students with the opportunity to learn knowledge and skills such as the collection, processing, and distribution of laboratory specimens according to established procedures. In addition, throughout the course, emphasis is placed on safety standards, quality control procedures, as well as legal and ethical considerations that a Phlebotomist may encounter in the workplace.
Training in the Phlebotomy Technician program includes:
- History of Phlebotomy
- Effective communication and documentation skills
- Exposure to ethical, legal, and regulatory matters
- Infection control
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Venipuncture procedures
- Specimen handling and processing
- ..and more!
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Phlebotomists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/phlebotomists.htm (visited May 31, 2016).