A Phlebotomist's Vital Role in Medicine.
The Phlebotomist is a vital member of the clinical laboratory team whose main function is to obtain patients' blood specimens by venipuncture and micro-collection and transportation of other clinical specimens. Phlebotomists are employed throughout the health care system in Hospitals, Neighborhood Health centers, Medical group practices, HMOS, Public Health Facilities and Veterans Hospitals, Health and Wellness companies and so much more.
The field of phlebotomy has greatly expanded in the past several years, and the role of this integral member of the health care team has recently been brought into much sharper focus. The threat of AIDS, Hepatitis, and risks to all segments of society from other infectious diseases has dramatically emphasized the need for quickly expanding training programs, while maintaining the hightest possible standards of instruction and continuing education for these health care professionals. Patient and health care workers safety and quality assurances which adhere to the most stringent professional standards are essential at every echelon of the health care process. Society's continuing good health may very well depend on it. The phlebotomist has a direct effect on the overall quality of medical care.
Learning About Routine Venipuncture.
Through the entire training program, a phlebotomy student will learn about routine venipuncture. There are many different aspects to what a phlebotomist does each day. But, knowing the basics of venipuncture and how to perform it on many patients is the primary goal of phlebotomy training.
While each program may do things slightly differently, the basic concepts are usually taught for routine venipuncture:
1. Introducing yourself and identifying your patient correctly.
2. Find a suitable site for venipuncture.
3. Prepare the patient, equipment, and site of the puncture.
4. Perform the blood draw following correct safety standards.
5. Places samples in designated, labeled vials.
6. Ensure patient is okay after blood draw with no complications.
7. Transport specimens to the laboratory for testing
This might seem like a tedious list to perform many times in a day. But, training will teach you the importance of every single step. Forgetting to do just one can be dangerous. You could be putting yourself or your patient in harm's way. That's why each training program requires you to perform so many successful venipunctures before you're able to pass.