A Phlebotomy Technician is very important in the support system of the medical team. A national board exam is required for certification. Students will learn to draw blood and take other samples, preparing them to go to the lab to be processed. Many phlebotomists say that every day is like a new treasure hunt as they search to find a productive vein! Students learn to be constantly moving and ready for a new challenge. The soft side of this profession is developing the skill to calm and reassure the patient, providing emotional support as they professionally draw blood or take other samples. A certified phlebotomy technician will find work in plasma donations centers, medical offices, hospitals, or even with insurance companies doing home visits.
Students will learn the scope of practice for phlebotomists, work environment and soft skills (patient communication, teamwork, diversity). They will also discuss cardiovascular anatomy and physiology and infection control.
Students will learn about regulations that affect laboratory personnel, quality control, and patient and employee safety.
This section will review requisitions, patient identification, and consent. How to perform a patient interview to help prepare the patient for blood draws and specimen collections. Students will learn non-blood specimen collections they may perform in certain settings.
Students will be taught other types of collections they may encounter in a laboratory or hospital setting.
Once specimen collection is complete, students will practice preparing specimens for storage or testing, specimen handling, and laboratory informatics. Students will also learn about reporting and distributing lab tests.
Students will prepare for venipuncture collections including phlebotomy and capillary procedures. Labeling and post-procedure care are included in this unit.
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