What does a Phlebotomist do?

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If you’ve read my previous post about what Phlebotomy means and wondered what a Phlebotomist does, then this article is for you. In this post, you’ll learn about what the job of a Phlebotomist entails, the required skills, and other specifics, etc. so you can feel confident in deciding whether to become a phlebotomist.

A phlebotomist’s job entails drawing blood from the patient, informing the patient and making her/him comfortable with the procedure while following the health and safety guidelines. Let’s dive deeper into each of their tasks or responsibilities.

  • Follow all applicable health and safety regulations as per the healthcare provider and state guidelines.

  • Inform the patient about the procedure.

  • Verifying the patient's documents and checking their medical history to see if they have any allergies.

  • Assure the patient's safety and assist them in feeling comfortable and relaxed during the procedure.

  • Choose a puncture site and the appropriate venipuncture method based on the patient's age and health.

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  • Perform hand hygiene and disinfect the entry site. Maintain neat, clean, and well-stocked surfaces and equipment.

  • Draw blood samples from the patient using sterilized needles, vials, and other equipment. WHO has a great, detailed guide.

  • Ensure that the ideal sample quality and quantity are met, as well as that the samples are correctly labeled before sending them for testing.

  • Update the patient's records and respond to any questions the patient may have. Provide information on post-procedure care and keep track of any side effects.

  • Prepare samples for transport and safely deliver them to the laboratory for testing.

  • Assist with blood transfusions when necessary.

If you’re still reading this and are still interested in becoming a Phlebotomist, you can get started by filling out an application for Phlebotomy classes near you via this link.

Pia Yapjoco
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Pia Yapjoco

Pia Yapjoco is part of the school growth and sales team at Dreambound. She helps facilitate school partnerships that expand educational opportunities for aspiring students in allied health and other trades. Beyond work, she curates her pup's Instagram, hunts for hidden coffee gems, and escapes into cozy gaming.

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