What does a Phlebotomist do?

Mary Rumbaoa
Feb 9, 2023
Phlebotomy demonstration at APLMED Academy INC.

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.
  • 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.

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Mary Rumbaoa

Mary Joy Rumbaoa is a student support representative at Dreambound and an author. She has assisted hundreds of students in locating a suitable trade school where they can complete their training as CNAs and Phlebotomists, allowing them to obtain licenses to work in the medical field.

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