Have you ever thought of a career in Phlebotomy? Well look no further! A career as a phlebotomist can be very rewarding and long lasting in the field of healthcare.
Phlebotomist work in a variety of healthcare facilities, stand alone clinics, group practices, and even dialysis care with additional training.
Phlebotomists collect blood for donation or for testing, so the blood can be analyzed in a clinical laboratory. Blood tests are used to diagnose illness, evaluate the effectiveness of medications and determine whether a patient is receiving proper nutrition.
To collect blood from an arm vein, the phlebotomist first introduces himself/herself to the patient, properly identify the patient, wash their hands, put on gloves, applies a tourniquet to the upper arm to slow blood flow. An alcohol swab is used to disinfect a small area near the inside of the elbow. The phlebotomist then locates a vein and inserts a needle, release tourniquet before removing the needle, after removing the needle, dispose of needle immediately in a biohazard container. This process is called “venipuncture.” The Phlebotomist must wash their hands after removing gloves. Phlebotomists can also sample blood through skin puncture, such as pricking a finger to test a patient’s blood sugar or determine blood type.
The phlebotomist must ensure that all equipment is properly sanitized before it is used to collect blood. Accurate labeling, proper storage and careful transport are also key responsibilities.
AlliedRx offers a great phlebotomy program that includes a simulation lab and live hands on experience in the classroom. Interested in doing our next session visit our registration dates page to find out when you can join.