Short-Term Technical Certificate
The phlebotomist is a highly trained professional whose primary responsibility is the collection of blood specimens through venipuncture and skin puncture techniques. Blood specimens are tested and analyzed in the clinical laboratory to assess health, or to diagnose and treat disease in patients. Many factors can contribute to the accuracy of a patient’s laboratory test results, and proper sample collection is one of the most critical aspects of clinical laboratory testing.
Phlebotomists must be educated and trained in the collection and handling of blood specimens of the highest quality. This requires not only a high level of technical skill in the performance of collection procedures, but also a broad knowledge of laboratory tests and the specimens they require, a focused attention to details such as proper patient identification and preparation, compassionate interpersonal skills in interactions with patients, and knowledge of correct safety procedures for the protection of their patients and themselves. Phlebotomists are also charged with receiving and processing patient specimens other than blood, such as urine and body fluids.
The role of phlebotomist has evolved in different environments to include many other responsibilities besides specimen collection, and education in basic laboratory testing procedures is also essential. Phlebotomists are employed in a wide variety of settings, including hospital laboratories, clinics, physician offices, private laboratories, blood collection centers, home health agencies, and performing home visits for insurance agencies.
Extension 7194, HS 210A
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