Phlebotomists’ primary responsibility is to collect blood samples from patients for testing, transfusions, donations, and research.
Phlebotomists are trained in skin puncture and venipuncture to obtain blood samples. Blood can be drawn for testing in a clinical laboratory or a blood bank. After collecting blood samples, phlebotomists prepare blood, and other body fluid specimens, for on-site testing or shipment to another laboratory for testing. To register patients and search for provider orders and laboratory test results on computer information systems, it is necessary to know medical terminology and have data entry skills. Hospitals, doctor’s offices, blood donation centers, clinics, and nursing homes employ phlebotomists.
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- Dispose of contaminated sharps according to applicable laws, standards, and policies.
- Organize or clean blood-drawing trays, ensuring that all instruments are sterile, and all needles, syringes, or related items are of first-time use.
- Draw blood from veins by vacuum tube, syringe, or butterfly venipuncture methods.
- Match laboratory requisition forms to specimen tubes.
- Dispose of blood or other biohazard fluids or tissue according to applicable laws, standards, or policies.
- Conduct standards tests, such as blood alcohol, blood culture, oral glucose tolerance, glucose screening, blood smears, or peak and trough drug levels tests.
- Collect specimens at specific time intervals for tests, such as those assessing therapeutic drug levels.
- Provide sample analysis results to physicians to assist with diagnosis.
- Enter patient, specimen, insurance, or billing information into the computer.
- Document the route of specimens from collection to laboratory analysis and diagnosis.
- Draw blood from capillaries by dermal punctures, such as heel or finger stick methods.
- Conduct hemoglobin tests to ensure donor iron levels are normal.
- Safely transport specimens or fluid samples from collection sites to laboratories.
- Collect fluid or tissue samples using appropriate collection procedures.
- Explain fluid or tissue collection procedures to patients.
- Train other medical personnel in phlebotomy or laboratory techniques.
- Monitor blood or plasma donors during and after procedures to ensure health, safety, and comfort.
- Calibrate or maintain machines, such as those used for plasma collection.
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