When you are awarded a Phlebotomy Diploma from our distinguished institution, career doors will open to you in doctor's offices, hospitals, blood clinics, research laboratories, and health clinics across the country. Phlebotomy training and practice is a growing area in the United States and the demand for trained phlebotomists is speculated to rise by at least 20% in the next decade. That means choosing a path in this discipline gives you great job security in the medical field.
Choosing a career in phlebotomy is a great choice as far employment opportunities are concerned. As new and improved methods of testing are developed and the population continues to grow, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics has claimed that demand for clinical lab workers, such as phlebotomists will continue to rise in turn. Independent medical laboratories are speculated to have the biggest increase, since hospitals are sending more and more of their internal lab work to external facilities.
With phlebotomy tech training, you'll be able to start out a great and prestigious career in the medical field. This route often leads to other excellent opportunities within the healthcare field.
A Phlebotomy technician, Phlebotomy Tech, Phlebotomist, Patient Care Aide, Patient Care Technician, or a blood drawer- plays an important role in any medical environment. Taking samples of blood from patients by venipuncture or microtechniques is one of the main duties of a phlebotomy tech. They must collect and transport the laboratory specimens and samples from patients and on many occasions represent the only communication between the patient and the laboratory. The purpose of blood collections can be for donations, research, or blood transfusions.
Because phlebotomy technicians interact with patients often, it's important for them to be able to talk to patients and also to be able to calm them in any situation. Communication with other lab techs and medical staff is extremely important and techs often have to work under some amount of pressure. It's a challenging but satisfying job. At Allenmore Institute, we know it takes great technical knowledge to be a successful phlebotomist- but also it takes a lot of experience with patients. Our training program incorporates patient needs training and lots of hands on experience to prepare you to be the best lab technician possible.
The main duties of a phlebotomy technician include:
* Drawing blood from patients in a medical environment (hospital, doctor's office, blood bank, etc.)
* Assembling and applying pertinent equipment (needles, blood collection tools, tourniquets, gauze, etc.)
* Checks/double checks identity records of the patient
* Puts on the tourniquet, finds the vein, disinfects needle site, applies needle to the vein and monitors the blood collection process
* Correctly labels and processes the blood collection
* Screens donors at blood bank (may prick fingers for tests)
If you have taken other courses in nursing, lab technician training, or medical assistance training, you may have learned about the procedure of phlebotomy. If you wish to practice phlebotomy, it's important to have had enough experience in drawing blood and understanding the entire procedure. Depending on the location you wish to practice in, you may need to complete an state-required test or certificate after completing your phlebotomy training at our institute. Certification requirements vary from state to state.
In our phlebotomy courses, you will receive extensive training and hands on experience with patients and the correct procedure for practicing in a medical environment. Above, we listed the basic duties. Below is a more detailed outline of the procedure and the training you will gain in our coursework.
* First, double check the patient's identity. For inpatients, you can check the arm band for their full name and medical patient number. For outpatients, you can ask the individual for their name and birth date.
* Make sure the patient's armband or spoken information matches the laboratory requisition.
* Clean your hands according to procedure and put on gloves
* Check the patient's arm and decide on the best vein to use
* Apply the tourniquet appropriately (3 to 5 inches above the vein site). Have the patient pump their hands to enlarge the vein.
* Disinfect the vein site with alcohol or iodine prep pads
* Get the Vacutainer prepared and screw in the multisample needle in the correct place. Make sure there is a needle safety device (Vacutainer procedures in more detail in the hands on courses)
* Insert the needle at a 35 degree angle, puncturing only the anterior wall of the vein. The tube should then be pushed onto the needle and blood should immediately start to be vacuumed in. All tubes should be filled entirely.
* Replace with another new tube when required
* After the required tubes have finished collecting the blood, the technician will remove the tourniquet and the tube from the needle.
* Apply sterilized gauze to the site and remove the needle. Hold the pad until bleeding stops.
* When the bleeding has ceased, a bandage must be applied over the insertion site
* All specimens are to be labeled with the patient's name and medical record number with correct spelling
* The time of the collection, the number of tubes and type of procedure must all be indicated on the specimens and requisition
* Transport specimens with utmost care and responsiblity.