What Does a Phlebotomist Do?
Phlebotomists are skilled healthcare workers responsible for drawing blood samples from patients for medical diagnoses, procedures, and tests. They label and store samples, which they then deliver to different departments for analysis. They also handle patient education and concerns, and assist them in resolving issues.
Phlebotomist Job Overview
In the phlebotomist role, you will prepare and sanitize the lab area and all needed supplies, such as needles, tourniquets, gloves, hand sanitizer, specimen containers, alcohol swabs, and specimen labels. You will identify the appropriate vein for venipuncture. You will also be expected to comply with all laboratory safety procedures. Success in this role will be demonstrated by consistently conducting safe and accurate blood collection procedures while making this an easy and pleasant experience for patients.
Phlebotomist Job Responsibilities and Duties
- Practices proper patient identification
- Performs applicable blood collection technique (capillary collection, pediatric and geriatric venipuncture)
- Handles blood samples with sensitivity and confidentiality
- Observes adherence to rules and regulations mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Properly disposes of contaminated supplies
- Maintains accurate and concise patient and sample documentation
- Processes high-volume blood samples
Phlebotomist Job Requirements
- Minimum 1 year of work experience in a medical facility
- Phlebotomist certification preferred
- Knowledge of OSHA standards and medical laws and ethics
- Excellent dexterity and able to remain focused at all times
- Detail-oriented and strong organizational skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
- High school diploma, a graduate of a phlebotomy program
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