The highly challenging and specialized profession of a phlebotomist offers a satisfying and enriching line of work. Performing on the front line of the medical field includes the responsibility of compiling information that can determine the future of each and every patient. It is a vital part of the puzzle in getting people's lives back on track. Before choosing this career, there are a few things to consider.
A phlebotomist is in charge of extracting and collecting blood through the vein (venipuncture) and capillaries as well as performing arterial (artery) puncturing. There is little room for error and extractions need to be done with little or no pain to the patient. Venipuncture can also include the ability to perform multiple collections in one sitting requiring the ability to handle blood flow and pressure all at once. You cannot be squeamish or weakened by the sight of blood and/or sick people. You must be understanding and compassionate finding empathy for each patient and their multitude of potential outcomes. If you are not capable of this and simply want a paycheck, phlebotomy may not be for you.
You will have to complete an accredited training program at a technical school or college which can last anywhere from eight or nine months to a year or two. You must have at least a high school degree to enter these programs. Areas of study include anatomy, physiology, biology, pathology, proper sterilization techniques, hazardous waste handling, ethics, safety precautions, patient care, and CPR and emergency procedures.
Learning material includes text, lectures, hands-on lab work and a clinical internship. Once you have graduated and logged in enough venipunctures, skin punctures and hours then you should get certified. Certification is obtained through passing a test that compiles written as well as practical scores and will considerably enhance your employment success.
Starting out as a phlebotomist your salary can range from approximately twenty-three to thirty-five thousand dollars per year depending on your location. Many phlebotomists branch out and learn other professions such as a MLT (Medical Laboratory Technician), EKG Technician or Surgical Technologist (Scrub Tech). After becoming familiar with phlebotomy and the medical community, learning these or other related careers can increase your pay scale.
Strict organizational skills are required for a career in phlebotomy. Lost or inaccurate patient information can sometimes lead to detrimental physical as well as mental duress. Make sure that you are capable and willing to follow stringent office procedures required. It helps to possess the following skills: neat handwriting, basic computer skills, multi-tasking abilities, labeling experience, efficient categorization and classification, and good interpersonal communication.
Other aspects of phlebotomy include knowing the difference between a vein, tendon or artery; memorizing and identifying test tube additives; tourniquet application; needle gauge differentiation; finger stick application and infant and child collection.
I did this during my years of nursing and was good at it. I think that is important since I would not want someone who is not efficient working on my veins. Thank you for the list.h5
I know someone who does this; she refers to herself as a "vampire" lol! H5!
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