Phlebotomists are technicians in the health profession that specialize in drawing blood from patients and preparing the samples for medical analysis. Most phlebotomists practice in doctors’ offices or hospital settings and work directly with patients. Phlebotomists perform a variety of tasks related to the process of drawing blood. The level of responsibility depends on the phlebotomist’s acquired training and experience.
Generally, the phlebotomist can expect to begin the procedure by gathering the medical materials necessary to draw blood, including tourniquets, needles, vials, alcohol swabs and bandages. Materials need to be arranged on an accessible work tray prior to the initiation of the blood draw for each individual patient to ensure an organized execution of the procedure.
The aim of this programme is to provide the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge in phlebotomy. Such as:
- the role of phlebotomy within the pathology department
- the importance of professional standards and codes of practice
- the methods of blood collection
- the aspects of blood taking and the requirements for different sample tubes and labelling protocols
- anatomical and physiological considerations in choosing appropriate sites for venepuncture
- the health and safety aspects of phlebotomy