Join Healthcare Industry as a Professional Phlebotomist

The need for health care is universal, and most of the healthcare centers offer a wide range of career opportunity to aspirants of all qualification. Phlebotomy is an interesting, challenging at the same time rewarding career option for people who are comfortable with venipuncture procedure, love to meet board range of patients from different areas of life, have the ability to handle high-pressure situations calmly and give importance to minute details. Before stepping into the healthcare industry as a phlebotomist, it is advisable to pursue phlebotomy program from reputed medical school. There are numerous short-term courses available on phlebotomy procedure which will help aspiring phlebotomists to understand procedure better and perform well in the workplace.

Efficient patient care

The primary responsibility of phlebotomists is to draw blood from patients with extreme care and send the specimen to the laboratory for testing purpose. Most of the healthcare centers, hospitals, clinics, blood donation center, community healthcare center, laboratory, etc. hire professional phlebotomists after proper evaluation of their skills as required for the job profile and comprehensive background verification. Patient care is utmost important in the healthcare industry, and with effective interpersonal skills, every phlebotomist can shine in their career eventually can draw huge earning. Some of the essential skills expected from every healthcare professional are:

  • Self-confidence
  • Strong work ethic
  • Open to feedback
  • Appropriate body language
  • Good listening ability
  • Collaboration

Stay alert and focused

It is common practice by doctors to evaluate the blood reports before deciding on any treatment procedure for the patents. Blood provides ample of information regarding the health condition of the patients, and hence phlebotomists must perform all the procedures with perfection to avoid erroneous result.  Even choosing the right color top tube as per test requirements is an essential procedure to avoid cross-contamination. Each color indicates the presence of certain additives and only phlebotomists with proper knowledge of phlebotomy test tubes can perform an order of draw efficiently.

Recommended order of draw:

  • non-additive tube (red top)
  • SST (red-gray or gold top)
  • Sodium heparin (dark green top)
  • PST (light green top)
  • EDTA (lavender top)
  • ACDA or ACDB (pale yellow top)
  • Oxalate/fluoride (light gray top)

High-quality equipment

Every phlebotomist should keep their workstation clean and tidy. A healthy and germ-free environment is important for both healthcare professionals and patients. With effective and reliable equipment such as needles, syringes, holder/ adapter, tourniquet, alcohol wipes, povidone-iodine wipes/ swabs, gauze sponges, adhesive bandages/tape, etc. phlebotomists can perform the procedure more efficiently. The phlebotomists should make sure that floor, chairs and other furniture are sterilized properly. Some of the other safety measures that need to be taken care of are:

  • carry out hand hygiene such as washing hand with soap before and after handling each patient
  • wearing gloves during puncture procedure
  • swabs the puncture site with an antiseptic
  • sterile single-time use device for blood sampling
  • Dispose of used materials in designated containers
  • leak-proof bags for transportation of the sample
  • use masks, visors and eye protection while handling patients with communicable diseases

Ellen Cone