What does a phlebotomist do?

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2012-06-22 02:08:58

They draw blood to be submitted for various tests. They need to

know which vials to use for which tests as different vials are

prepared and color-coded differently. Phlebotomists can work for a

doctor's office, a hospital, or a blood lab. Depending on where you

work and in which state will determine rate of pay.

A phlebotomist is a person who practices phlebotomy, or a person

who draws blood from a person for testing, analysis or for

transfusions during surgery. See the related link for more


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2010-11-15 22:59:54

Phlebotomists work with doctors, nurses and other medical

professionals to help provide valuable diagnostic tools used for

patient care. A phlebotomist draws blood from patients that will be

used to test and diagnose a number of conditions and may analyze

the information. Some phlebotomists may perform other tasks such as

record keeping of patient information, provide care and

instructions to patients or deliver and pick up samples that have

been collected.

Phlebotomist training may be completed on the job if the

employer offers training or courses may be taken to become

certified. Hospitals are often the most commonly found employers

who offer training that is completed on the job. This occurs when

there is a high demand for phlebotomists. To find on the job

training it is important to contact employers such as hospitals and

clinics or medical laboratories to find out about any available


Certification programs for phlebotomist training maybe obtained

through a number of accredited schools. A degree is not required to

become a phlebotomist though some employers may require

certification or a degree before hiring. Often blood banks and

blood collection facilities require certification through an

accredited program. For some positions training may include study

of laws related to drug testing and other services that are used to

provide patient care.

Training in safety procedures is another important part of a

phlebotomist's education. As phlebotomists are exposed to blood and

other bodily fluids, knowing proper safety precautions is an

integral part of the position. Training may include how to handle

spills, contaminants or safety measures for transporting samples.

Other training may include analysis of samples and how to obtain

proper results from diagnostic testing.

Those who obtain certification as a phlebotomist are required to

pass an annual exam to renew their license. Continuing education is

an important part of being a certified phlebotomist as it allows

for new techniques and training to be obtained. Practice tests and

study guides are available to help those studying for the exam

prepare for this standardized test. Further education in a related

field may also be useful in training for phlebotomist.

Phlebotomist training and certification may also have an impact

on annual salary as well. On average, phlebotomists who complete

either a degree program or maintain their certification status earn

more than those who have training provided through their


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