A career in phlebotomy requires willingness to thoroughly learn and practice the art of venipuncture and other blood collection techniques, and the ability to cope with physical demands of constant patient contact. The phlebotomist must lift, bend, carry and support constant weight from the phlebotomy collection tray. Phlebotomists remain on their feet all day as they walk continuously in their phlebotomy role. Visual acuity sufficient to provide high standard of care and work with standard computer terminal, as well as ability to analyze the blood samples after they are collected is required.
Watch this short phlebotomy video clip!
A typical curriculum usually includes, but is not necessarily limited to, live phlebotomy demonstrations.
ATTENTION: Please realize that this video (published from YouTube) isNOT HERE TO TEACHyou phlebotomy techniques, but merely to show you different scenarios of the phlebotomist's daily routine.The video may contain techniques, or procedures that do not conform to proper and safe venipuncture protocol. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.
Overview of standard (universal) precautions
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
Basic anatomy and physiology of the blood supply
Equipment and supplies
Potential patient reactions to venipuncture and complications
Interventions to patient reactions and complications
Preparation for practicum
Skills check list (venipuncture performance evaluation).
Venipuncture Equipment List
Appropriate understanding of equipment and supplies and their use is an essential part of the phlebotomist training to get them to a high level of proficiency: