Phlebotomy

120 min course

Course Description

Phlebotomy is the art of using a needle to take blood from a vein, usually for laboratory testing. It’s a really common procedure, so it’s good to get it right! Phlebotomy is the procedure in which a needle is used to take blood from a vein, usually for laboratory testing. The process is also known as blood draw or venipuncture. This course will look at the theory behind drawing blood and the process, as well as a range of things to consider. We are looking at the procedure for consenting adults, drawing blood from the crease of the elbow (ante cubital fossa). On completion of this course, you will be ready to move onto the next stage of training, the practical session.

Key objectives:

  • Explain why blood is taken & understand what we can learn from blood work
  • Understand the various elements: plasma, red & white cells, platelets, veins, and arteries
  • Explain the antecubital fossa triangle
  • Identify the procedure to avoid infection & explain how to dispose of items correctly
  • Identify the correct preparation for the area & the tray
  • Identify the correct blood tubes & their order
  • Understand consent & when to get it
  • Explain how to label blood tubes & the importance of labelling
  • Understand the procedure from greeting to saying goodbye
  • Recognize potential dangers from needlestick injuries
  • Identify possible patient concerns understand special considerations for lone working
  • Identify best practice tips

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