What Does a Phlebotomist Do?

Phlebotomists are trained healthcare workers that draw blood from patients for donation, testing, transfusions, or research. Blood drawn by phlebotomists can be used to evaluate the health and nutrition of their patients as well as the effectiveness of medications and even assist in diagnosing illnesses.

Phlebotomists have several tasks in a healthcare setting. Such responsibilities include: properly identifying patients, explaining blood-drawing procedures, as well as taking precautions and preparing patients accordingly. Phlebotomists perform venipunctures on patients to draw their blood. This involves applying a tourniquet to the upper arm of patients to slow blood flow and swabbing puncture sites for sterilization. Phlebotomists then draw their patients' blood into collection tubes and properly label them. Phlebotomists then dispose of the needles used during the procedures in biohazard containers and bandages patients' puncture sites. Phlebotomists may also interpret tests and deliver specimens to laboratories.

Key qualities of an effective phlebotomist

Phenomenal phlebotomists pay fine attention to detail, are careful, considerate, and can work well under pressure.

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