The phlebotomy technician is the one who collects blood samples from patients or blood donors and are also the ones who will prepare the specimens which are needed for medical testing. A lot of patients are actually afraid or have phobias with blood and needles and giving blood would be the most difficult part for them. A phlebotomy technician will be the one to create an atmosphere where they will gain the trust and confidence of the patient while they draw blood specimens in a reliable, skillful and safe way.
The phlebotomy technician needs to like challenges and responsibility. Also, the technician has to be accurate, can work under pressure and they need to have good communication skills. This is essential because they will be working directly with patients, they need to also take note and relay any important information that they have acquired through the interactions to the doctors, laboratory professionals and the nurses.
The phlebotomy technicians are responsible for different things like:
Explain procedures towards patients
Draw the blood and to apply pressure or bandage after the blood is acquired
Take blood pressures, respiration and pulse readings
Do updates on the record of the patients
Clean and sterilize equipments
Send urine, blood and fecal samples for lab testing
Phlebotomy technicians also work in hospitals, donation facilities, laboratories and other health care setting to where the blood is taken and is analyzed. There are some technicians that travels and call patients that are homebound. Those that are working in hospitals or laboratories and ones that are operating continuously usually work day or evening shifts and works on holidays or weekends. Technicians that are working in small facilities works with rotating shifts. There are also those that takes emergency calls.
Accredited phlebotomy programs mostly last for a semester to a year in order to complete. Their hands-on training also include blood drawing procedures. The programs also covers lab equipment handling skills as well as proper methods in cleaning spills, preventing infection and also physical harm. Some of its programs also includes CPR certification.
Though the certification is just optional, it is being highly recommended due to the reason that employers need it. Certified phlebotomy technicians should also get a continuing education or to complete certification management programs so they are able to maintain their status. What’s more is that a phlebotomy technician may enhance more their chances of employability when they will become a certified as a Donor Phlebotomy Technician (DPT) which is going to help them to be qualified in blood collection centers. Being able to master the skills in phlebotomy may lead to a career on nursing or on other related health paths.