Phlebotomy is much more than blood draws – it is a career committed to the health and well-being of others and we must abide by all safety protocols. Whether we are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or to follow needle disposal regulations, phlebotomists have a responsibility to create a healthy and safe environment.
Unlike standard measurement systems, there is an inverse relationship for the gauge numbers and the size of needles. As the gauge number increases, the needle width gets narrower. Each needle varies in their blood flow rate and compatibility with specific vein types. Here are the common gauges of needles used for venipuncture.
One of the most common questions asked by PhlebotomyU students is why they need both a national certification and state license to practice in California. While most states do not require dual licensure, California is one of the few that have additional requirements to become a phlebotomist.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are items worn by a phlebotomist to protect themselves from contact with infectious substances. PPE provides a barrier against infection to protect the mucous membranes, airways, skin and clothing of an individual. Here’s what you need to know.
What does it mean to anchor the vein? How does one do that and why? These are valid questions, especially for a phlebotomist. In this lesson we will discuss the importance of the Anchor system, while learning about both Anchor 1 and Anchor 2.
There are numerous common specialty tubes, which are not typically drawn with other tubes to avoid contamination. In this article, we’ll go over the common specialty tubes, the additives for each specialty tube, and the associated tests for each tube.
When applying for entry-level phlebotomy careers, it is important to gather all of your options and evaluate which opportunity is right for you. In California, entry-level positions require that individuals have their Certified Phlebotomy Technician I (CPT I) license. This certification allows phlebotomists to join a wide range of fields because they have in-depth knowledge and understanding of didactic and practical phlebotomy methodology.
The field of phlebotomy is constantly changing and growing. With an increasing demand for phlebotomists, this position guarantees relatively steady employment and exposure to new opportunities. If you are a fast learner who enjoys learning new techniques and wants to grow professionally, phlebotomy may be the career for you. Let’s go over a few major reasons to become a phlebotomist.
Each healthcare facility a phlebotomist may work at can have varying views on the practicality of the use of butterfly needles. Some facilities believe that butterflies are necessary in instances where a phlebotomist is facing difficult veins. Let’s take a look!
Mobile phlebotomy represents a career path that allows you to do blood work on the go and make meaningful connections along the way.
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Our courses are designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a variety of medical settings including: Hospitals, Clinical Laboratories, Clinics, Physician’s Offices, Blood Banks and much more.
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