Types of Blood Specimens

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Course Objectives

  1. Review the basic concepts of blood composition, blood flow and coagulation
  2. Discuss the differences between serum, plasma, and whole blood, including their composition, properties, and collection requirements
  3. Describe the basics of collecting and processing the different types of blood specimens, and the specimen collection requirements for common types of blood tests
  4. Emphasize the role of the phlebotomist in ensuring the accuracy of specimen collection, as part of the goals of patient care

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