Order of draw is the tube sequence a certified phlebotomist needs to follow while collecting blood. Each tube is differentiated by the tube additive and color. A trained phlebotomist using the correct order of draw ensures they obtain a quality sample to be used for diagnostic purposes to provide accurate results. Let’s break down the order by tube and color as well as explore some ways to easily memorize and retain for life!
Why is the Order of Draw important?
If the order of draw is not followed, then the additives in one tube can be transferred to another, causing inaccurate results and cross-contamination. Inaccurate results may lead to misdiagnosis which may prevent patients from receiving the correct treatment.
A Handy Order of Draw Cheat Sheet
A Useful Order of Draw Mnemonic
Many phlebotomists use a mnemonic device to make the memorization process a bit easier. A mnemonic device is a phrase or saying that is easy to remember and relate back to in the future. It’s a great way to remember order of draw (OOD) because you can modify the sentence to be most helpful to you.
Order of draw mnemonic Examples:
Order of Draw Bracelet
If the mnemonic device is not working, you may have heard of another option of buying an order of draw phlebotomy bracelet or other wearable. However, we do not recommend or encourage buying the order of draw phlebotomy bracelets because the OOD is something you need to know without relying on a bracelet.
As a licensed phlebotomist, it is not only important to know the order of blood drawing but also the correct procedure and standard for drawing that blood. At PhlebotomyU, we value education because we want to provide hospitals, facilities, and laboratories with the best phlebotomy graduates. Our program not only provides teaching in the classroom but also real-time experience in the field. At end of training, students have hours of hands on experience making it easy to go from PhlebotomyU to a full time job.
The goal of the PhlebotomyU is to expand the knowledge and skills of prospective and currently employed healthcare professionals in the performance of blood withdrawal and to educate these professionals on the most recent trends in blood analysis and clinical laboratory medicine.
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