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Top Vein Sites Used in Phlebotomy

Phlebotomy is the practice of drawing blood from patients to gather data about their health. As a phlebotomist, it is critical to know which vein sites offer stable flows for blood draws.
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Phlebotomy: 5 Tips on Finding Difficult Veins

As a phlebotomist, ‘hard stick’ patients may be frustrating to handle. With PhlebotomyU’s five tips on finding problematic veins, this process can become much more manageable.
medical assistant vs phlebotomist

Medical Assistant vs. Phlebotomist

Which role is the one for you – medical assistant or phlebotomist? Although both career opportunities exist in all healthcare facilities, it is essential to learn more about the positions to prepare for and pursue the occupation you desire most.
which blood tests require fasting

Which Blood Tests Require Fasting

It is essential for a phlebotomist to learn which blood tests require fasting, whether or not the patient can drink liquids, and the fasting period's length. That way they can inform a patient about what they need to do to prepare for their blood test in order to have accurate results.
what is a butterfly needle

What is a Butterfly Needle Used For?

Butterfly needles are not intended for everyone. The thinner diameter is meant to help patients whose veins are most susceptible to damage. The most common patients that utilize butterfly needles are infants, children, and the elderly.
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Here’s Everything You Should Include on a Phlebotomy Resume

Resumes are your first impression on employers. It is a screening process to determine who is the best fit for the position. A polished phlebotomy resume will help you stand out from other job candidates and get an interview.
traveling phlebotomy jobs

What Are Traveling Phlebotomy Jobs?

Phlebotomists are required to draw blood samples from their patients. This process can occur anywhere, frequently in a local clinic or an international hospital, but can even take place in the comfort of one’s home.
mobile phlebotomy service

5 Benefits of Mobile Phlebotomy Services

Mobile phlebotomists travel from client to client to provide them the necessary services they need and come prepared to serve their patients at a place that is safe and practical for them. These services are more convenient than the traditional doctor’s appointment and benefit a wide range of people.
phlebotomy needle safety

Phlebotomy Needle Device Safety Features

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.
venipuncture needle gauges

Common Gauges of Needles Used for Venipuncture

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.
difference between ncct and cpt1 license

What is the difference between the NCCT Phlebotomy Technician Certification and California CPT I License?

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.
phlebotomy ppe

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for 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.