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How I want my Phlebotomist to behave

How you can make a difference as a phlebotomist:

A Caring phlebotomist:

I recently visited my doctor and needed to take some blood tests. I do not think there are many people out there that enjoy having their blood drawn! You can definitely say that I am one of those that most certainly do not enjoy it.

I was sitting in the waiting room and waiting for my name to be called when a young obviously pregnant woman sat down next to me. She seemed nervous and apprehensive. She did not stop fidgeting and at one point she turned to me and said;” Have you ever had a blood test, it is my first pregnancy and I am nervous?” I replied in the affirmative and told her it is not that bad. Seeing how nervous she was I wasn’t ready to say that I actually hate taking them but you got to do what you got to do!

This woman was called in right before me and although there was a curtain for privacy between the room and the corridor where I was waiting, I heard the woman sigh. The phlebotomist seemed oblivious to the woman’s fear and just told her to roll her sleeves up and comply. The woman must have been taking her time for the nurse was getting impatient as she repeated her request. It seemed that as soon as the phlebotomist was ready to draw the blood another phlebotomist walked into the room and exclaimed loudly:” Oh my, dear do not be afraid, you will do fine, many people are nervous, here let me hold your hand.” As soon as she said that you were able to hear a whoosh of air escaping the woman’s mouth in relief!

Wow! the second phlebotomist really got her patient! She understood and acknowledged the woman’s fear and did not make light of it at all.

Phlebotomist have the power to make things easier for their patients and can easily appease them. Yup I think we need many more understanding and caring phlebotomist!

Is blood different in the summer than during the winter time?

Blood looks different every season!

During the winter time your blood is fuller, for it contains more antibodies than during the summer time.

Blood pressure too, is shown to vary according to the seasons. During the winter time blood pressure is usually higher than during the summer time.

Interestingly, blood flows quicker during the summer time so it can make it easier to take some blood.

So it seems that seasons make a difference regarding the blood composition and quality.

However, regardless of the season when you drink, sleep well and are relaxed it helps phlebotomist draw blood faster and smoother. At times, mimicking the summer heat by applying a heating pad on the area before taking blood can help too.

 

Phlebotomy Training Near Me

Looking for phlebotomy training near me?

There are many phlebotomy schools that can train you in phlebotomy. The differences with all the schools is their requirements. You must do your research and see if they fit your criteria. Some schools are not accredited while others are. How do you know what is good for you?

Ask them questions that you want information on you such as:
  1. How much their tuition is?
  2. Is the phlebotomy training near you?
  3. How long it will take you to complete their program?
  4.  Is the phlebotomy training program onsite or online?
  5. What type of coursework is included in the program?
  6. Do they prepare you for phlebotomy certification?
  7. Can you take the phlebotomy certification exam directly from  the program?
  8. Can they help you find a job?
  9.  Ask for references and always check their website.

Now you know what to look for check out the phlebotomy training near me:

 

8 interesting and fun facts about phlebotomy

 8 interesting facts about phlebotomy:

 

Did you that phlebotomy is more than a profession?

1.Phlebotomist have a needle called a butterfly needle. Did you know that this needle hurts less than the average needle?
2. Many people are afraid of blood however a phlebotomist gets used to it and loses their fear.
3. Blood drawing was done in ancient Greece and Egypt.
4. Blood is sometimes drawn to see if a couple is genetically compatible- which means it is done to see if either one is a carrier to a genetic disease.
5. Hospitals store donated blood in a blood bank and use it when someone loses a lot of blood such as in an accident or surgery.
6. There are 4 different blood types.
7. Yes, people have different size veins!
8. Blood drawing saves lives!

You too can save lives by donating your blood to hospitals or organizations! American Red Cross is an organization that has various locations for blood donation. Interested about them and their donation information? Check them out here!

Now don’t you say that is interesting facts phlebotomy?

Phlebotomy technician and the various levels

What is a phlebotomy technician and what do they do?

A phlebotomy technician is also known as a phlebotomist. Their job is to draw blood to be used for analysis or diagnosis. See here for a detailed description. Blood drawing can be done from different areas in the body such as the finger, hand or artery. Being that some blood drawing is easier and less complicated then others, phlebotomy technicians receive  different training for each procedure.

The higher level of certification or the harder procedure they can do, the more training they require. Usually when a phlebotomist  wants to receive  their certification they will have to have drawn blood from all the locations.

Take a look at the various levels of phlebotomist and phlebotomy technicians:

1.Limited phlebotomy technician– This is the lowest level for a phlebotomy technician and includes basic training. A limited phlebotomy technician can gather blood through skin punctures only.

2. Certified phlebotomy technician I-This is the second level of phlebotomy technicians. Certified phlebotomy technicians I must have attended phlebotomy school and completed numerous skin punctures and veni- punctures.

3. Certified phlebotomy technician II–  This is the highest level of phlebotomy technicians. Certified phlebotomy technicians II received the most intense training for phlebotomist.  They are capable of performing all punctures including arterial punctures- which are in the arteries.

If you are interested in receiving your phlebotomy certification you usually prepare to become a certified phlebotomist technician II.

You may ask why there are the first two options for phlebotomy technicians. It is because it is always good to have someone somewhat trained and knowledgeable about punctures even though they cannot complete the blood drawing, therefore at times a doctors office will send an employee for basic phlebotomy training.