How To Advance Your Phlebotomy Career

Phlebotomy Career

One of the benefits of a role as a Phlebotomist is the number of options available when it comes to advancing your career. Generally, these options include taking up a management or supervisory positions or becoming a donor phlebotomy technician. You can also study for a phlebotomy specialist certification to qualify as a collections phlebotomy specialist, registered phlebotomy specialist or patient service technician specialist. How Do I Become a Phlebotomy Specialist? One of the primary ways to increase your earnings and advance your career as a phlebotomist is to obtain additional qualifications and certifications. In order to specialise in a..


A Day In The Life Of A Phlebotomist

A Phlebotomist

Responsible for drawing blood through a procedure known as venipuncture, phlebotomists take blood for tests, transfusions, research, or donations. Most phlebotomists work in hospitals, medical or diagnostic laboratories, blood donation centers, and doctors offices. Working as a phlebotomist can be an extremely rewarding career, as you’ll spend your entire day helping people, but what does a day in the professional life of a phlebotomist look like? Starting Early Phlebotomists normally start their day early, around 5 or 6am. This is because they are responsible for ensuring that blood results are both consistent and accurate. In order to ensure this, they..


Hand Hygiene Techniques For Phlebotomists

Hand Hygiene Techniques for Phlebotomists

Hand hygiene is an essential part of the daily routine for anyone working in a healthcare environment. Cleaning your hands by using either hand washing, antiseptic hand wash, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, including foam or gel, can help to prevent the spread of potentially deadly germs to patients and the risk of a healthcare provider being colonized or infected by germs acquired from the patient. This is especially true of phlebotomists, as their normal responsibilities include the drawing and handling of patient’s blood. Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer vs. Washing with Soap and Water As a general rule, alcohol-based hand..


The Benefits Of Giving Blood

giving blood

Blood donation centers are one of the primary healthcare providers who can make use of the skill of a newly qualified Phlebotomist, performing a vital function that saves millions of lives annually. 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions each year in the U.S, that’s around one transfusion every two seconds, and one pint of blood can save up to three lives. Despite the life-saving value of donated blood, less than 10 percent of people in the U.S donate annually. But the benefits of giving blood aren't just available to those getting transfusions, the act of donating blood can also have..


What Are The Benefits Of A Career As A Phlebotomist?

A phlebotomist holding test tubes

Phlebotomists represent a fundamental part of any healthcare practice, with blood draws being the most common invasive medical procedure conducted in U.S. hospitals. The drawing and testing of blood is also a vital link in the diagnostic chain, with laboratory results contributing to nearly 70% of all clinical decision-making. But, aside from the chance to make a real contribution to any medical practice, what are the benefits of a career as a phlebotomist? Primary Benefits Short Training Time: Here at Northwest Career College, our Phlebotomy Course can see students graduate in as little as three months. This short training time..


Making Blood Draws Part Of Patient-Centered Care

Making Blood Draws

Blood draws are the most common invasive medical procedure in hospitals worldwide, with roughly 760 inpatient draws bring conducted every minute in the United States alone. In addition to being a hugely common procedure, blood draws are also a vital one. While difficult to exactly quantify, a commonly stated statistic is that laboratory results contribute to nearly 70% of all clinical decision-making.   Because of the ubiquity of blood draws as a standard component of healthcare delivery, and its invasive nature, blood draws represent an ideal area in which to innovate and focus on patient-centered healthcare. What Are The Problems?..


What is a Phlebotomist?

A Phlebotomist drawing blood

Patients ask me all the time: “You’re a Flee-bot-o-mist?” as they are trying to read my title on my  badge. I can’t help but reply: “Yes, I’m a phlebotomist. It’s greek for ‘vampire’ ”.  It’s a good ice-breaker and you get the patient to laugh. It also gets them thinking: ‘Well, what is a phlebotomist?’ and that’s very important. Not many people realize a phlebotomist is more than just a person with a needle in their hand (or fangs for teeth…see what I did there?).   A phlebotomist is an individual who practices the art of phlebotomy or ‘the incision..