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Phlebotomist – Hard to Spell, Difficult to Pronounce, Vital to Health Care Quality

02/18/21

Since 1992, Registered Phlebotomy Technicians (RPTs) and others in the healthcare community have honored the vital role and the professional excellence that phlebotomists provide in the delivery of healthcare to patients.

The 2021 theme, “Phlebotomists, Drawn to Help Others” emphasizes their commitment as a vital member of the healthcare team. Phlebotomists certified by American Medical Technologists as RPTs must pass an exam and have the required education and experience to receive this professional certification. A phlebotomist is a multiskilled professional who combines clinical and administrative responsibilities to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research.

Phlebotomists collect blood primarily by performing venipunctures or, for collection of minute quantities of blood, finger sticks. Administrative duties include accurately preparing, coding and organizing blood samples for analysis. Phlebotomists provide an invaluable service to both the patient and the healthcare providers in the community.

Phlebotomist recognition week celebrates phlebotomists’ vital role in maintaining patient health and promoting lab efficiency and effectiveness.

What Is a Phlebotomy Technician? What Does a Phlebotomist Do?

A phlebotomy technician is responsible for the collecting of blood specimens for the laboratory to help diagnose health conditions and illnesses. However, a phlebotomy technician is also responsible for prepping lab equipment, gauging a patient’s reaction to the blood draw and collect the fluids correctly. Some technicians will be responsible for properly disposing and shipping blood samples to laboratories outside of their place of employment, ensuring the right samples are received.

What Does Phlebotomy Mean?

The word phlebotomy means the drawing of blood by venipuncture for transfusion, diagnostic testing or experimental procedures.

Is a Phlebotomy Technician Different Than a Phlebotomist?

A phlebotomy technician and a phlebotomist are interchangeable job titles for the same career. They both draw blood from patients, take care of lab equipment, take care of patients while in the lab and ship samples as applicable.

How Long Does It Take to Become a Phlebotomist?

After receiving a qualifying high school diploma, students should attend an accredited college to begin the process. Phlebotomy programs may include up to 12 weeks of training.

How do you get phlebotomy certification?

After receiving certification for the completion of this training, you will need to take and pass the National Healthcare Association (NHA) exam to seek employment. After successful passing, you’ll be licensed as a phlebotomist.

Where Can a Phlebotomist Work?

Phlebotomists work in various locations such as clinical laboratories, hospitals, doctor’s offices and clinics, blood donation centers, nursing homes and other facilities. Anywhere where blood is drawn is the perfect place for a phlebotomy technician.

Is a Phlebotomist a Good Job?

If you want to be at the forefront of patient care and enjoy helping physicians solve the medical puzzle, phlebotomy is a great job for you. Phlebotomy technicians have flexibility in where they work and how they work, something some careers don’t offer. Phlebotomy can also open up new opportunities within the medical field for those interested in growing their career.

Is Being a Phlebotomist Hard?

The phlebotomy career requires hands-on patient care around bodily fluids and illness. For those who struggle with blood or illness, phlebotomy can prove to be more difficult than another career option.

Many thanks to the phlebotomists at CCMH and other healthcare facilities who advance the cause of quality patient care through their service every day!