Job Duties of a Phlebotomist

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Phlebotomist technicians can work in private clinics, physician’s offices, hospitals, research centers, blood banks, nursing homes and in insurance industries. In this field, there is an interaction with nurses, doctors, patients and other clinical workers of which all have different ages and social classes.

Tasks of Phlebotomists

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The main duty of a phlebotomy worker is to remove blood from patients that is used in different ways. Their responsibilities expand past drawing blood to being good communicators, timekeepers, knowing and practicing all lab rules, sticking to CDC approvals and OSHA recommendations. The following are some of phlebotomist obligations that he carries daily.

  • Bringing together timed samples, the phlebotomist must have the understanding of the importance of timing especially if it relates to curative medicine level and any other crucial examining procedures. They must also adhere to all rules established for lab samples.
  • They should always make sure they label and record all the specimens’ tubes they gather with the correct dates and corrects initials. The label consists of the patient’s name, date of birth, date and time of blood drawing.
  • Phlebotomy technicians are obliged to match all the lab application forms and samples tubes and keep all the lab records in a safe place out of access to authorized personnel.
  • Phlebotomists have to follow all safety measures in the lab and communicate the precautions to any other laboratory user.
  • They make orders and receive all ordered items to be used in the laboratories. They arrange the supplies.
  • They make sure the laboratory is clean and all equipments are clean, sterilized and dry and are stored in safe positions to protect them from breaking.
  • Phlebotomy technician has a duty of making sure blood-removing trays are stored while clean and neat.
  • In case of a research in the phlebotomy field to resolve a problem, they take part in data collection, data analysis and in decision-making.
  • They communicate to the Lab Supervisor of any likely danger.
  • In the case when the phlebotomists visit patients in their homes, they are responsible in the transportation of the samples to the labs.
  • They also have a duty of taking measures for storing and transporting specimens to be analyzed by other health professionals.
  • Phlebotomists working in labs have a duty to make sure that specimens are examined correctly and are free from any contaminations.



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