A phlebotomist is a person who is a part of the allied health care team and who has been trained to perform phlebotomy procedures in hospitals, health care offices, medical laboratories, blood banks and forensic agencies.
Most commonly, Phlebotomy procedures include:
- Obtaining blood for diagnostic testing.
- Removing blood for transfusion purposes.
- Removing blood for therapeutic purposes in individuals with certain disease processes.
In addition, the phlebotomist may be required to carry out any or all of the following duties:
- Preparing and transporting specimens while ensuring stability of specimens.
- Promoting public relations with patients, families and co-workers.
- Assisting in collecting and documenting workload data.
- Maintaining safe working conditions.
- Performing laboratory computer operations.
- Performing point-of-care testing (POCT) such as glucose monitoring.
- Doing quality checks on POCT instruments.
- Doing other testing such as rapid strep and breath alcohol processing.
- Processing specimens and performing basic laboratory tests.
Phlebotomy Employment Facts:
- Phlebotomists are employed by hospitals, health care offices, medical laboratories, blood banks and forensic agencies. Some phlebotomists are in multi-skilled agency positions in which they assume other responsibilities such as clerk and courier.
- Certification is not mandatory for employment but is highly recommended. The movement in the health care industry is toward certification and/or licensure of all professionals to ensure standards of care and individual competence.