The Phlebotomist is responsible for taking blood samples from a patient. His/Her duties include preparing patients to have their blood taken and drawing blood from a patient safely.
- Obtains blood specimens by performing venipunctures and fingersticks.
- Uses technical equipment to safely draw blood from patients
- Labels all samples according to outlined procedures and policies
- Maintains specimen integrity by using aseptic technique, following department procedures; observing isolation procedures.
- Selects gauge needles and prepares veins or fingers for blood drawing.
- Explains tests to patients and answer any questions they might have
- Collects therapeutic drug-monitoring assays by collaborating with nursing personnel to ensure appropriate drug dose to collection time.
- Deciphers the best method for drawing blood depending on the specific patient
- Maintains lab equipment in a clean and safe manner
- Phlebotomy certification highly preferred
- Appropriate state licensure.
- Proven previous work experience as a Phlebotomist
- Certification with the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians, Inc. and/or the National Phlebotomy Association (NPA).
- Knowledge of legal requirements pertaining to drawing blood, handling specimen samples, and the use of relevant medical equipment.
Skills needed for this role
The Phlebotomist must have a strong eye for detail and must have excellent interpersonal skills. He/She must have the proven ability to prioritize a variety of tasks and must be familiar with infection control policies and procedures.