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What is phlebotomy?
phlebotomy is the practice of drawing blood
List five personal characteristics of a professional phlebotomist
dependability,Honesty and integrity,positive attitude,empathy and compassion,professional detachment,professional appearance,
Besides drawing blood samples, what other skills may a phlebotomist be trained to perform?
interpersonal skills, telephone skills.
What is licensure?
licensure is a documented permit issued by a government agency, either municipal or state, that grants the bearer permission to perform a particular service or procedure.
Explain the purpose of continuing education units.
certification programs usually require phlebotomists to participate in coninuing education programs and earn a certain number of continuing education units (CEUs)to remain certified.
List three organizations that provide accreditation for phlebotomy programs.
the following organizations provide accreditation for phlebotomy, AAAHP,the AMT, the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), the ASCP, the ASPT, and the NPA.
List three organizations that provide certification for phlebotomists.
The organizations the provide certification are, AAAHP, the American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals (ACA), the AMT, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the National Credentialing Agency (NCA), the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), and the NPA.
Why would a phlebotomist wish to become a member of a professional organization?
Membership in a professional organization for phlebotomists offers an additional way to follow changes in the field and to learn important new information.
What is informed consent?
informed consent means that a patient must be informed of intended treatments and their risks before they are performed.
What is confidentiality?
all information regarding a patients condition, including the types of tests ordered or the results of those tests, is confidential medical information.
Describe some of the acient phlebotomy practices and their uses.
The earliest phlebotomists drew blood in and attempt to cure diseases. In Europe during the middle ages, barber-surgeons performed bloodletting to balance the four humors, or bodily fluids, because an imbalance of the humors was thought to underlie disease. Earliest phlebotomists tools included lancets (called fleams) and suction cups, and they used ornate ceramic bowls to collect blood. Phlebotomists also applied leeches to patients skin for hours at a time to remove blood.
Describe modern day phlebotomy practices, their use in modern health care, and their similarities to ancient phlebotomy practices.
modern phlebotomy shares little more than a name with these ancient practices. Today phlebotomy is performed primarily for diagnosis and monitoring of a patients condition, and it involves highly developed and rigorously tested procedures and equipment to ensure the safety and comfort of the patient and the integrity of the sample collected.
List and explain at least four steps and responsibilities in the phlebotomist's job related duties
- 1. Correctly and positively identify the patient
- 2. Choose the appropriate equipment for obtaining sample
- 3. Select and prepare the site for collection
- 4. Collect the sample, ensuring patient comfort and safety
- 5. Correctly label the sample and transport it to the lab in a timely manner, using appropriate handling procedures.
- phlebotomists must also:
- 1. Adhere to all safety regulations
- 2. Effectively interact with both patients and health care professionals.
List at least four of the required personal characteristics of the phlebotomist
- Honesty and Integrity
- Positive Attitude
- Empathy and Compassion
- Professional Detachment
- Professional Apperance
Explain which one of these four personal characteristics you feel is the most important characteristics to posses.
- DependablityHonesty and IntegrityPositive AttitudeEmpathy and CompassionProfessional DetachmentProfessional Apperance
- if you are dependable it means you have integrity and if you have compassion and empathy
List the two most important legal aspects of the phlebotomists profession.
informed consent and patient confidentiality