A Phlebotomy technician is a professional that draws blood by venepuncture (sometimes spelled as venipuncture or venopuncture) from people. They are also called phlebotomists. You must be a certified medical practitioner before performing such tasks.
Venepuncture is a process whereby phlebotomist usually collects blood by the use of needle and syringe. Other methods of getting blood samples employed by a technician are through fingerpricks (otherwise known as fingersticks) and heelsticks (also known as neonatal heel prick). Fingersticks is a technique where drawing blood is a lot faster and less stressful than venepuncture, however it can be painful. It is done by creating a tiny wound that is superficial which yields a few droplets of blood for blood test. Heelsticks (popularly known as Guthrie Test) is a procedure done by pricking the heel of a newborn baby to collect blood.
Aside from drawing blood, a phlebotomy technician is also responsible for proper handling of blood specimens. They must ensure that the blood specimen should not be contaminated throughout the process. They should label each specimen appropriately and bring it to the laboratory or to the designated drop off point. A phlebotomy technician records and keeps information of each patient and their bloods test results in a database. They are also expected to do some clerical duties like answering telephone calls, some reception work, and noting blood draw requests.
Many jobs for phlebotomy specialists are available in medical offices, private practitioner’s clinics, and registered hospitals. On an hourly basis, a phlebotomist may earn around $7.00 to $9.00. However, if an individual has been certified by a certifying institution one can start with a higher basic pay. A high school or college graduate who has basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (commonly known as CPR) knowledge can receive $12 per hour as his basic salary. After a few years, a certified phlebotomist’s salary maybe be about $15 per hour. The salary of a phlebotomist increases as one gains more experience. A technician with twenty years or more experience can earn as much as any doctor’s earnings today. A phlebotomist working in a doctor’s private clinic earns at least $0.5 more per hour than those who are employed in a registered hospital.
Some people start out as a technician in a hospital before being a nurse or a professional doctor because phlebotomy involves shorter training periods and is great way to start a medical profession. To be a certified technical assistant, an individual must learn phlebotomy. A person can enroll in a local vocational or technical school where phlebotomy is offered. The training may mostly be on the job learning to obtain blood samples from various patients. Patients may range from newborn infants to the elderly. The short course discusses the role of phlebotomy inside the department of pathology. It also provides the standards and codes of practices. An individual is expected to master the different methods of blood collecting and to know how to choose the proper venepuncture sites. An individual may be awarded a certificate by competently completing the training.
Phlebotomy technician plays an essential role in the medical field. They are responsible for drawing blood for further investigation of a patient’s condition.