A There is no formal scope of practice for phlebotomists
defining their practices.
If a phlebotomist
is the lens through which patients view a facility, evaluate the image you are projecting.
At Orlando's 880-bed acute-care Florida Hospital (FH), 38 full-time phlebotomists
collect 15,000 blood specimens monthly--estimated at 50% of ail those drawn at the hospital.
From a risk-management standpoint, guidance for phlebotomists
should reflect the reasonable legal and clinical concerns, and clinical establish and appropriately enforce the policy.
How does a company with approximately 1,500 employees, 28% of whom are phlebotomists
, improve recognition, stability, and job satisfaction rates among its blood-collection personnel?
Last year, MLO published a summary of existing and pending state legislation on minimum training standards, licensure, and mandatory certification of blood-specimen collection personnel ("States fail to follow California's lead in certifying phlebotomists
," July 2008, pp.
can verify fill-volume guide cards by referencing the tube label at the time of collection, instead of fill volume guide cards.
Dennis Ernst asked the question of whether licensing phlebotomists
will improve the quality of specimens and decrease medical errors, in the article [MLO, July 2008, "States fail to follow California's lead in certifying phlebotomists
Because much of the time spent in the specimen-collection process involves getting phlebotomists
to the patients and transporting patient specimens to the lab, FH engaged in a LEAN analysis and identified tremendous waste in getting both the phlebotomist
and the specimens where they needed to go.
The saying "as California goes, so goes the nation" may be true with many political and social issues, but not when it comes to certifying phlebotomists
A multi-year deal will allow clinicians to order blood draws on patients to test through Quest's nearly 2,200 patient service centers and 4,000 phlebotomists
in physician offices in the United States.
With Iggbo, phlebotomists
find both freedom and the resources necessary to operate their own business and deliver high-quality blood draw services
Real-time monitoring equips managers with the information to confirm whether phlebotomists
or other specimen collection staff are meeting those scheduled times.
perform various intravenous procedures to deliver medication or draw blood from patients.
bill requires licensing of medical technologists, medical laboratory technicians, cytotechnologists, histologic technicians, and histotechnologists, and also requires registration of phlebotomists