Phlebotomists or phlebotomy technicians work directly with patients to collect quality blood samples for laboratory results. A quality sample is critical to producing quality test results. The phlebotomist must create an atmosphere of trust and confidence with patients while drawing blood specimens in a skillful, safe and reliable manner. Because the phlebotomist works directly with the patient, any important information gathered during interaction with patients, or noticed during the procedure must be reported to the laboratory supervisor so it can be relayed to the patient’s nurse and/or physician.
Phlebotomy technicians who collect units of blood from volunteer donors can become certified as a Donor Phlebotomy Technicians, offering specialized expertise to blood centers.
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