The Importance of Blood Drawing Procedures

NCE Blood Drawing Procedures

The healthcare field has several different attributes, the clinical laboratory being one of them. Phlebotomy is the process of making an incision in a vein with a needle. The procedure itself is known as venipuncture. Phlebotomists play an important role in the healthcare field because their main duty is to draw blood and take specimens to the lab to prepare for testing.  The phlebotomists must take into careful consideration the blood drawing procedures while performing venipunctures.

As a phlebotomist, it is of key importance to maintain the correct blood drawing procedures when drawing a patient’s blood. The best practices in phlebotomy involve planning ahead, using the correct clean equipment, and using the right procedures.  Of course safety is of main priority, so washing hands thoroughly and also wearing gloves to protect yourself and the patient is critical. Make sure that the needles and hubs are single use and are disposed in the appropriate “sharps” container. All surfaces also must be cleaned with a 10% bleach-mix formula cleanser.

When drawing blood from a patient, there is a certain procedure to consider. First, you must identify the patient you are drawing blood from. Then reassure the patient what the minimum amount of blood drawn from the patient will be. After thoroughly washing your hands and applying protective gloves, the next step would be to position the patient with an arm extended to form a straight line from the shoulder to the wrist. Selecting the appropriate vein for the venipuncture is vital and to make it easier to find the vein, the patient can close his fist tightly. After finding the perfect vein, the tourniquet is applied 3-4 inches above the collection site. It’s essential to clean puncture site with an alcohol pad, moving it in an outward spiral pattern from the “zone of penetration.” Finally, the venipuncture is performed on the patient and the blood samples are taken accordingly.

At NCE in the Sacramento area, our Phlebotomy program teaches students the correct blood drawing procedures and other skills they need to succeed in a variety of entry level positions. Upon completion of the program, students become eligible to be a Certified Phlebotomy Technician and are ready to start their new career as a Phlebotomist. If you have a passion for helping people and working in the medical field, the Lab Assistant, EKG Technician/Phlebotomist program at NCE in the Sacramento area is right for you! Wait no further, contact NCE today for more information on how to become one step closer to chasing your dreams of working in the medical field.

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