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Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Five Phlebotomy Tips

Unlike many other types of laboratory professionals, a phlebotomist's job centers on interaction with patients. Obtaining a blood draw from some patients can be quite a challenge. Having to soothe scared patients and getting the blood necessary for tests and screenings is a difficulty all phlebotomists need to prepare for and acknowledge.

There are really only two reasons why patients would be nervous for a blood draw, said Dennis J. Ernst, MT(ASCP), executive director of the Center for Phlebotomy Education. "Either they've never had a venipuncture before, or they did and it wasn't pleasant," he said.

Below are a few ways to help nervous patients through the process of having their blood drawn:
  1. Distractions  
  2. Reassurance
  3. Be Friendly
  4. Validation
  5. Compassion    
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5 Phlebotomy Tips

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1 comment:

Kathi Waller said...

I became a licensed certified phlebotomist tech 1. I have been trying to get hired for over a yr now. How can I get hired?

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