What is a Phlebotomist?

Phlebotomists are healthcare professionals who draw blood from blood donors or patients.

They also prepare and process blood tests.

Since blood work is usually the least pleasant part of a visit to a doctor’s offices, phlebotomists should be well-versed in knowing how to handle every situation and patient.

The Phlebotomist’s Career

The primary duties of a phlebotomist usually include the following:

  • Explaining the procedure to patients.
  • Preparing stains and reagents.
  • Updating patient records.
  • Taking a patient’s blood pressure, pulse, and respiration rate.
  • Cleaning and sterilizing equipment.
  • Sending urine and fecal samples for lab testing.

If this field sounds like a great career choice to you, you need to research what requirements, training, and salary you can expect.

Phlebotomist Certification:

Certifications are optional but highly recommended since employers usually require it, and you can have better job opportunities.

Phlebotomy Courses:

Besides holding a high school diploma or GED, you need to complete an accredited phlebotomist program, which usually takes from 1 semester to 1 year and results in a diploma or certificate.


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