Phlebotomy is a very precise and demanding branch of science, which includes the removal of blood from the body. This procedure is followed to lower high level of iron content in the blood which produces too many red cells. The people conducting this procedure are known as phlebotomists or phlebotomy technologists.
A phlebotomist is a lab technician specialised in the removal of blood form the body, and taking blood samples from patients for blood donations and lab tests. This is the most recently added profession in the field of healthcare, because it used to be the nurses and the doctors who would take blood samples, while also performing their other duties as well
This job mainly includes only phlebotomists (who themselves are a kind of lab assistants), but they also have assistants and helpers under their supervision who make the sampling and taking of blood more safe and hygienic, and are known as assistant phlebotomists. They are almost like phlebotomists but not full phlebotomists, which results in lower salary than the full accredited ones
A phlebotomists must be sympathetic, and very reassuringto the patients; good, social skills are very helpful. They should be responsible and should have a high sense of hygiene. They should also have good clerical abilities with excellent communication skills. Good handwriting is requisite for labelling purposes. A phlebotomist does not require any master’s degree, or any other kind of degree, but certification in phlebotomy is required. One can achieve a Certifiacte of Comptency by simply enrolling in Healthcare organizations and institiutions!
A couple of good GCSEs in subjects like Maths, Biology are essential in becoming a phlebotomist. A candidate must have good, satisfying knowledge of anatomy ang physiology of veins and blood vessels. He/ she must, and should be aware of health and safety aspects of blood-taking. One must have some experience in this field before; live blood sessions provided in the phlebotomy trianing courses may prove very helpful! It is highly advisable that a candidate have a Certificate of Attendance in these phlebotomy courses!
Phlebotomy courses are famously provided many healthcare institutes and agencies, all over the UK! Venepuncture/phlebotomy courses are designed for students who are interested to pursue this field as a career, and also for professionals like, doctors and nurses. Venepuncture courses are vital for a phlebotomist, enabling him/her to provide good patient-care to the people. These courses are not lengthy or complex. Some only take one day to complete; making an individual a knowledgeable under-phlebotomist (not a full, capable phlebotomist). These courses go hand in hand with venepuncture training which is pre-requisite for a well-trained phlebotomist.
Phlebotomists may work in many kinds setting, including GPs, hospitals, clinics etc. They are assigned the following duties:
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