Phlebotomy is a skillful job in the field of health. It basically is the act of drawing blood by the professional technician either for testing or transfusion. Physicians and assistants of allied health field both can have this skill. Apart from the professional physician’s medical assistants, paramedics, and clinical laboratory technicians also perform this task.
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The technicians collect blood by performing venipuncture in a very small quantity from the finger sticks. When the blood collection is to be done from infants, it’s done by the means of a heel stick. Only skillful professionals collect arterial blood samples from the radial artery of the wrist or from the brachial artery (bend in the arm). This field is usually taken by students as the first step in their growing medical careers to get the practical trainings and to have the assurance that they could take up larger responsibilities within the hospital unit.
The list of agencies giving certified credentials to the phlebotomists are American Association of Allied Health Professionals (AAAHP); Certified Phlebotomy Technician, CPT (AAAHP). American Medical Technologists (AMT); Registered Phlebotomy Technician RPT (AMT), American society for Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT); Certified Phlebotomy Technician CPT (ASPT), American Society Of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP); Phlebotomy Technician PBT (ASCP), National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT); National Certified Phlebotomy Technician NCPT (NCCT), National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel (NCA); Clinical Lab Phlebotomist CLP (NCA) and National Phlebotomy Association (NPA); Certified Phlebotomy Technician, CPT (NPA).
NAACLS- National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Lab Sciences and NCCLS- the National Committee for Clinical Lab Standards are the milestone for the setting up of the syllabi for Phlebotomists. Phlebotomy is one of the most important areas of Medical sciences; phlebotomists initially get the trainings for about few months in a phlebotomist related career center or in any school or they spend one year in a study of anatomy. Moreover they tend to learn about the interactions with the patients, regulations, and precautions in blood collection and in its techniques. When the student does this training, lastly he needs to give a Phlebotomy Certification Exam. Furthermore the student has to have a high school diploma or GED and he must know about some general rules and tips. Here the background matters a lot, the cultural support can be advantageous to learn more efficiently.
Expectedly, the earnings per hour of the phlebotomists range from £7-£10 per hour. Some may earn up to £25 per hour. Canadian phlebotomist can earn approximately $25 000 to $42 000 per year. The average U.S. salary for phlebotomists ranges from $24,000 to $40,000 according to the work experience. Jobs are available for Phlebotomists in the sector of health e.g. Career colleges, hospitals and many universities also provide these technicians with complete practical trainings as well.
Thus, success oriented phlebotomists are more oriented towards learning’s, they are empathic, generous, determined and they follow the proper guidelines as set by the State and by the regulatory health authorities e.g. OSHA- Occupation Safety and Health Administration, CLIA- Clinical Lab Improvement Amendment and JCAHO- Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations .