The simple extraction of a blood sample from one’s (the patient’s) body. This is usually done for the people who need medical attention or donate blood, occasionally. But these days, the blood sampling is performed through medical needles. And to handle the needles, medical professionals like medical assistant are needed who are trained and certified just to collect blood from the patient. These trained medical professionals are called as phlebotomists. The blood sample that the phlebotomist collects, will go through a series of tests which will decide the problem that the patient is facing. These tests are usually done by registered physicians or medical technicians. The test result will give the doctor an insight into the state of health of the patient.
Now, lets take an example where a phlebotomist plays a crucial rule. In a serious medical problem or disease, phlebotomy is needed so as to judge the state of health of the person. But if the patient has an excessive amount of iron in their blood and the patients who go through the process of dialysis can have a normal process of bleeding like in other healthy people. But their blood needs to be checked on a regular basis and the transfer should be done under utmost care. This is where a phlebotomist comes into play and saves the day. Since the job of a phlebotomist is to do the job with most care, the transfers and the blood sample collection is taken care of by the phlebotomist.
One cannot simple be a phlebotomist. You need to undergo special training to become one. But before you decide to go for the training, it might be a good idea to check the law that prevails in the state about phlebotomy. The rule changes according to every state and so having a good look at the laws and rules of the state would serve you good.
The time taken to complete the training will be around a few weeks. This is depending on the school that you choose to join. A few things you should make sure you do before you join are, to check if the college or school is accredited. You should also check if the phlebotomy training course includes hands on training time as this is very crucial in the part of phlebotomy training. If the program does not contain any of this, it is wiser to choose something that will educate you in these spectrums as well. Although certification is needed in many states, many states don’t have it and it does not qualify as a need for the job vacancy as well. However, having a degree or a certificate has done no one any harm but has only made a person more successful.
The topics covered in the training will vary according to the school you choose but the general ones that are covered are the human anatomy, the various methods that are followed in phlebotomy, the methods of blood collection, the rules to keep by in the lab, and everything else you will need to know as a phlebotomist. You will be shown ways of dealing with patties, the basic first aid will be taught to you, the process of taking the blood for analysis and keeping it safe, the safety precaution that are to be followed etc. will be taught to you as well.
Although phlebotomy is a crucial part in the medical sector, your work will not only revolve around the veins of another person. You will need to help around with the doctors, lend a helping hand to the nurses and be a role model to the new recruits that come. The salary is lucrative just like the medical assistant salary.