Phlebotomy Job Description
What do Phlebotomy Technicians do? Phlebotomy Technicians are trained to draw blood for donation or laboratory tests. They collect blood from finger sticks or with a needle from veins or arteries.
A Phlebotomy Technician job description includes assembly of equipment such as needles, gauze, vials, alcohol and tourniquets. They also verify patient information, label specimen vials and submit specimens for further processing or testing. Phlebotomy Technicians work with doctors, nurses and other medical professional team members. A Phlebotomy Technician finds a vein suitable for blood extraction from the patient. Once a vein is located and punctured with a needle, the needle remains in place while the Phlebotomy Technician collects blood in sample tubes which are vacuum sealed with a rubber stopper. The tubes may or may not include various reagents or additives depending on the specific test ordered on the blood. These can include clot activators, a gel for serum separation, a gel for plasma separation, or additives for reactions.