Phlebotomy Job Description
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.
Information on this page summarized from:
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm
(2) Wikipedia contributors, "Phlebotomist," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Phlebotomist&oldid=445957184
(3) Wikipedia contributors, "Phlebotomy," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia ,http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Phlebotomy&oldid=437546234