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Also Known as: Laboratory Phlebotomist, Phlebotomist and Vitals Technologist, Medical Screener and Phlebotomist

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Draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research. May explain the procedure to patients and assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions.

Top Skills for this Job

  • Active Listening
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Service Orientation
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing

Top Tasks for this Job

  • Collect fluid or tissue samples, using appropriate collection procedures.
  • Dispose of blood or other biohazard fluids or tissue, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, or policies.
  • Dispose of contaminated sharps, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, and policies.
  • Document route of specimens from collection to laboratory analysis and diagnosis.
  • Draw blood from capillaries by dermal puncture, such as heel or finger stick methods.
  • Draw blood from veins by vacuum tube, syringe, or butterfly venipuncture methods.
  • Explain fluid or tissue collection procedures to patients.
  • Match laboratory requisition forms to specimen tubes.
  • Organize or clean blood-drawing trays, ensuring that all instruments are sterile and all needles, syringes, or related items are of first-time use.
  • Collect specimens at specific time intervals for tests, such as those assessing therapeutic drug levels.
  • Conduct standards tests, such as blood alcohol, blood culture, oral glucose tolerance, glucose screening, blood smears, or peak and trough drug levels tests.
  • Enter patient, specimen, insurance, or billing information into computer.
  • Process blood or other fluid samples for further analysis by other medical professionals.
  • Provide sample analysis results to physicians to assist diagnosis.
  • Train other medical personnel in phlebotomy or laboratory techniques.
  • Transport specimens or fluid samples from collection sites to laboratories.

Top Education for this Job

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Clerical
  • Education and Training
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Medicine and Dentistry

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