Phlebotomists are best known for the time they spend drawing blood, and the importance of this skill cannot be overstated. Being able to draw blood safely and efficiently, even from difficult patients, is the most important part of a phlebotomist’s job. But what else do they do? Read on to learn phlebotomist job duties beyond drawing blood.
Often, phlebotomists are in charge of transporting samples to the lab. At times, this lab is on-site, particularly in hospitals and larger health offices. If there is no lab on-site, the phlebotomist will likely be responsible for securing the samples in a dropbox where they will be collected by a runner from the testing facility.
In larger facilities, phlebotomists may be responsible for some of the actual testing. They will centrifuge samples and may conduct tests for bacteria, pregnancy, or other health issues. It’s important for a phlebotomist to be well-trained and pay attention to detail in these situations.
In a dedicated lab facility, phlebotomists may be responsible for taking and recording patient vitals such as temperature, weight, height, and blood pressure. In these instances, phlebotomists must be sure to record accurately.
Keeping Patients Calm
One of the most important job duties of a phlebotomist (and one of the least discussed) is keeping patients calm. Patients coming in for testing may be afraid of needles; many come with memories of negative blood draw experiences. When patient fear is added to the stress of needing bloodwork or experiencing confusing health issues, you have a situation that can cause plenty of anxiety. The best phlebotomists are able to calm patients, get in quickly, and complete the draw. Learn more about traits successful phlebotomy technicians possess.
If you are in a larger facility, you may be responsible for office work such as answering phones, scheduling appointments, billing, and/or checking patients in on arrival.
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