Phlebotomy is the study of skin puncture and venipuncture for the purpose of collecting blood for laboratory testing. The course includes principles of proper phlebotomy technique, specimen processing, patient care, maintenance and use of equipment, recordkeeping and basic principles of anatomy and physiology, disease process, therapeutic communication, hazardous materials management, and patient assessment. Students enrolling in this program usually have some prior medical experience in working directly with patients. Skill development in the performance of a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and universal precautions.
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