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it is very important to equip you with the basic and advance techniques of phlebotomy. There are various methods of blood collection that depends on the type of the patient. You also need good communication skills and these all skills can be gained by joining an appropriate training course. A hand on practice is also very necessary so make sure to join any course that offers you to do hands on practice.    If you are not trained then you will not be able to tackle the complications that can occur while performing the phlebotomy procedures. The best health care institutes only prefer trained and certified phlebotomists for employment so Phlebotomy training and certification is very necessary.

Make sure to use the appropriate tube and needle size. The blood collecting tubes are different for different specimens. Learn the color coding of the tubes. In case, if you miss the vein, then leave it, do not move around the vein. It is very important to be confident and self assured. Do not panic in case of any complication. Be calm and cool. Do not use the needle or syringe again because it can cause the serious infection. After inserting the needle, remove the tourniquet as it can damage the skin. Also ask the patient if he or she takes blood thinners as in that case, more care would be required. Always check the test conditions to avoid the wastage of sample. Make sure to collect the appropriate amount of blood specimen. All of these precautions must be kept in mind before collecting the sample and must follow the standard safety precautions in order to prevent the transmission of infection.

Butterfly collection system is a technique that is used to draw blood through venepuncture. Included within phlebotomy procedures. Blood is drawn from the veins with various techniques depending on patients’ veins. Blood is collected by a trained and known as a certified phlebotomist. The blood sample is collected for clinical trials prescribed by a doctor or a physician. The butterfly collection system consists of both the vacuum system and the syringe system. It consists of 21 – or 23 – gauge needle with plastic wings attached at one end and from 3 to 12 inches from the needle tube leads. There is a hub at the other end of this tube can be attached to a syringe. A needle is covered by a rubber sleeve can also be attached to this tube and this needle cover screws in a vacuum tube holder. The butterfly collection system is designed for small veins through which blood can not be removed with other systems. Generally used to draw blood of children and babies. It provides easy access to small superficial veins in the back of the hand, arm or foot holding plastic wings that are attached to the needle.

The winged needle is inserted at an angle of 5 degrees of angle instead of entering the vein at an angle of 15 degrees. The needle is anchored in the center of even a small vein. Even if the patient moves, the flexible tube is not the needle out of the vein and is anchored.

The nurses are also trained in the phlebotomy techniques so that they will be able to draw the blood of the patients via vein puncture. They must inform surgeons about the procedures that are dangerous or that they have become contaminated with a non sterile person, instrument or area so they must leave that area and scrub in again. The institution also provides highly skilled and well trained nurses for medical care at the door step of the patients.  Some patients are not able to visit hospital for medical care due to the post surgery or other conditions. The procedures that are involved in the home care facility are intramuscular injection, Dressings- post-operative, bed-sores dressing etc, Urinary catheterization (male urinary catheterization would be done by a Doctor), Nebulization, Electrocardiogram (ECG), Blood pressure check, Blood glucose monitoring by glucometer method,  Enema wash, Bladder wash, Stoma-care, etc.

All these can get the facility of in house or mobile phlebotomy services. Mobile phlebotomist services include collection of blood specimens and other body fluids, like urine, sputum, stool, vaginal fluid, etc. this has to be done with care and in a hygienic environment and all the desired equipments should be sterile. It is also very necessary to properly identify and label the specimens. Appropriate records indicating the patient identity, the tests done and samples collected should be managed properly so not to be confused. It is much more convenient, affordable and offers a high degree of privacy to the patients. The samples should be transported carefully in order to avoid any contamination so that the validity will be maintained. Sometimes, these phlebotomy services also provide the facility of performing the onsite tests like checking the blood pressure, blood sugar levels, electrolyte testing, blood indices, lipid profile, etc.

Hands on practice is very necessary so choose those phlebotomy training courses that provide the facility of hand on practice. You can also join the internship programs that provide you the opportunity to equip you with the maximum skills and expertise. Venipuncture is one of the most routinely performed invasive process. The most common method of blood collection via vein puncture is the use of needles and syringes.  The blood is drawn in a different manner from infants via heel stick or from scalp veins with the help of winged infusion needle. After achieving the basic and advance venipuncture phlebotomy training, you will go to attend the certification examination conducted by the different agencies. After training and certification, you can apply for a job in any of the health related departments, like, blood banks, clinics, research centers, veterinary care centers, clinical laboratories, hospitals and private physician clinics.

The hospital staff will give you the important instructions for blood collection. The homecare facility will be better for those who need physiotherapy, but are not able to come to the hospital such as in case of paralysis, post surgery, very acute and severe back or joint pain and any other neurological or orthopaedic conditions.  Most of the patients prefer to go for in house services because they find it time saving and convenient, because in hospitals, they have to wait for long time due to the number of patients. In this way, you can also improve the patient care by providing in house phlebotomy services.