egyption phlebotomy
Phlebotomy is defined as an incision into a vein and is one of the oldest medical procedures dating back to the early Egyptians. It was initially used for removing blood or “blood letting” as it was commonly known and was done for therapeutic purposes.

It is primarily performed now for the collection of blood specimens for laboratory analysis and is used to diagnose and monitor medical conditions. Phlebotomy plays a key role in laboratory testing and patient care. It is widely accepted that the quality of a laboratory test is only as good as the specimen that was obtained.
 
To achieve this level of quality requires as highly trained professional. Due to the increase and complexity of laboratory testing and the need to increase the efficiency and cost effectiveness of health care, phlebotomy had become a very highly specialized area of clinical laboratory practice. The term Phlebotomist is now used to describe this specialized position and his course is designed to prepare the student for these roles.
 
A certificate is awarded for successful completion of the program. College Credits may be earn through affiliated colleges (inquire for details)
 
Responsibilities of a Phlebotomist

The major duties of a phlebotomist include but are not limited to the following:
  • Correctly and properly identify the patient prior to sample collection.
  • Collection of the appropriate amount of blood by venipuncture or dermal puncture for the specified test.
  • Selection of the appropriate collection system for specified tests.
  • Perform correct labeling of all specimens.
  • Responsibly transport specimens back to the laboratory in a timely manner.
  • Effectively and professionally interact with patients, visitors, peers and other health care professionals.
  • Perform the processing and handling of specimens for the appropriate laboratory departments.
  • Perform computer operations (data entry, billing, etc.) and follow special insurance policies and procedures.
  • Observe and follow all safety regulations.
  • Perform and maintain quality assurance and quality control procedures.
  • Relate the anatomy and physiology of body systems and medical terminology to the general pathologic conditions associated with body systems.
  • Apply and relate laboratory terminology and abbreviations to the major areas of the clinical laboratory.
  • Describe the current trends I health care and relate the role of the phlebotomist to them.
  • Describe the legal implications of Phlebotomy and practice ethical behavior and recognize the importance of the Patient’s Bill of Rights.
  • Explain the importance of having excellent interpersonal communication skills, ability to handle stress and maintain flexibility as a Phlebotomist.
  • Recognize and act upon individual and departmental needs for continuing education as a function of growth and the maintenance of professional competence.