Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Phlebotomy Technician and Donor Phlebotomy Technician

Do you want to work directly with patients?

Then a career as a phlebotomy technician (PBT) is a good choice.

The laboratory depends on the phlebotomy technician to collect quality samples from the patient to produce quality laboratory results. To do this, the phlebotomy technician must create an atmosphere of trust and confidence with patients while drawing blood specimens in a skillful, safe, and reliable manner.

A phlebotomy technician who collects units of blood from volunteer donors can become certified as a Donor Phlebotomy Technician (DPT), offering specialized expertise to blood centers. Phlebotomy technicians must like challenge and responsibility. They must also be accurate, work well under pressure, and communicate effectively. Because the phlebotomy technician works directly with the patient, he or she must also act as the “eyes and ears” of the doctors, nurses, and laboratory professionals.

The phlebotomy technician must notice and relay any important information gathered during interaction with patients. Phlebotomy technicians must set high standards for themselves, and they must be deeply committed to quality health care delivery.

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