Some people come into phlebotomy already working within the health sector, and so may have a rough idea of what to expect from a basic phlebotomy course. But others often come into it with little to no experience of health care, and so they will be introduced to a completely new environment.
Therefore, we thought we would write a quick idea of what to expect when you arrive at your basic course.
The idea of the course is to not only teach the learner about phlebotomy, but to ensure that they can practice it in an effective manner, which will not cause undue harm or discomfort to the patient. This is why the course is split into two parts. The first day is purely a theoretical day, in which we cover the history of phlebotomy, as well as basic anatomy and health and safety practices.
Day two of the course is dedicated to the practical side of phlebotomy, and the actual act of taking blood.
When discussing the theory side of phlebotomy we will cover things such as:
- The importance of ensuring you have the correct patient via identification
- How to correctly gain consent, and the implications of not doing so
- How to identify when a patient is not responding well to the treatment
- How to create a sterile environment, including correct handwashing technique
- Possible side effects of carrying out the treatment incorrectly, and how to treat them
On day 2, when you start to practice taking bloods, you will cover:
- How to correctly apply and remove a tourniquet
- The difference between the S-Monovette and Evacuate systems and how & when to use them
- The correct step by step process of taking blood, including before and after the treatment
Unlike other training providers, on the practical day Phlebotomy Training Services will give you access to as much equipment as you need in order for you to feel confident when using either the S-Monovette or Evacuate System. This way you will not only have the highest chance of passing the course and gaining your accreditation, but also be the best phlebotomist you can be.