Blood Collection Essay

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Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, last week I spoke to you about “The History of Phlebotomy”. This evening I would like to speak to you about the equipment and supplies used in phlebotomy and blood collection. The first and most important thing to remember is Universal Precautions. Universal Precautions refer to infection control with human blood and certain human body fluids; the best way to do this is to wash your hands. As a phlebotomist in blood collection, you wash your hands before and after each patient. Also between each patient you can use antiseptic hand cleanser. It is also important to wear the proper protective clothing that would provide a barrier against infection. This protective clothing and any thing you wear to protect you is called PPE or Personal Protective Equipment. Examples of PPE’s are gloves, gowns, lab coats, face shields, masks, and goggles. Clarian requires that all employees, who come in contact with blood and body fluids, use personal protective equipment. Gloves: Must be worn by all employees when coming in contact with blood and certain body fluids. Lab Coats: Lab coats are worn to prevent soiling of your clothes, when splashes or sprays of blood or body fluids are possible. Masks, Goggles, Face Shields: Mask is worn to protect against droplets generated by coughing or sneezing. Goggles and Face Shields are worn to protect the eyes, nose, and mouth from splashes or sprays of body fluids. The equipment that is used next is used to collect the blood from the patient or venipuncture. Venipunctures are usually obtained from the antecubital region (forearm), from the median basilica or median cephalic vein below the elbow. Now you want to prepare your equipment for your phlebotomy. You will need the following supplies a needle, vacutainer holder (hub),

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