Phlebotomists Role in Healthcare

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Phlebotomists Role in Healthcare Phlebotomists serve as a distinct liason between those in the laboratory, and the doctors, nurses, and patients outside the lab, beginning when a physician orders tests. Doctors rely on these blood, urine, or feces samples to assess the general health of their patients and in diagnosing a wide variety of disorders and diseases. The majority of our routine will deal with blood collection. Once a specific test is ordered via the physician, we receive orders from our supervisor and have our list daily list of patients. As Phlebotomists, we are essential for obtaining the proper patient samples. It is important for the phlebotomist and patient alike, to maintain a controlled, safe, and accurate collection of these specimens for not only the patient being cared for (internal stakeholder), but for the external stakeholders setting our general guidelines for care. Seeing as no one enjoys having their blood drawn, it’s up to us to explain the procedure to our patients, and attempt to make them as comfortable as possible. Maintaining cleanliness and safety throughout the process is highly important, as is using the proper collection tubes in proper order, and timing our draws to expedite these samples to the laboratory. We’ll have constant contact throughout the day with our fellow staff, nurses, doctors, and lab technicians. The laboratory is key in processing specimens in a timely manner. Blood samples may determine serious disease, toxicology, or assess whether a drug is working therapeutically, and in some cases can be a matter of life or death. All of us working within the laboratory must adhere to our ‘specimen collection manual’ to achieve the highest quality samples (Garza & Becan McBride, 2010). A clinical laboratory will typically employ a Lead Pathologist who serves as the medical director of the entire laboratory. They
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