Phlebotomy Field Case Study

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Negligence in the Phlebotomy Field Health Rights and Responsibilities 320 Negligence in the Phlebotomy Field Professional Liability and Negligence is found in many allied health professions. There are various situations in which negligence is used in the phlebotomy field. Professional liability is being legally responsible for actions, and guarantees “the standard of care”. Phlebotomist is medical professionals who work with patients in hospitals, blood banks and other medical setups. The phlebotomist is trained and educated in the proficiency of Proper Blood Technique Collection. They are responsible for drawing blood for a variety of reasons, including lab testing and blood donations. A Phlebotomist can be considered negligent,…show more content…
Along with previous scenario stated, let’s review another case: A phlebotomist from a contracted lab begins his daily rounds of blood collections for the day in a long term care facility. He enters room 201 to draw a 85-year-old woman who was admitted for atrial fibrillation. When he introduces himself and asks for consent to draw her blood, she shouts, "No!" and asks you to leave and not come back. The patient made it very clear that she did not want the phlebotomist to draw her blood (Finnegan, 2013).This same phlebotomist has drawn her for several days for a Prothrombin Time (PT) and Activated Thromboplastic Time (aPTT) without incident, so he reports this situation to the nurse. The nurse informs the phlebotomist that the patient has formed a complaint against him and did not want him, in particular, to draw her blood. The blood had been drawn from the dorsal side of her hand for several days, which was now bruised and swollen. The patient complained of moderate pain, especially when she moved her fingers. Upon observation there was a diffuse ecchymosis over the dorsal side of the hand that extends up the forearm to the elbow. A blister formed at the site of venipuncture on her hand. Did the phlebotomist fail to meet requirements of job expectation which could be considered a professional liability and neglect? Venipuncture is the…show more content…
There are many different ways phlebotomist can go about with the safety and infection control. As a phlebotomist when drawing blood make sure to wear gloves, inspect the gloves to assure that there is no holes, use clean needles, when disposing the needle be sure to deposit them in a waste basket. Also if there is any spilled blood in the health care environment it is important that phlebotomist clean it up while wearing protective gloves and disposing the gloves and soiled rag in a biohazard container. It is better to regulate on the side of being too cautious when implementing OSHA regulations, rather than being too casual. Neglecting the safety and infection control can cause major problems in a healthcare facility so it is key that you go about the proper procedures and routine to keep everything safe and clean. Negligence is very important in the health field. As written many things can go wrong if negligence is not stressed and that is when professional liability falls into place. The phlebotomist has a professional liability, as do all other healthcare professionals. Professional liability is being legally responsible for actions, and ensuring "the standard of care" is followed (Finnegan, 2013). Managers and Co-workers are not responsible for anything that the neglecter fall faulty for. Phlebotomist are provided with the needed education and training of blood collection so when an act of neglect occurs it is merely carelessness. It is

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