Phlebotomist

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Posted on 10th March 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

As members of the healthcare team, phlebotomists need to understand the significance of their role in providing quality patient care.  Labratory testing is an important part of patient diagnosis and consequently a major part of patient care.  Doctors rely heavily on the validity of test results when treating a patient.  Preanalytical (before analysis) factors such as patient preparation, speciment collection procedures, and specimen handling can affect specimen quality and in turn affect the validity of test results.  Many of these factors fall under the responsibility of the phlebotomist.  To ensure consistent quality, speciment collection and handling policies and procedures fall under an overall process called quality assurance (QA).  Consumer awareness has increased lawsuits in all areas of society.  This is especially true in the healthcare industry.  Healthcare institutions search for way sto guarantee quality patient care by indentifying and minimizing situations that pose risks to patients and employees.  Guidelines are developed for all processes used and all personnel involved, and when formally adopted, they become the institutions’ quality improvement program (QI).  Measurement of performance and quality improvement projects are now part of the accrditation requirements for all types of healthcare facilities and are found in every aspect of healthcare, including phlebotomy.  One of the ways to improve is through compliance with and use of national standards and regulations.

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