Phlebotomy technicians are important members of the health care team

What does a phlebotomy technician do?

A phlebotomy technician is responsible for the collecting of blood specimens for the laboratory from patients and preparing the samples for testing. They also prepare lab equipment, explain the blood-drawing procedure and put patients at ease. Common tasks include:

  • Clarifying procedures to patients
  • Comforting patients about needles
  • Taking blood pressure, pulse, and respiration readings
  • Drawing blood
  • Applying bandages after blood is drawn
  • Sending blood, urine, or fecal samples to the lab
  • Sterilizing equipment and cleaning workspaces
  • Updating patient medical records

What Does Phlebotomy Mean?

Phlebotomy means the drawing of blood by venipuncture for transfusion, diagnostic testing, or experimental procedures.

Is a Phlebotomy Technician Different Than a Phlebotomist?

A phlebotomy technician and a phlebotomist are often used to describe job titles for the same career.

Where Can a Phlebotomist Work?

Phlebotomists can work in various locations such as:

  • Clinical laboratories
  • Hospitals
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Clinics
  • Blood donation centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Other facilities

How Much Does a Phlebotomist Make?

According to PayScale, phlebotomists make an average hourly salary of $14.41, and the average yearly salary ranges from $22,343 to $40,221, depending on location and employment.

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