Who is a phlebotomist? He is an individual or a healthcare professional trained to collect blood samples from patients in a completely sanitary and safe manner. The insistence on sanitary ensures the phlebotomist does not get infested by germs present in the blood.
It also ensures other people around do not get infested. The phlebotomist is also trained to collect blood samples from those who intend to make blood donation. Before you can ever become a phlebotomist, you are required to register at phlebotomy schools, where you will be given the foundational training on phlebotomy. If the truth must be told, this foundational training is the most important needed to make you a professional in your career.
Before you are ever qualified to register at phlebotomy schools, you are required to have graduated from high school. If you do not attend high school, you are required to have equivalent certificates.
During your course of study as a phlebotomist, you will be taken through series of subjects, like human anatomy, human physiology and blood cells and their histology; the blood cells include the white blood cells, the red blood cells and the platelets.
You need to understand each of these cells and how they function. You also need to understand their biochemical compositions. This will help you to know how to handle the blood cells.
Aside the above things, you will also be taught during phlebotomy classes, how to handle blood samples and how to examine them. You will be taught how to draw blood from an individual that wants to donate blood.
You will be taught about the ethics and regulations of the profession too. There are very important things you must know about your relationship with other health care workers and your relationship with your patients. These and many more will be made known during your training as a phlebotomist.
These trainings are actually not enough to make you a professional phlebotomist. As part of your training on how to become a phlebotomist, you are required to go for internship. The internship must be done in an institution or laboratory regulated under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment of 1988. You must be able to collect up to 100 samples unaided. You must be able to perform skin puncture successfully in the course of your internship.
Finally, you must sit for certification examination before you can fully qualify as a professional phlebotomist. It is true that many countries do not require certification before they give you employment, but that does not nullify the importance of certification.