Phlebotomy Assistant

phlebotomistPhlebotomists/ Phlebotomy Assistants play an important role in the healthcare sector. Phlebotomists work in hospitals, clinics, blood banks, clinical laboratories and diagnostic centres.
It is commonly accepted that over 70% of all medical decisions are based on laboratory results. Thus, phlebotomists, who are responsible for drawing blood to conduct various tests; need to possess quite a few skills apart from domain knowledge. Phlebotomists must have an eye for detail, should be empathetic, and should be able to follow the procedure.
Given the vast population of India, there is always a significant gap between the demand and supply of skilled paramedical healthcare workers. However, there are many students interested and willing to be part of the paramedical force; but lack resources and teaching. With intensive classroom and on the job training, this gap can be bridged; and we can have “job –ready” phlebotomists to be deployed at various healthcare centres and laboratories.
This program aims to impart intensive training on fundamental principles of phlebotomy, protocols regarding safety of patients and medical staff, strengthen laboratory services by improving the quality of patient specimens and reducing incidence of pre-analytical errors.

The modules teaching the core competencies required for this course are:

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Module 1 Introduction
Unit 1 Introduction to Phlebotomy
Unit 2 Monitor & Assure Quality
Unit 3 Common Equipment Used in Phlebotomy
Unit 4 Common Terms Used in Phlebotomy
Module 2 Blood Samples
Unit 1 Prepare Site to Obtain Blood Samples
Unit 2 Blood Collection - Venepuncture (Minimum volume guidelines)
Unit 3 Types of Blood Samples
Unit 4 Prepare and Label Blood Samples
Unit 5 Transport Blood Sample (Temperature stability Protocol)
Module 3 Types of Other Samples
Unit 1 Throat and Wound Swab
Unit 2 Urine, Stool and Sputum Samples
Unit 3 Bacterial and Fungal Infection Samples
Module 4 Assisting Patient in Specimen Collection
Unit 1 Assist the Patient before, during & after the Collection of Blood Specimen
Module 5 Patient Records and Communication
Unit 1 Maintain Patient Records
Unit 2 Interpret Test Request Forms
Unit 3 Collate and Communicate Health Information/ Communication Brief Before Phlebotomy
Module 6 Infection Control
Unit 1 Gloving
Unit 2 Gowning
Unit 3 Hand Washing
Unit 4 Handscrubbing
Unit 5 Needle Stick Injury
Unit 6 Standard Precautions
Unit 7 Biomedical Waste Disposal in Labs
Module 7 Health Communication
Unit 1 Working with Patients, Co-workers and Supervisors
Unit 2 Team Work (Work Effectively with Others)
Unit 3 Workplace Communication
Unit 4 Time Management - Manage Work to Meet Requirements Achieving Results
Unit 5 Dealing with Patient Anxiety (Explaining prescriptions and procedures)
Unit 6 Episodes During Phlebotomy (Fainting, Hematoma)
Module 8 Health, Environment and Safety
Unit 1 Health Environment and Safety Awareness
Unit 2 Fire Safety
Unit 3 Ergonomics
Unit 4 Basic Life Support
Unit 5 Patient Safety
Unit 6 All Codes, Safety & Risk Management
Unit 7 Hazardous Materials
Unit 8 Energy Conservation
Unit 9 Water Conservation
Unit 10 Pollution
Unit 11 Pediatric Resuscitation
Unit 12 General Code of Conduct
Unit 13 Information Governance
Unit 14 Patient Rights
Unit 15 Waste Management
Unit 16 First Aid
Module 9 Diagnostic Equipment and Supplies
Unit 1 Prepare and Maintain Equipment (Types of vaccutainers/containers )
Unit 2 Diagnostic Supplies - Maintenance and Availability