Routine Venipuncture (by LabCE)

1.5 P.A.C.E. contact hour(s)

(based on 2,617 customer ratings)

Authors: Mary Ertl Dettmann, MA, CLS, MT(ASCP); Beth Kratzer, CLS, MT(ASCP)
Reviewer: Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM

Course provided by LabCE.

A blood test is only as good as the specimen that is collected. Routine Venipuncture is an excellent course for novice or experienced phlebotomists. Review the important aspects of your blood collection procedures, including the recommended order of draw, proper patient identification, acceptable and unacceptable sites for blood collection, and variables in collection procedures that can affect the accuracy of the blood test.

Need CE for your phlebotomy license renewal? Subscribe to the phlebotomy CE package and get seven hours of phlebotomy CE for just $50. Learn more.

See more courses in: Phlebotomy

Included In These Course Packages

Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1.5 hour(s)
Course number 578-060-16, approved through 7/31/2018
Course number 20-547895, approved through 9/1/2018

Objectives

  • Identify and describe equipment used for routine venipuncture.
  • Assess and select suitable sites used for venipuncture as well as locations to avoid.
  • Describe and utilize the required steps to perform routine venipuncture.
  • Understand how pre-analytic and hidden errors affect the quality of a specimen.
  • Describe actions that ensure safety during performance of a venipuncture.

Customer Ratings

(based on 2,617 customer ratings)

Course Outline

  • Define venipuncture and identify the equipment that is used in the performance of a routine venipuncture.
      • What is Venipuncture?
      • Tools of the Trade
    • Needles
      • Needles - What's the Point?
      • Needles and Patient Safety
      • Blood Collection Systems and Devices
      • Winged Device
      • Syringe
    • Blood Collection Tubes
      • Blood Tube Labeling Information
      • Blood Collection Tubes
    • Miscellaneous Equipment
      • Tourniquets, Alcohol, and Gauze
      • Cleansing the Venipuncture Site
  • Vein Selection
      • Give Yourself a Chance
      • Explore the Possibilities!
    • Hand Veins
      • When to Use Hand Veins to Obtain Blood
      • Handle With Care
      • Tips for Successful Venipuncture When Using Hand Veins
    • Vein Assessment
      • Vein Palpation
      • Assessing the Vein
    • No - Don't Go There!
      • Unacceptable Sites for Venous Blood Collection
      • Performing a Venipuncture on an Arm Containing an Intravenous Line
  • Venipuncture Procedure
    • Follow These Steps for Success
      • Venipuncture Procedure At a Glance
      • Specimen Collection Procedure
      • Specimen Handling Post Venipuncture
  • Effects of Preanalytic and Hidden Errors on Specimen Quality
      • What are Preanalytic Errors?
      • Preanalytic Errors
      • What is a Hidden Error?
      • Proper Patient Identification
      • Importance of Using the Correct Blood Collection Tube
      • Order of Draw
      • Correct Fill
      • Labeling Specimens
      • Do Not Tamper With the Specimens
      • Avoid Prolonged Tourniquet Time
  • Think Smart Think Safe
      • Protect Yourself
    • Use common sense when it comes to safety
      • Don't Get Stuck Without It
      • Do It Right the First Time
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
      • Don't Compromise Your Safety
  • Scenarios
    • Scenario #1
      • Scenario Conclusion
    • Scenario #2
      • Scenario #3
      • References
          • References

      Additional Information

      Level of instruction: Basic
       
      Intended audience: This program is designed as an educational and training tool for laboratory personnel, phlebotomists, and other healthcare personnel who perform venipunctures. This course is also appropriate for clinical laboratory science and phlebotomy students.
       
      Author information: Mary Ertl Dettmann, MA, CLS, MT(ASCP) is the education supervisor for Wheaton Franciscan Laboratory in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University. She has created several interactive, adult-learning courses in laboratory-related subjects including phlebotomy.
       
      Beth Kratzer, CLS, MT(ASCP) is a Clinical Trainer in the Education Department at Wheaton Franciscan Laboratories in Wauwatosa Wisconsin. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire in 1981 and obtained a Certificate of Professional Training from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2004. In addition to many years of technical experience in the hospital environment, Beth has been involved in the creation, implementation and facilitation of educational and training programs for healthcare associates since 2001. Currently, Beth is a primary facilitator for all programs created and offered by her department which include courses for the beginning and experienced.
       
      Reviewer information: Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM  is a Program Director for MediaLab, Inc., located in Lawrenceville, GA. She has over 30 years experience in the medical laboratory profession as a technologist, section supervisor, and laboratory manager. She also was employed for nine years by the College of American Pathologists in the Laboratory Accreditation Program. Barbara holds a Masters in Instructional Technology from Georgia State University.
       
      Course description: This course focuses on the routine venipuncture procedure including the tools that are available, steps in the procedure, recommendations for venipuncture site choices as well as sites to avoid, pre-analytic errors, and safety issues.

      How to Subscribe
      MLS & MLT Comprehensive CE Package (by LabCE)
      Package of 99 online courses$95
      Add to cart
      Phlebotomy CE (by LabCE)
      Package of 5 online courses$45
      Add to cart
      Single online course$25
      Add to cart
      • Order for instant access through any computer, any browser.
      • No shipping, faxing, or waiting for certificates.
      • Print or save your certificate of completion as soon as you've completed the course.
      • You'll have 90 days to complete your purchased courses.
      Course provided by LabCE.
      063 Introduction to phlebotomy equipment.gif


      Do_Not_Go_There


      hand veins_arrow


      MEDIAL_PUZZLE



       
      ASCLS CE's design and platform are provided by MediaLab, Inc.