Routine Venipuncture (by LabCE)

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

(based on 2,412 customer ratings)

Authors: Mary Ertl Dettmann, MA, CLS, MT(ASCP); Beth Kratzer, CLS, MT(ASCP)
Reviewer: Alexandru Casapu, MBA, 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.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1.5 hour(s)
Course number 578-019-22, approved through 3/31/2024
Course number 20-905101, approved through 3/31/2024


  • 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.

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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 Blood Collection 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 are Hidden Errors?
      • 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: Alexandru Casapu, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, PBTCM has over 20 years of experience as a medical laboratory scientist, section supervisor, and laboratory manager. He is the former Director of Clinical Laboratory Technology Program at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. He is currently a Program Director at MediaLab, Inc. Alexandru holds BS degrees in Biology and Medical Technology from Clark Atlanta University and a MBA from the University of Georgia.
      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.

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