Exploring a Day in the Life of a Phlebotomist

Exploring a Day in the Life of a Phlebotomist

Every healthcare field has its own set of challenges and new experiences. Every day we are required to meet new people and handle them differently in different situations. Being a phlebotomist there are also some responsibilities and consistencies that we have to follow. So, in this blog, we will let you explore a day in the life of a phlebotomist.

Might be many of you are still unaware of the term phlebotomist, let’s figure out first what is a phlebotomist? A phlebotomist is the person who is responsible to draw the blood from a patient and takes this sample to the laboratory to make it ready for the tasting process.

So, in general here we are discussing a typical day in the life of a phlebotomist and also you’ll get to know that why is phlebotomy important.

Early Day Start

Usually, phlebotomists start their day very early and if they are working in a hospital which is very busy then they have to keep changing their shifts. One week, they are required to work whole night and other week they are supposed to work 9-5.

Most of the phlebotomists choose to work in the morning so that they can test the blood of patients which are in homeostasis state. Moreover, it is the duty of the phlebotomist to receive orders from different departments depending on the needs of the day so, most of the day, they just move around on their feet.

Keeping Patient Records

When a phlebotomist is done with taking orders now he/she has to make sure where the order is from and what are the needs of patients. Phlebotomist is required to keep every patient records. A phlebotomist is responsible for getting the appropriate blood draw. In many cases, the blood you draw could aid several patients for saving their lives from illness.

Drawing Patient’s Blood

This process is also known as venipuncture and it is deeply associated with the job of a phlebotomist. But, many of us are unaware of the tasks which are included in this process. Some of these tasks are:

  • Fixing the required supplies in advance
  • Ensuring the sanitary of their place
  • Applying tourniquet to the patient for finding a vein
  • Cleaning the skin of the patient before injecting the needle
  • Successfully collecting the blood for tasting process.

Lab Work

After successfully completing the blood draw, the phlebotomist is responsible to send the collected blood into the laboratory. In hospital setting, they can send this sample directly to the lab and in other smaller setting, they have to send out the sample to a lab for testing process.