Phlebotomy, or bloodletting as it was originally called, is the art of blood collection, and dates back to well before the 5th century B.C. It was used as a form of battling sickness. It was believed that the draining of some of a person’s “bad” blood, generally 1-4 pints, would allow them to be healed from whatever was ailing them. An interesting side note – our 1st president, George Washington, died as a result of complications from bloodletting. He developed a throat infection after being drained of nearly 9 pints of blood!
The phlebotomy procedure is performed by many healthcare professionals, with many facilities and institutions requiring nurses to perform this important function. Due to the lack and or inconsistency of phlebotomy basics in nursing curricula, the nurse will find this course beneficial. In all 50 states, an RN, LPN/LVN, APN, or any other licensed nurse can legally collect blood using their current licensure, and does not need to obtain any additional phlebotomy certification. Additionally, in most states, phlebotomy technicians and medical assistants may not be required to maintain any phlebotomy licensure, but will still need to maintain and enhance their skill set.
Designed to provide education on the different methods of blood collection and the most effective methods to perform blood collection, this course will enable the development of the skills and knowledge needed to confidently perform phlebotomy.
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