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Phlebotomy Today Back Issues

PDFs of all Phlebotomy Today eNewsletters since 2007.
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To the Point® Articles

A growing library of articles on a wide variety of blood collection topics reviewed and edited annually for accuracy.
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SmartCharts

Provide concise summaries for referencing and posting in your facility on the most error-prone preanalytical processes, including blood specimen handling and processing, investigating elevated potassium results, analyte stability, and blood sample collections during IV starts, and serve as a quality assurance resource.
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Procedure Templates

Written procedures for performing skin punctures and venipunctures based on the CLSI standards. Downloaded as as customizable Microsoft® Word files for facility-specific modifications.
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To the Point® Article — Difficult Draws

Code | #6303
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This article discusses the most common reasons venipunctures are unsuccessful. Patient variables discussed that make venipunctures difficult include obesity, rolling veins, collapsing veins and apprehensive patients. Collector variables and appropriate equipment selection are also addressed. (2,862 words, 5 pages)

To the Point® Article — Drawing Under Special Conditions

Code | #6304
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When posed with the challenge of drawing from patients with fragile veins, edema, mastectomies, and IV infusions, finding a suitable site requires careful consideration. This article discusses the latest thinking on drawing outside the antecubital area, draws above and below an IV, venipunctures and capillary punctures on mastectomy patients, and geriatric considerations. (2,073 words, 4 pages)

To the Point® Article — Handling Patients With Needle Phobia

Code | #6305
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Experts say between 5 and 17 percent of the population are deathly afraid of needles, and that there have been 23 documented deaths attributable to needle-phobic reactions. This article discusses strategies to calm the fears of needle-phobic patients and minimize the pain and trauma they suffer. (2,771 words, 6 pages)

To the Point® Article — How Phlebotomists Can Alter Potassium Results

Code | #6306
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Those who inadvertently alter potassium results due to specimen collection errors can cause physicians to diagnose, medicate, and manage their patients in ways that are life-threatening. This article discusses ten of the most common errors collectors commit that alter potassium results and how to avoid them. (4,181 words, 10 pages)

To the Point® Article — Mastering Pediatric Phlebotomy

Code | #6307
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This article is excerpted from Chapter 6 of Phlebotomy for Nurses and Nursing Personnel, and discusses capillary punctures and pediatric venipunctures. Topics include equipment and site selection for skin punctures, strategies to calm the fears of apprehensive children, and important considerations for neonatal venipunctures. (4,935 words, 11 pages)

To the Point® Article — OSHA Update

Code | #6308
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The key to safety and compliance is a regular review of the OSHA standards as they pertain to specimen collection, processing and handling. This lesson provides an update of key provisions of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Topics include glove use, plastic collection tubes and bottles, wearing lab coats and other PPE during specimen processing and testing, tube holder reuse, and more. (4,610 words, 10 pages)

To the Point® Article — Pediatric Pointers

Code | #6309
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This article discusses what those who draw blood specimens from pediatric patients must know in order to minimize the trauma of the experience for the child, obtain specimens that are not affected by preanalytical errors, protect the child from injury, and safeguard the collector from accidental exposures. Pointers include proper site selection, prewarming techniques, strategies to calm fears, proper positioning, and performing a painless venipuncture. (2,205 words, 5 pages)

To the Point® Article — Phlebotomy’s Best-Kept Secret: The Order of Draw

Code | #6310
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Filling blood collection tubes in the wrong order has been shown to affect test results, which can have serious and life-threatening consequences to the patient. This article discusses the history, theory, and the current CLSI standard on the order in which collection tubes must be filled. (2,410 words, 5 pages)

To the Point® Article — Preanalytical Errors that Occur Before Collection

Code | #6311
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Those who draw blood specimens can significantly alter the results the laboratory reports, leading to patient mismanagement. This lesson discusses those errors collectors can make before specimen collection that can lead to erroneous results. Topics include: patient identification, time of draw, excessive tourniquet time, effects of diet, chronobiology, posture, etc. (5,153 words, 10 pages)

To the Point® Article — Preanalytical Errors that Occur During Collection

Code | #6312
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This lesson continues the series on preanalytical errors, discussing those errors that collectors can make while obtaining the specimen, that can alter results. Topics include: the order of draw, hemolysis, underfilling tubes, etc. (3,916 words, 8 pages)

To the Point® Article — Preanalytical Errors that Occur After Collection

Code | #6313
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This lesson — the final installment in our series on preanalytical errors — discusses those errors that collectors can make during specimen processing and transport that can alter results. Topics include delays in separation, affects of temperature, delays in testing, etc. (3,873 words, 8 pages)

To the Point® Article — Risks To Phlebotomists: Allergies, Ergonomics, & Needles

Code | #6314
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If you are employed in healthcare, latex allergies, accidental needlesticks, and back injuries can be minor or catastrophic to your way of life. This lesson discusses the most common work-related injuries those who perform specimen collection procedures are vulnerable to and offers strategies to prevent them. (3,104 words, 6 pages)

To the Point® Article — See You In Court!

Code | #6315
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This article discusses the most common errors specimen collection personnel and their managers make that bring liability for patient injuries on the facility. Written by an expert witness in phlebotomy-related lawsuits, this article uses actual case studies to illustrate key concepts that must be understood to reduce your facility’s vulnerability. Readers score themselves on their potential to inflict a phlebotomy-related injury. (8,528 words, 17 pages)

To the Point® Article — What Every Phlebotomist MUST Know

Code | #6316
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Based on the latest CLSI standards (H3-A6, H18-A3), this article discusses critical components that every phlebotomist must know to perform venipunctures safely and successfully. Topics include: patient identification, the the order of draw, site and vein selection, nerve injuries, labeling of specimens, professionalism, and much more. (3,810 words, 9 pages)

To the Point® Article — When Professionals Aren’t

Code | #6317
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This article discusses unprofessional behavior and the impression it gives to patients. Topics include telephone etiquette, approaching patients, off-color jokes, sexual innuendos, horseplay, immodest attire, and more. (1,870 words, 5 pages)

To the Point® Article — If Tubes Could Talk

Code | #6318
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If you’ve ever wondered what a conversation with a red-top tube would be like, you’re not alone. We’re so curious as to what tubes would say if they could talk that we sent the editor of our newsletter, Phlebotomy Today, out on an assignment. The result: exclusive interviews with the cast of characters you work with every day. This download reveals the hidden personalities of Red-Top, Blue-Top, Purple-Top, and Green-Top tubes, and offers suggestions on their “care and feeding” in their own words. (7,437 words, 15 pages)

To the Point® Article — Reducing Pain During Infant and Pediatric Phlebotomy

Code | #6319
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Would you like to lessen the pain your younger patients feel when you perform their venipuncture? You’re not alone. A great deal has been published that sheds light on pain reduction during venipuncture. This article, the most exhaustive literature review on the subject, summarizes the results of nearly 50 published studies on pain reduction techniques, strategies, and anesthetics. Categories include parental involvement, oral analgesics, aromatherapy, topical anesthetics, iontophoresis, and touch therapy. (4,074 words, 7 pages)

To the Point® Articles — Preanalytical Trilogy

Code | #6320
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Three of the most popular articles downloaded by healthcare professionals from the Center for Phlebotomy Education’s web site are its preanalytical errors trilogy.

Regularly $59.97 if purchased separately, the 25-page trilogy is only $49.95, a discount of more than 30%. The articles, immediately downloadable as Adobe PDF documents, contain the most current information available on preanalytical errors, and are consistent with CLSI standards.

Venipuncture Tutor

Code | #6400
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The Center for Phlebotomy Education‘s Venipuncture Tutor is a highly detailed, extensively researched and referenced article with illustrations on the venipuncture procedure. Written and developed by Dennis J. Ernst MT(ASCP), one of the most highly respected and widely published authorities on the subject, this document provides the most current information available to all who perform, supervise and teach blood collection procedures. We have painstakingly researched every detail in this document, illustrated the text with over 25 photographs, and provided information based on the latest Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) venipuncture standard, Procedures for the Collection of Diagnostic Blood Specimens by Venipuncture (Document H3-A6). (8,037 words, 17 pages)
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Venipuncture Procedure Template

Code | #6402
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Is your venipuncture procedure current with the CLSI venipuncture standard? This template can save you hours and hours of research and editing to bring your written procedure up to date. Written in CLSI’s recommended format for a laboratory procedure, this editable Microsoft Word document contains the provisions of the latest standard your current procedure may be missing. Simply download it and customize it for your facility. (12-page download)
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Skin Puncture Procedure Template

Code | #6403
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Does your procedure manual square with the newest version or does it reflect an outdated standard of care? If it doesn’t include all the critical steps and precautions stated in H4-A6, your facility may not be managing the risk of specimen collection as well as it could. The Skin Puncture Procedure Template updates your procedure for you, saving hours and hours of research and editing. Written in CLSI’s recommended format for a laboratory procedure, this editable Microsoft Word® document contains the provisions of the CLSI standard H4-A6 your current procedure may be missing. Simply download it and customize it for your facility. (8-page download)
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