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DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics— Statistics and information on the phlebotomy profession from the U.S. Department of Labor.

General lab test information—a consumer information site maintained by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences on laboratory tests.

Lab Tests Online—an award-winning online resource that helps patients and caregivers understand laboratory test results maintained by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to clinical laboratory science and its application to healthcare.

CLIAC letter—text of an August 22, 2013 address by Center for Phlebotomy Education Director Dennis J. Ernst MT(ASCP) at a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC) meeting in Atlanta on the need for standardized training for all who draw and handle blood samples. The agency, which advises the U.S. Department of Health Services on clinical laboratory regulations and personnel requirements, has yet to act on this critical issue.

Joint Commission letter—A letter written by the Center for Phlebotomy Education to The Joint Commission urging reconsideration of the accrediting agency’s relaxing of patient identification requirements for those who draw blood samples from patients. To date, the agency has taken no action on this issue, and still does not require patients to participate in their identification if they have an ID band.

Legislator-contact page—a directory of federal and state legislators in the U.S. for consumers to contact to urge legislation mandating minimum training for blood collection personnel.

A Video Tribute to Phlebotomists—The Center for Phlebotomy Education salutes all healthcare professionals who draw blood samples for laboratory testing.

Preanalytical Errors: Real Patients; Real Suffering—This poignant video tells the true stories of what happens when those who draw blood samples are not properly trained or managed.