Journals Publishing New Studies on Phlebotomy
Every now and then the staff of Phlebotomy Today—STAT! surveys the literature for new articles and studies pertaining to blood specimen collection to keep our readers up to date. Recently, journals have printed studies on hemolysis, retractable needles, blood culture contamination rates, and patient satisfaction.
Hemolysis and tourniquets
A splatter matter
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Survey Says: Phlebotomy Career Ladder
Our last survey asked Phlebotomy Today STAT! readers:
72% of those who responded indicated there was no career ladder in their facility for phlebotomists. 28% said there was. Here’s a selection of some of the comments:
With only 28% of our respondents reporting an established career ladder in the workplace, surely the phlebotomy profession can do better. At the Center for Phlebotomy Education, we’re committed to see that it does. That commitment is reflected in our mission statement “to be the world's most dependable source of accurate information on blood specimen collection, to share that information in a multitude of ways, and to elevate the status of the phlebotomy profession.”
Without a career ladder, elevating the phlebotomy profession is an uphill climb. But it’s not an impossible one. Kudos to every employer that formally supports the professional advancements of its phlebotomists! By doing so, you are blazing a trail that leads to optimal sample quality and patient care.
Are we there, yet? As a profession, no. But we are moving in the right direction, one rung at a time.
This month’s survey question: If you could change one thing to make your job easier, what would it be?
This Month in Phlebotomy Today
Here’s what subscribers to Phlebotomy Today, the Center for Phlebotomy Education’s paid-subscription newsletter currently in its 9th year of publication, are reading about this month:
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Phlebotomy Today Subscriptions Reorganized
The Center for Phlebotomy Education, publisher of the Phlebotomy Today family of e-newsletters, is adding a third subscriber level to its flagship publication, Phlebotomy Today. The newly dubbed “Premium” subscription level is a new designation for members of Phlebotomy Central, i.e., those who have purchased access to the Center’s online database of specimen collection information, which includes an institutional subscription to Phlebotomy Today.
According to Phlebotomy Today editor, Dennis J. Ernst, the premium subscription level is not so much a new product as it is a more logical bundling of existing digital products. “In the past, Phlebotomy Central was a product that included an institutional subscription to Phlebotomy Today. That proved to be confusing to our customers. So starting in June, we’re changing Phlebotomy Central 'membership' into a premium subscriber level of Phlebotomy Today, which is an institutional subscription to the e-newsletter that includes access to Phlebotomy Central. It’s essentially a name change that keeps the focus on the newsletter."
When launched in 2007, Phlebotomy Central included access to Phlebotomy Today archives, 15 To The Point® articles for download, and a database of nearly 300 commonly asked specimen collection questions and their answers.
Since its launching, the online resource has grown considerably. In addition the expanding e-newsletter archives, a Manager’s Toolbox was added in 2008, which includes:
New documents have been added to the Manager’s Toolbox this year including procedure templates managers can use to update their written venipuncture and skin puncture procedures so that they reflect the current CLSI standards.
When existing Phlebotomy Central memberships expire, members will renew as Phlebotomy Today Premium subscribers. The change will be in name only. Their institutional subscription to Phlebotomy Today will continue uninterrupted, as will their access to Phlebotomy Central.
The change will not affect your subscription to this, our free newsletter, Phlebotomy Today—STAT!
Featured FAQ: Order of Draw with Syringes
Q: What is your current opinion on the order of draw (transfer) when using a syringe for collections? I still see some discrepant information when looking at different sources, and I'd like to know what you recommend.
A: There's no shortage of discrepancy on the order of draw. CLSI has never recommended a separate draw for syringes. It started to appear in the literature in the 1980s, but in 1998, CLSI put the issue to rest in H3-A4 by saying a separate order of draw is not necessary.
Bottom line: tubes filled by syringes should be in the same order as when filled by tube holder.
Each month, PT--STAT! will publish one of the hundreds of phlebotomy FAQs in the growing database of questions and answers available in Phlebotomy Central, the members-only section of the Center for Phlebotomy Education's web site. For information on joining Phlebotomy Central, visit www.phlebotomy.com/PhlebotomyCentral.html.
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What Would You Do?
Each month, What Would You Do? presents a different case study, then asks readers to contribute their ideas as to how each situation would best be handled. The following month, selected responses will be chosen by the editor and published (sender will be identified by first name and state only). The most accurate, well written response will receive a free "To the Point® Article" download. The exercise will conclude with a review of the selected submissions and a discussion of the standards pertinent to the case study.
As is typical for this column, many who responded spoke of how they reacted to nearly identical situations in their facilities. Sixty-four percent said they would notify the nursing or housekeeping staff of the blood on the floor, while thirty-six percent said they’d take the initiative to clean it up themselves. Forty-three percent said they’d apologize to the patient, including this comment from Michelle from Massachusetts:
Michelle was not alone in wanting to move the patient to another room regardless of cleaning up the drops. Twenty-eight percent agreed with her, most indicating they’d wait until the transfer was complete. Our favorite response came from Glenda S.:
Because of her articulate response, Glenda will receive a free download from the Center for Phlebotomy Education’s To The Point® library of articles. Thanks, Glenda, and all who responded.
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