With the development of technology, diagnosing an ailment has become a relatively easy. And blood tests help doctors check for certain diseases and conditions that may otherwise not be detected through normal symptoms & tests. One can do wonders with analysis of blood samples from different parts of the body. For example, Blood Culture is done to detect the presence of bacteria or fungi in the blood, to identify the type present, and to guide treatment. Similarly, Blood Smear or Peripheral Smear is done to get a result on complete blood count (CBC). There are several other tests like CSF Analysis, Gram Stain, and Susceptibility Testing etc. that can be done for a complete diagnosis of your body.
For this purpose, it is important that you have an expert to draw your blood skilfully for correct analysis and that too painlessly. These experts are called Phlebotomists, who have the tedious task of skilfully and craftily extracting blood and sending them to the appropriate laboratories for testing.
What do they do?
A Phlebotomist is someone who works in a medical laboratory and specialises in blood collection.
Their duties include performing venipunctures to collect blood, drawing blood into the correct tubes with the proper additives, explaining the procedure to the patients, preparing the patients, and performing the puncture and drawing the blood.
After the puncture and drawing of blood, they have to ensure that the puncture closes and instruct the patient on proper care of the wound.
In addition, they may have to order tests based on the doctor’s needs, label the tubes properly and deliver them to a testing laboratory.
● Good communication skills
● Ability to empathise with patients and put them at ease
● A steady hand
● Attention to detail
● Ability to stick to routine procedures
How do I get there?
To become a phlebotomist, it is necessary to take biology in your class 11 studies. Upon graduation from school, most people take a 1-year or 2-year associate's degree program for Phlebotomy. Some go for a degree in similar fields, such as nursing, before joining a course for Phlebotomy.
Pros & Cons about this career
You get to work in a well-lit, clean environment, and your work is simple.
A lot of work is done on your feet, you may have to work overnight, and some patients try to run when they see the needle.