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Learn Venipuncture

Cristina Anzellotti - Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Venipuncture, in its most basic definition is the process where the veins of the human body are tapped or punctured for the purposes of drawing out bloods samples. Venipuncture can be used not only to draw out blood samples but also as an entryway for intravenous fluids in patients requiring parenteral therapies. Practitioners performing venipuncture needs to be skilled in the art and science of its performance and the proper training to be able to do so as well. Professionals whose job is to perform venipuncture are called phlebotomists. Usually, blood drawn from venipuncture procedure is used to detect the presence of diseases, screening and eventual diagnosis. It can also be used to determine patient compliance to treatment in some cases.

Venipuncture trainingDue to the technicality involved in the drawing of blood samples, a lot of practice is required for one to be able to do this efficiently. Training and certification programs are offered to phlebotomists, as well as membership in professional organizations and associations. These are in place to keep professionals abreast with the latest trends and advances in the practice and contribute to an increased professional credibility for its practitioners.

Training and certification programs provide practitioners with a lot of advantages in terms of knowledge and skills. These include an extensive review of human anatomy and physiology in relation to vessels, the protocols one needs to follow in the preparation of patients and equipment for the puncture, recording and handling of specimens and of course transporting and testing. These are in return practiced in real-case scenarios to build skills necessary for the adept performance of the job. One thing about these training's is that it increases the desire of practitioners to enroll in more of them and become more proficient in their careers.

A thorough training in venipuncture will ensure that practitioners have an increased self-confidence and assurance in the performance of the task. It will help you become at ease as you extract blood samples and also exude the aura of calmness and being in control in front of nervous patients who may be undergoing their first venipuncture procedure. As you get on with the job, the experience will give you the insight and the instinct to perform you job correctly and artistically each time.

Cristina Anzellotti