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Everyone appreciates a good phlebotomist, and while they make it look easy, what you don’t see is the hours of practice and training they put into their craft.

A good phlebotomist needs clinical skills to properly collect the appropriate specimen, interpersonal skills to help calm a nervous patient and attention to detail to ensure correct procedures were followed. Most lab errors are in the pre- and post-analytic phase, so a good phlebotomist is key to maintaining quality in laboratory testing.

PhlebotomistsRecogni...Collecting a proper sample is often crucial in establishing a patient’s medical condition. Bloodwork can help doctors prevent a serious illness from progressing further and determine disease treatment, making a phlebotomist an integral member of the medical laboratory team.

This is why AMT established a week dedicated to the recognition of phlebotomists. Help us recognize them! Phlebotomists Recognition Week will be observed nationally on February 17-21, 2020. Visit our website for a free kit with resources such as the logo, a celebration planning guide, and promo items for order.

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Phlebotomy technicians are in high-demand. Vacancies have increased significantly as many places need to hire three shifts of technicians. Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. To learn more about becoming a phlebotomist check out our phlebotomy profession profile.

 

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