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Draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research. May explain the procedure to patients and assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions.

    Work Activities
    • Dispose of contaminated sharps, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, and policies.
    • Organize or clean blood-drawing trays, ensuring that all instruments are sterile and all needles, syringes, or related items are of first-time use.
    • Draw blood from veins by vacuum tube, syringe, or butterfly venipuncture methods.
    • Match laboratory requisition forms to specimen tubes.
    • Perform saline flushes or dispense anticoagulant drugs, such as Heparin, through intravenous (IV) lines, in accordance with licensing restrictions and under the direction of a medical doctor.
    • Conduct standards tests, such as blood alcohol, blood culture, oral glucose tolerance, glucose screening, blood smears, or peak and trough drug levels tests.
    • Dispose of blood or other biohazard fluids or tissue, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, or policies.
    • Collect specimens at specific time intervals for tests, such as those assessing therapeutic drug levels.
    • Process blood or other fluid samples for further analysis by other medical professionals.
    • Provide sample analysis results to physicians to assist diagnosis.
    • Administer subcutaneous or intramuscular injects, in accordance with licensing restrictions.
    • Enter patient, specimen, insurance, or billing information into computer.
    • Document route of specimens from collection to laboratory analysis and diagnosis.
    • Draw blood from capillaries by dermal puncture, such as heel or finger stick methods.
    • Draw blood from arteries, using arterial collection techniques.
    • Monitor blood or plasma donors during and after procedures to ensure health, safety, and comfort.
    • Conduct hemoglobin tests to ensure donor iron levels are normal.
    • Transport specimens or fluid samples from collection sites to laboratories.
    • Collect fluid or tissue samples, using appropriate collection procedures.
    • Determine donor suitability, according to interview results, vital signs, and medical history.
    • Calibrate or maintain machines, such as those used for plasma collection.
    • Explain fluid or tissue collection procedures to patients.
    • Train other medical personnel in phlebotomy or laboratory techniques.
    • Serve refreshments to donors to ensure absorption of sugar into their systems.
    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Clerical

      Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $33,870/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $16.29/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 5,490
    • Yearly Projected Openings 720
    Typical Education
    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Concern for Others
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Cooperation
    • Phlebotomy trays or accessories
    • Non vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
    • Capillary or hematocrit tubes
    • Blood collection needle
    • Anatomical human mannequins for medical education or training
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.