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Phlebotomists

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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.
    Skills
    • 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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • 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.

    Knowledge
    • 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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    Pay
    • 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
    Personality
    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
    Tools
    • 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
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    Tags
    • 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.