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

  • Service Orientation

    Actively looking for ways to help people.

  • Social Perceptiveness

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

WorkKeys®
Applied Mathematics
3
Reading for Information
4
Locating Information
4
Abilities
  • Near Vision

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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 $31,450/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $15.12/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 4,890
  • Yearly Projected Openings 190
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
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control
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.