For 40 years, So You're Going to Collect a Blood Specimen: An Introduction to Phlebotomy has served as a basic text and functional reference guide for phlebotomy. The book is well illustrated, providing step-by-step instructions for obtaining blood by venipuncture and skin puncture from adult and pediatric patients. The new edition contains sections on competency assessment, quality assurance, and reducing preanalytic errors that can lead to specimen rejection. Safety considerations for phlebotomists, other health care professionals, and patients-with an emphasis on needlestick safety and prevention-are incorporated throughout the text. Contents include: * The importance of collecting a blood sample * Representative blood collection tubes and order of draw * Sterility and disposal of used materials * Patient approach and identification * Test requisitions and specimen tube labeling * Difficult or missing patients, and patients in special care areas * Glossary of terms, references, and additional resources
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