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PBT100: Introduction to Phlebotomy

by Amy Vogel

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This course is intended to teach the basics of blood collection, including tying tourniquets, vein location and palpation, collection of blood specimens from antecubital area and hand, and correct order of draw. Evacuated tube system and winged-infusion collection will be covered along with instructions on how to perform basic point-of-care glucose testing. These podcasts are pre-recorded. The average length is 1-5 minutes. The podcasts are designed to supplement the phlebotomy classes taught at HACC and to provide simple, concise instruction to other health care providers. Please direct any feedback to

Customer Reviews

Videos show failed venipuncture

The basic instructions are good. In both videos I watched the instructor miss the vein and collected no blood. This is not a good video to watch if you are a first time phlebotomist or MLT/MT student. Bad site selection and not showing the "flash" of blood with the butterfly are bad for students to see. The videos should be remade with successful venipunctures where blood is obtained from a good site. I would be embarrassed to place this video on the internet as a MLT student much less an instructor.

Very Bad

Of the videos that I watched three of the sticks were unsuccessful. One of the unsuccessful sticks was with a vacutainer. I think an instructional video should show successful sticks. On one of the videos the "instructor" uncapped the needle to inspect it and then RECAPPED IT! You should never do this, you should check the needle just before you stick the patient. On one of the push button butterfly videos the "instructor" activated the safety feature and did not cover it with gauze immediately so you saw blood oozing out of the puncture site. This will cause a hematoma. This is a poor portrayal of the skill of phlebotomy. I think I may use this as a competency for my staff and have them point out what the "instructor" did incorrectly. Do not watch this if you need instruction in the field of phlebotomy.

correction to video

Hello everyone,
In one of the videos, I do a quick check for burrs on the needle then recap it. A few seconds later I tell listeners that I usually do NOT do this-I check for the burrs when I am ready to do the venipuncture. Thank you for the feedback

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