collecting samples of blood and other fluids from patients. Prior to
collection, it is my responsibility to assure that all
collection instruments and environments are sterile and of first use.
After sample collection, it will include
correctly labeling the collection container with pertinent patient
information for identification, and subsequently must complete and
file companion paperwork to trace the route of the sample from
collection through lab work through final analysis and diagnosis and
finally to proper disposal of the fluids. Any error in the job of a
phlebotomist can have consequences that range from misdiagnosis
to fatal contamination. In addition, phlebotomists on a hospital staff
will also be required to train other phlebotomists in sample collection
and follow up.