What does a Mobile Phlebotomist do?
A mobile phlebotomist travels outside of a clinic or hospital to the patient's location to procure blood samples. This may be for blood drives or to take blood samples of people who are not able to travel such as nursing homes, rehabilitation centers or hospice. They may even travel to the patient's home.
Working as a Mobile Phlebotomist
The typical responsibilities of a mobile phlebotomist may be as follows:
- Drive a vehicle to a specified patient or client locations
- Take blood samples from patients and properly label, seal and transport specimens to a laboratory
- Prepare and maintain the sterilization of all equipment
- Manage patient records and screen potential blood donors for health risks
- Comply with all medical standards and procedures of phlebotomy
How much does a Mobile Phlebotomist make in the United States?
Frequently asked questions
Do mobile phlebotomist need to transport blood samples in your vehicle?
Some companies will provide a vehicle for you to drive such as a company truck specifically designed to transport medical biohazard materials. Other companies will require you to have a dependable vehicle with insurance.
Is there a risk factor as a mobile phlebotomist for contracting a disease?
Yes, there is a risk factor because a mobile phlebotomist works with materials considered to be a biohazard. The proper handling and disposal of biohazardous waste is essential to this position and is covered in all training classes.
Do mobile phlebotomists collect samples other than blood?
Sometimes a mobile phlebotomist labels and transports urine or stool samples to the laboratory.