Phlebotomy is when someone uses a needle to take blood from a vein, usually in your arm. Also called a blood draw or venipuncture, it’s an important tool for diagnosing many medical conditions. Usually the blood is sent to a laboratory for testing.
What’s a phlebotomist do?
Phlebotomists collect blood for donation or for testing, so the blood can be analyzed in a clinical laboratory. Blood tests are used to diagnose illness, evaluate the effectiveness of medications and determine whether a patient is receiving proper nutrition.
What is phlebotomist technician?
Phlebotomy technicians collect blood from patients and prepare the samples for testing. Most work in hospitals and clinics, but some collect blood for donation purposes. Phlebotomy technicians are important members of the health care team and often need to explain the blood-drawing procedure and put patients at ease.
What is higher than a phlebotomist?
Laboratory technician is an even more highly skilled position than phlebotomist and will boost your salary accordingly. You may even eventually be inspired to go to medical school to become a doctor.
What is the highest paid phlebotomist?
Best-Paying States for Phlebotomists
The states and districts that pay Phlebotomists the highest mean salary are California ($45,940), District of Columbia ($43,820), New York ($42,950), Alaska ($42,100), and Washington ($41,380).
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