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Speed Learning 4: Student Phlebotomy Training: Safety and Litigation Issues; Phlebotomy Program Challenges; Best Practices in Phlebotomy

From the 2020 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (February 28, 2020)
Presented by Kristen Coffey, Brenna Ildza and Kathleen Finnegan
This session includes 3 15 minute sessions:

  • Student Phlebotomy Training: Safety and Litigation Issues: Student phlebotomy training is a hot-button topic at the University of West Florida. General counsel and institutional review board (IRB) have contributed to programmatic improvements. Primary areas of concern are student privacy, safety, and appropriate documentation. Improvements encompass additional training, paperwork, and waiver implementation, barcoding student samples, and needle-stick response training for faculty.
  • Phlebotomy Program Challenges: Phlebotomy programs are often faced with challenges due to the ever-changing laboratory educational environment. Two main challenges include student recruitment and clinical placement. The issues will be presented, as well as the strategies to overcome the challenges.
  • Best Practices in Phlebotomy: Proper phlebotomy technique ensures patient safety and better patient care by reducing pre-analytical errors. The quality of blood specimens obtained from patients has an important role for prognosis, diagnosis, treatment, and patient management. The laboratory staff must recognize the importance of good phlebotomy technique for overall quality of laboratory results.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1.List areas of concern for a university regarding phlebotomy practices in course work.
Address possible solutions to ameliorate concerns and enhance safety protocols.
Describe the necessity of anonymizing student samples when students use their own samples to perform protocols that may be considered diagnostic.
2.Identify challenges of phlebotomy education programs.
Describe strategies to address phlebotomy program challenges.
Design a plan to implement a change for an issue in an educational program.
3.Describe best practices in phlebotomy techniques and procedures.
Discuss the guidelines for good phlebotomy practice.
Summarize phlebotomy procedures to increase the overall quality of specimen collections.

This recorded presentation is P.A.C.E. ® accredited. The instruction level for this activity is Intermediate. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area General will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.