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Best Practices to Avoid a Potential Law Suit in Phlebotomy

From the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting (recorded 6/28/2022)
Presented by Kathleen Finnegan, MS, MT(ASCP)SH

Health care workers who collect blood must be trained properly in all areas of phlebotomy. Phlebotomy is an invasive procedure, and healthcare workers that perform phlebotomy incorrectly can, and will, be held legally accountable for their skills. This presentation will review guidelines to avoid lawsuits, describe situations and cases that may have legal ramifications, and discuss the best practices to avoid legal aspects in a potential law suit associated with phlebotomy procedures.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Review best practices in phlebotomy for quality specimens
  • Discuss the CLSI standard of care and the guidelines to follow
  • Describe the type of phlebotomy errors that may be a potential law suit

ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area of Phlebotomy (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.