Phlebotomy Handbook: Blood Collection Essentials (7th Edition)

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9780131133341: Phlebotomy Handbook: Blood Collection Essentials (7th Edition)

This is the most timely and comprehensive source of blood and specimen collection information available on the worldwide market. Provides today's health care professionals with the latest safety guidelines; condensed information about new federal regulations; updates on equipment and supplies; new NCCLS standards and hazard prevention techniques; and extensive coverage on transcultural communication skills for all ages. Medical Technologists, Medical Technicians, Medical Assistants, Specimen collection supervisors, Laboratory Managers/Directors, Nurses. Also, a valuable resource for hospital laboratories, out patient clinics, physicians' office practices, and emergency rooms.

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Sixth Edition

The most accurate and current source of blood and specimen collection information on the market, Phlebotomy Handbook: Blood Collection Essentials, 6th Edition is designed to provide healthcare professionals with all the clinical, technical, and communication skills they need to know related to specimen collection. Revised and updated, the new 6th edition contains the latest information on the risks and hazards associated with specimen collection while retaining the hallmark sections devoted to safety, equipment, special procedures, and legal issues that have made it a bestseller. Whether your field is medical technology, medical assisting, respiratory therapy, radiological technology, or nursing, Phlebotomy Handbook as the information you need. Included are:

  • The latest standards related to the Needlestick Prevention Act.
  • Current risks and hazards information including prevention methods.
  • Expanded discussion of age-related competencies, trans-cultural communication, and nonverbal and verbal communication strategies.
  • Expanded coverage of the circulatory system.
  • Expanded sections related to ethical issues.
  • New Performance Checklists.
  • Coverage of Point-of-Care Testing.
  • Clinical Alerts.

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This book, Phlebotomy Handbook: Blood Collection Essentials, Sixth Edition, is designed for health care students and practitioners who are responsible for blood and specimen collections (i.e., nurses, phlebotomists, clinical laboratory technicians and technologists, respiratory therapists, and others). The primary goal of the book is to link the phlebotomist (blood collector) to the latest information, techniques, skills, and equipment for the provision of safe and effective collection procedures, for the improvement of diagnostic and therapeutic laboratory testing, for enhancement of customer satisfaction, and ultimately, for the promotion of better health outcomes. It provides a wide range of competencies, including communication, clinical, technical, and safety skills that any health care worker will use in the practice of phlebotomy and other specimen collection procedures. In addition, the book provides a background of general knowledge and insights to support the technical skills.

The book highlights trends in the health care industry that have forced greater efficiency, higher quality standards, safer devices and practices, and increased cost effectiveness. Also, methods of delivering health care services have continued shifting toward ambulatory care, client based approaches to empowering patients and families with more information and education, decreasing stress and pain, improving customer service and communication skills, streamlining processes, cross-training clinical tasks, such as phlebotomy, and using shared decisions to meet an individual's needs. The role of the blood collector has expanded to encompass additional patient care duties and clinical responsibilities, a more patient-sensitive role, and improved interpersonal skills to deal effectively with patients, their families, and health care teams. Even the traditional title phlebotomist has changed in many facilities to patient associate, patient care technician, or clinical assistant. The practice of phlebotomy is presented in this industry context.

The order in which the material is presented generally follows the way in which a phlebotomist approaches the patient (i.e., beginning with important communication skills, a basic understanding of physiologic aspects, moving to safety considerations in preparation for the phlebotomy procedure, preparation of supplies and equipment, actual venipuncture or skin puncture, and potential complications). Specialty tests and, finally, a review of quality management and legal issues is presented toward the end. In addition, appendices are included that detail important terms, phrases, and symbols.

The content is divided into five major parts:

I. Overview provides a knowledge base of the roles and functions of a phlebotomist in the health care industry and the basics of anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the circulatory system.

II. Safety Procedures provides information about safety and infection control in the workplace and the documentation and transportation procedures needed for safe handling of biohazardous specimens.

III. Equipment and Procedures provides the most updated information about blood collection equipment, provides a comprehensive description of the actual techniques used in phlebotomy, and reviews clinical and technical complications that may occur during the procedure.

IV. Special Procedures and Point-of-Care Testing provides information about pediatric phlebotomy procedures, arterial and IV collections, and special considerations for the elderly, homebound, and long-term care patients.

V. Quality Management and Legal Issues covers quality management issues for blood and specimen collection services and legal issues important to phlebotomy practice.

Key features of the Phlebotomy Handbook: Blood Collection Essentials, Sixth Edition, include the following:

  • Latest information about the standards related to the Needlestick Prevention Act.
  • Updated industry product information for blood collection safety devices.
  • New color plates have been added including the veins, arteries, and heart.
  • Expanded discussion of age-related competencies and transcultural communication.
  • Expanded sections related to ethical issues.
  • Performance Checklists have been added to specific chapters.
  • Glossary of Terms.
  • Clinical alert symbols indicate procedures or concepts that have vitally important clinical consequences for the patient. The clinical alert indicates that "extra caution" should be taken by the health care worker to comply with the procedure, thereby avoiding adverse outcomes for the patient.
  • Procedural information is presented in comprehensive descriptions, using an "on the job" perspective.
  • Exercises for improving communication skills are included to "get the feel" of being a patient and being an effective part of a health care team.
  • Case studies are presented after each major section. Key terms, objectives, and study questions are provided for each chapter.
  • A color chart indicating blood collection tubes, appropriate color codings, and additives.
  • Appendices containing Spanish phrases, units of measurement and symbols, and formulas and calculations used in laboratories.
  • Contrasting color tables and figures. Larger text format that makes it easy-to-read.

In summary, the authors have created a book that health care professionals and students will use as a central authority of information about blood collection practices. Instructors can also use this as the central body of information to teach specimen collection skills.

Phlebotomy Handbook, Sixth Edition, has companion resources that are cross-referenced to the text Prentice Hall's Q&A Review for Phlebotomy, Sixth Edition, is an aid to students and health care workers preparing for a certification examination. It has an accompanying CD-ROM, a simulated board examination consisting of 100 multiple choice questions with referenced explanatory answers. Students can practice taking the simulated examination in print or via computer. A diagnostic report identifies those topics that need further review and study and provides the score for each content area. An Instructor's Guide is also available.

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