Mobile Phlebotomy and Phlebotomist Careers
There are more than 1 billion blood draws in the United States each year and healthcare laboratory tests is a substantial part of a 2.7 trillion dollar US healthcare market. Seventy percent of the US healthcare expenses derive from laboratory testing representing 13 percent of the whole US gross domestic product. This market is massive and continually expanding and has called for improvements and the reinvention of phlebotomy processes to improve laboratory access to diagnostic blood draws and testing.
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Traditionally, a phlebotomist is a Health Professional who draws blood in a hospital or clinical setting. However, phlebotomy services are extending beyond the four walls of a hospital or clinic and becoming a mobile and on demand service. Mobile phlebotomy is reducing the workload for home health facilities, clinics and physician offices and enabling patients to take a portion of their healthcare into their own hands. With the efficiencies and conveniences of home testing, it improves patient health and lowers health care cost while addresses an imperative need in a nearly three trillion dollar industry.
By means of mobile phlebotomy, after patients first visit their care provider they can then schedule tests and blood draws to be performed at their office or home at a date and time that is most convenient. Mobile phlebotomists travel to that location and draw blood on the spot. After specimens have been collected the mobile phlebotomist transports the samples back to the lab for further testing.
Mobile phlebotomists work with patients of clinics, hospitals, and home health facilities. As well as, accommodate the needs of many companies that require blood tests for job placement, or for insurance coverage.
The Mobile Phlebotomy practice is primarily based on the collecting and proper handling of human specimens. Phlebotomist play a primary role in laboratory testing and patient care and work under the direction of physicians or other licensed Health Care Professional. They collect blood and other specimens from their patients and accurately catalog the specimens for specific lab test and to diagnose and monitor health conditions.
Before a specimen is collected, it is the mobile phlebotomist's responsibility to confirm that all safety measures have been taken and the collection instruments and surroundings are sterile. Phlebotomists have extremely high potential to be exposed to blood-borne diseases and contaminants. It is is extremely important they use caution and a high level of expertise in performing their duties for their own safety and others that may be exposed to any fluid samples being collected. After specimens are collected it is the mobile phlebotomist responsibility to transport the samples between the sample site and the laboratory.
What Mobile Phlebotomy Technicians Do.
MOBILE PHLEBOTOMY TECHNICIAN
Phlebotomy is a skilled field of clinical practice primarily based around the collecting and proper handling of human specimens and plays a primary role in laboratory testing and home health patient care. Under the direction of a physician or licensed health care professional, Mobile Phlebotomy Technicians collect blood and other specimens from patients and accurately catalog the specimens for specific lab test and deliver the specimens to the lab. Mobile Phlebotomy Technicians have a wide range of roles and responsibilities. The most typical tasks are to collect and catalogue laboratory specimens, implement standard laboratory tests. Subsequently, they are responsible for disposal of the contaminated supplies and sterilizing the medical equipment used for testing. Mobile Phlebotomy Technicians duties are varied according to the State law of the heath care provider's location.
What Do Mobile Phlebotomist Do?
Before a specimen collected, it is the phlebotomist's responsibility to confirm that all safety measures have been taken and the collection instruments and surroundings are sterile. Phlebotomists have extremely high potential to be exposed to blood borne diseases and contaminants. It is is extremely important they use caution and a high level of expertise in performing of their duties for their own safety and others that may be exposed to the fluid samples being collected.
The Necessities Of Mobile Phlebotomy
As a Phlebotomy Technician you must enjoy working with people! Mobile Phlebotomy Technicians work with doctors and other health Professionals, but their main focus is patients. As a Phlebotomist you will interact with patients on a daily basis. Health Professionalism and discretion is a must, since handling sensitive and confidential information is part of the job. Phlebotomists that work in a laboratory environment must apply quality control and safety measures to prevent the contamination of samples during analysis. Phlebotomists who conduct home care visits will be responsible for transportation of fluid samples between the sample site and the laboratory. Phlebotomists on a hospital staff will also be required to train other phlebotomists in sample collection and follow up. Other skills should include: multitasking, prioritizing, dependability. When working under pressure in an emergency situation, stay calm with a composed behavior maintain a strong work ethic and always be a team player.
TASKS REQUIRED TO PERFORM
- Draw blood from patients and blood donors.
- Talk with patients and donors so they are less nervous about having their blood drawn.
- Verify a patient or donor's identity to ensure proper labeling.
- Label the drawn blood for testing or processing.
- Enter patient information into an onsite database.
- Assemble and maintain medical instruments such as needles, test tubes, and blood vials.
- Collect and catalog laboratory specimens.
- Execute standard lab tests.
- Dispose of the contaminated supplies.
- Disinfect medical instruments.
Salary And Job Outlook
According to Salary.com The median annual Phlebotomy Technician salary is $33,733, as of June 28, 2019, with a range usually between $31,771–$37,214, however this can vary from state to state and on a variety of factors.
Phlebotomy Technician Salaries by Percentile
A team of Certified Compensation Health Professionals has analyzed survey data collected from thousands of HR departments at companies of all sizes and industries to present this range of annual salaries for people with the job title Phlebotomy Technician in the United States.
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MAA CERTIFIED PHLEBOTOMY TECHNICIAN AVERAGE SALARY = $34,733
To read more about the changing landscape of medical assisting and get an employer's perspective, download your copy of NHA's 2017 allied health publication, access™, and read The Role of Medical Assistants: Growth, Opportunity and Change.
Ways To Become A Mobile Phlebotomist
TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION
The Certified Phlebotomy Technician ( CPT ) is a Nationally acknowledged certification administered by the National Healthcareers Association. It is not required to have a National certification to work as a Phlebotomy Technician but the majority of healthcare facilities will require the accomplishment of a one year Nationally recognized training courses, particularly since Medicare and many other health-insurance companies will subsequently only cover's the patients phlebotomy procedure if it is performed by a Certified Phlebotomy Technician ( CPT ). getting your Certified Phlebotomy Technician certification significantly increase your likelihood of employment.
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Advantages Of Training and Certification
This occupation those who are certified have a big advantage when searching for a job. A certification is a way to stand out from any prospect and it is the simplest way to prove qualifications and a certain level of competence. There is less on-the-job training, which will save you and employers valuable time and resources. A certification proves to employers that the candidate is serious about their profession.
THE NAHCE PHLEBOTOMY TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATE AND BADGE OF COMPLETION (BOC)
The NAHCE Phlebotomy Technician Certificate and badge of completion (BOC) tells your employer that you have received the highest standards in Phlebotomy Technician education, information, and knowledge meeting the educational requirements of the certifying bodies in this field.
PHLEBOTOMY TECHNICIAN certificate (CPT)
The NHA Phlebotomy Technician certificate (CPT) is a nationally accredited certificate program, that meets or exceeds the accreditation criteria of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), ensuring the highest quality standards. The CPT exam tests the most current and relevant competencies necessary to ensure proficiency in performing tasks associated with phlebotomy practices. Phlebotomy Technicians are critical team members at hospitals, diagnostic laboratories and blood donor centers. Becoming a CPT with NHA shows that you are knowledgeable and ready to be a valued member of a healthcare team.
The NHA Phlebotomy Technician certificate (CCMA) is a nationally accredited certificate program, that meets or exceeds the accreditation criteria of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), ensuring an examination that meets the highest quality standards. The NHA exam tests the most current and relevant competencies necessary to ensure proficiency in the medical assisting profession. Whether you want to work in a doctor's office or a medical clinic, becoming a CCMA with NHA shows that you are knowledgeable and ready to be a valued member of a healthcare team. The purchase of NHA exam preparation materials or other educational products is not required to sit for any NCCA-accredited certificate exam offered by NHA, and does not guarantee a passing score on an examiNation. Exams accredited by the National Commission For Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA accredits certificate courses by providing an unbiased third-party review of our courses. Successful completion of this review results in accreditation. Those courses successfully going through this rigorous process have met certain standards and best practices to ensure that a legally defensible and psychometrically sound exam/assessment is delivered.
Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other locations will need phlebotomists to perform bloodwork.
Percent Change In Employment, Projected 2016-24
Note: All occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic, Employment Projections Program
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