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Blood Collection

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Blood Collection: Anatomy and Physiology

Product code: M284A    Copyright © 2015
    

Overview:
Blood is the elixir of life. With every beat of the heart, blood circulates through the vessels of the body bringing the cells life-sustaining oxygen, nutrients, and hormones while removing waste products that can be toxic. This process continues second after second, minute after minute, day after day throughout life. This first program in the three-part Blood Collection series reviews the anatomic and physiologic considerations related to phlebotomy - the collection of blood - as well as describe the most common blood tests.

Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:•

  • Differentiate between the five types of blood vessels
  • Identify the locations of three preferred sites for venipuncture
  • Name the three formed elements found in blood
  • Name the four blood types
  • List seven common blood tests

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Blood Collection: Performing Phlebotomy

Product code: M284B    Copyright © 2015
    

OVERVIEW:

Phlebotomy is the collection of blood, which is done to assess person’s state of health, diagnose pathology, treat certain hematologic diseases, and for the collection of blood products like plasma. It can be performed by many healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, phlebotomists, and other providers. This second program in the three-part Blood Collection series will focus on performing venipuncture, troubleshooting problems with gaining venous access, and common complications. In addition, guidelines for documentation of the procedure will be presented.

 

OBJECTIVES:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify the proper labeling used for various blood tests
  • Describe the preparation procedure before drawing blood
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of several equipment options for phlebotomy
  • Describe the venipuncture procedure
  • Explain the Emergency Nurses Association’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for taking a blood culture
  • Describe the solutions to three common problems when performing phlebotomy
  • List the proper information to include when documenting a blood draw

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Blood Collection: Special Considerations

Product code: M284C    Copyright © 2015
    

OVERVIEW:

Venipuncture is more than just putting a needle into a patient’s arm and drawing blood. Many clients are adults who are in good health, have visible veins, and are unafraid of the procedure to have their blood sample obtained for testing. However, that is not always the case. This final program in the three-part Blood Collection series will focus on special considerations when performing phlebotomy on specific populations, including pediatric patients, the elderly, women who have had mastectomies, patients who are obese, and those who have needle phobia.

 

OBJECTIVES:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Estimate the blood volume of patients in different developmental stages
  • Describe techniques used to alleviate the stress of venipuncture
  • Describe common behavioral reactions to venipuncture for children of different ages
  • Explain the blood collection procedure for newborns, children, and elderly patients
  • Identify precautions to be taken when drawing blood from women who have had mastectomies and patients who are obese
  • Describe the proper approach to phlebotomy for patients with belonephobia

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Blood Collection: Special Procedures

Product code: 78049        

Overview:

Explains and demonstrates six blood collection procedures (for adults and children) that go beyond routine collections. The topics include blood cultures, type and crossmatch, therapeutic drug monitoring, glucose tolerance tests, special transport of samples, and bleeding time tests.

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Blood Collection: The Pediatric Patient

Product code: 78048        

Overview:

Demonstrates the heelstick, fingerstick, and venipuncture techniques using the butterfly needle on pediatric patients.

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Blood Collection: The Routine Venipuncture

Product code: 78047        

Overview:

Provides step-by-step instruction using basic terminology. Discusses equipment specifications, considerations when choosing a venipuncture site, the standard order of draw for evacuated tubes, proper specimen identification, and Universal Precautions.

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Tube Handling for Blood Collection

Product code: M177        Reviewed for accuracy: 2011

Overview:
Program describes the tubes and procedures used in blood banks to collect blood samples. Explains proper techniques for sample collection and labeling and tests performed on the blood. Discusses the consequences of improper handling during collection, transport and centrifugation.

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