This course covers the foundations of blood taking practice in adults. It forms a sound theory base before you begin to practice under supervision in your workplace. The course content is based on the WHO Guidelines on Drawing Blood: Best practices for Phlebotomy and covers all the theory you will need to know to perform evidence-based practice. It will start you on your journey to becoming competent and help you to work out where you need to go next to gain this highly sought-after skill.
This course is suitable for anyone who needs to take blood within their role, including nurses, doctors, pharmacists, health care support workers and administration staff. It can be taken by complete beginners, but even experienced phlebotomists will learn something new and will help with updating knowledge.
"The course gave me the confidence to deliver a safe procedure. I am very confident for a bright future of taking bloods."
"Well presented, engaging, interesting course."
"I was suprised how much the content made sense as there was no practical."
Past course delegates
The rationale for taking blood from the arm and how it relates to your practice
What phlebotomy is and the anatomy and physiology surrounding it
How to ensure the conditions are right and increase your chances of taking blood
The equipment needed for taking blood and how to use it properly
Safety and infection control around blood-taking practice
Identifying, preventing and rectifying complications of phlebotomy
Difficult venepuncture tips and techniques for finding difficult veins
Professional and legal issues with practice and documentation
Practicing phlebotomy skills remotely during social distancing and lockdowns
How to gain competency in practice and what level of supervision is needed before practicing solo
By the end of this course you will be able to: