There are tutorials, and then there are Tutorials. Naturally, the courses are specialized within the health discipline and should be of a high standard. There are, of course, many ways to teach the same skills, and it is wise to find out exactly what the school is offering in the way of course objectives and outcomes.
We recommend that you find out as much as possible about the actual course. What is the content of the program? What does it provide? What processes, regulations and medical equipment will you learn?
Here is an example of a tutorial program by the University of Utah.
“Blood collection, routine venipuncture and specimen handling”
Objectives for the tutorial:
- Describe and perform the venipuncture process including:
- Proper patient identification procedures.
- Proper equipment selection and use.
- Proper labeling procedures and completion of laboratory requisitions.
- Order of draw for multiple tube phlebotomy.
- Preferred venous access sites, and factors to consider in site selection, and ability to differentiate between the feel of a vein, tendon and artery.
- Patient care following completion of venipuncture.
- Safety and infection control procedures.
- Quality assurance issues.
- Identify the additive, additive function, volume, and specimen considerations to be followed for each of the various color coded tubes.
- List six areas to be avoided when performing venipuncture and the reasons for the restrictions.
- Summarize the problems that may be encountered in accessing a vein, including the procedure to follow when a specimen is not obtained.
- List several effects of exercise, posture, and tourniquet application upon laboratory values.
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Schools will provide you their training program information prior to the enrollment process, or upon request. With many of them you will find it on their website. Make a point of reading through the program objectives, content and training requirements before selecting a school to attend. This will ensure that you don’t waste your money enrolling for a course that won’t give you the job skills and qualifications that you need to get ahead in your phlebotomy career.