A blood collector or a phlebotomist is a healthcare professional who specialises in collecting blood samples from patients for laboratory testing. Phlebotomists are trained to perform venipunctures (the insertion of a needle into a vein to obtain a blood sample) and other blood collection techniques in a safe, efficient, and comfortable manner.
Phlebotomists work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, medical centres, aged care homes, laboratories, and blood donation centres.
They interact with patients of all ages, from new borns to the elderly, and must be able to communicate effectively and put patients at ease during the blood collection process.
In addition to collecting blood samples, phlebotomists are also responsible for preparing samples for laboratory analysis, labelling and organising samples properly, and maintaining accurate records of blood collection procedures. They must also adhere to strict safety and quality control standards to ensure that blood samples are collected and processed accurately and in accordance with regulations.
To become a phlebotomist, individuals typically need to complete a phlebotomy training program and obtain certification from a recognised organisation.
Most pathology companies in Australia will assist you in your accreditation and training to become a blood collector.
Phlebotomists must also stay up-to-date with the latest techniques and technologies in their field, and maintain their certification through continuing education.