This course is for Nurses, Health Care Assistants and Phlebotomists in primary care, the community, hospitals or nursing homes. You will gain skills and knowledge on how to carry out venepuncture with a practical session on performing blood tests, which gives you an opportunity to practice.
This course will give delegates the theoretical and practical awareness to undertake a competence assessment framework in the workplace that will deem them competent to take blood safely and appropriately. Each delegate will leave with a competence-based framework to enable assessment of competence in the workplace.
|Includes||All course materials and certificate of attendance|
|Accreditation||The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) 6 CPD points awarded on completion.|
Aims and Objectives
- Identify and describe equipment used for routine venepuncture.
- Assess and select suitable sites used for venepuncture as well as locations to avoid.
- Describe and utilize the required steps to perform routine venepuncture.
- Describe actions that ensure safety during performance of a venepuncture.
- Identify suitable vein selection and identify factors influencing this.
- Understand relevant professional and legal issues.
- Be able to identify potential complications.
- Understand anatomy and physiology and correct vein selection.
- Be familiar with equipment and exercise choice in using most appropriate equipment.
- Practice safely in terms of infection control and waste management.
- Become skilled and competent at phlebotomy.
- To recognise any complications arising and be able to take the appropriate action.
- Background and importance of training and competence
- Supervision and practice
- Scope and responsibilities
- Accountability and responsibility
- Professional and legal issues
- Consent and Capacity
- What is venepuncture
- Tools of the trade-equipment
- Needles and patient safety
- Blood collection systems and devices
- Syringes-when to use
- Blood collection tubes
- Anatomy and physiology
- Vein Selection:
- Identification of Veins
- Arm Veins
- Hand Veins
- Vein assessment
- Unacceptable sites for venous collection
- Venepuncture procedure
- Order of Fill
- Specimen collection procedures
- Specimen handling post venepuncture
- Personal protective equipment
- Needle stick injuries
- Legislation-EU Directives
- Needle phobia’s
- Dealing with anxiety/fainting etc
- Practical session
- Potential Complications (including Infection Control)
- Practical Application – Techniques and Troubleshooting
- Case scenarios
who should attend?
- Those interested in careers as Phlebotomists