Phlebotomy Renewal Certifications Testing Tips - Fun Phlebotomy Study Quiz
Make Sure the School You Choose is an Accredited Phlebotomy Program.
California and Louisiana Phlebotomist
It's a requirement for Phlebotomist living in California and Louisiana to become state licensed, by first going to an accredited Phlebotomy program. And then maintain your CPT-1 license by sending six clock hours per year needed for PACE test, which includes a total 14 clock hours for the test. The state license clock hours are required for completion every year.
Also to stay current with the Department of Health every 2 years, just print your most recent transcript from the NCCT website (proof of continuing education), and mail it in with a $100 money order. Copies are $17.00, once the form is approved you will get the identification card and state license certificate by mail. There's a 90 day time limit to mail in the money order and application request for the "Renewal of your Phlebotomy Technician Certification."
Taking the competency test will keep your mind sharp and up to date as a professional Phlebotomist. There are a few ways to become nationally certified, but one way is; through the National Center for Competency Testing. Most students first take this test at their phlebotomy training school, after that, this test can be taken at home online through NCCT. Following that, the tests are sent to your home current address, for recertification yearly. The contact information for the National Center for Competency Testing, NCCT is; National Center for Competency Testing, 7007 College Boulevard, Suite 705, Overland Park, KS 66211, phone 1-800-875-4404, fax 913-498-1243, office hours 8:30am-5:00pm CST.
The State Licensed Certified Phlebotomy Technician- CPT1 will be obtained through the Department of Public Health in your state (CDPH). After completing and passing your state license testing; your title will look something like this; (example, Sally Smith - CPT1). Once you get the CPT1 license by the CDPH, you can make copies of it, and also frame it. On the license will appear a certificate number, file ID number, date issued, expiration date, your name, the Laboratory Field Services Chief's name, and the words "Certified Phlebotomy Technician I.
The contact is: California Department of Public Health, CDPH; Attention Phlebotomy Program, Laboratory Field Services, 850 Marina Bay Parkway, Building P, 1st Floor, Richmond, CA 94804-6403, phones 510-620-3870, 510-620-3792, main phone 510-620-3800, fax 510-620-3697.
It's a good idea to make extra copies of your certification when it arrives, because requesting coping through the CDPH will cost $17.00.
Errors to Avoid:
- Never allow patient to bend their elbow after a venipuncture procedure for at least 15-20 minutes.
- Do not choose vein by sight.
- Always remove first the tourniquet, tube, needle in correct order to prevent patient error, or lab blood reading errors.
- Do not take your eyes off the needle while in the vein.
- Do not re-palpate site after final cleaning.
- Do not leave tourniquet on for more than 2 minutes.
- Do not use damaged, hard, fragile or traumatized veins.
Tips; always wash your hands before and after patient contact. When doing a venipuncture, ask the patient if they are feeling alright, and check for signs of fainting.
- Using a centrifuge machine separates the cellular and the liquid portion of blood.
- A centrifuge uses force; a spinning motion that pushes force outward, to separate the liquid portion.
- a. Bottom layer - Heavy red blood cells
- b. Middle layer - Very tiny layer of platelets & white blood cells (WBC), called the Buffy coat.
- c. Top layer - Liquid layer, is lightest of all components. Layer is serum or plasma.
Evacuated Tube Collection System
3. The most frequent gauge of needle used in venipuncture is 21g.
4. CBC (complete blood count) is one of the most frequently ordered tests. Consists of a number of tests including:
- WBC count & differential white blood cells.
- RBC red blood cells
- Hgb determination hemoglobin
- MCV cell volume
- MCH & MCHC compose hemoglobin
5. Eosinophils - a parasitic infection found in white blood cells.
6. Hematocytometer - is used for counting blood cells.
7. Neutrophils, Eosinophils and Basophils are granulated cells.
8. Septicemia - bacterial infection of the blood.
9. Sharps container - container used for disposal of used needles.
10. CEU - Continuing Education Units
a. Evacuated Tube, b. Needle, c. Tube Holder/Needle Holder
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