(1 position, Non-Competitive Health Dept.)
The work involves responsibility for the practice of phlebotomy by performing venipunctures on outreach and clinic patients. The incumbent is responsible for related paperwork, blood vial identification, and proper equipment disposal procedures. Supervision is usually received from a physician or an administrative nurse who allows the incumbent independence in the practice of venipunctures. Supervision of employees is not a function of this classification. The employee may be required to carry and respond to a beeper or cellular contact system. Certain assignments made to employees in this class will require reasonable access to transportation to meet fieldwork requirements made in the ordinary course of business in a timely and efficient manner. Does related work as required.
Performs phlebotomy services when blood needs to be drawn for laboratory testing procedures, using safe, antiseptic and sterile techniques.
Performs phlebotomy services whenever a patient has veins that collapse easily, are extremely small, hard to locate or when the patient is uncooperative, has scarred veins from drug use or where there is a lack of easy access to veins.
Performs venipuctures by drawing capillary, venous and arterial blood from various sites of the body.
Instructs or assists in the instruction of skin prick (i.e. fingerstick or heel stick) techniques, venipuncture and blood collection procedures.
May perform venipunctures on County employees when required for physicals or other testing procedures.
Orders and maintains inventory of phlebotomy supplies.
Participates in public health preparedness activities as trained and assigned.
Good knowledge of the techniques and procedures of phlebotomy.
Good knowledge of sterile techniques and appropriate disposal procedures.
Working knowledge of anatomy and physiology as it relates to phlebotomy.
Skill in drawing capillary, venous and arterial blood from various sites of the body.
Ability to deal with patients including children, the sick, the infirm and the aged.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Three (3) months of work experience in a hospital, clinic or physician's office performing venipunctures/fingersticks.