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Phlebotomy

Phlebotomy

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Contact the Phlebotomy Lead Supervisor on extension 5673 to discuss your phlebotomy requirements for Wolverhampton services; for Cannock Chase Hospital services contact 8247.  

When using the service - please remember:

      
  • Wherever possible blood forms should be completed no later than the night before.    
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  • Urgent Blood Tests – may not be given prioritised processing by the laboratory with just “urgent” written on the request form. Medical staff may be required to ring the laboratory (Haematology extension 8245, Clinical Chemistry extension 8266, Microbiology extension 5969, out of hours via switchboard) and explain the reason for an urgent request. An “urgent” number will be issued to write on the form by some departments.    
     
  • All paper forms must be signed in order for tests to be carried out.
      
  • All tests should be requested on the appropriate forms.

  • Fasting tests – ward staff must be informed or instructions written in the ward diary if any fasting tests are required to ensure that the patient is correctly prepared.

  • Serial Blood Tests – if these are due to be taken when the Phlebotomy Service is not available, a member of the resident staff will be required to undertake sample collections as required. Dates and collection times must be clearly stated when appropriate.

  • It is not appropriate for Phlebotomists to take blood for timed assays, such as Gentamicin and Vancomycin.
Order of draw for blood specimens

Order of draw

   
    

Order      

Colour Code

Tube Type

1 Blood culture Blood culture vials

2

Brown / White

Clotted Gel / Plain Tube

3

Orange

Lithium heparin

4

Green

Citrate

5

Yellow

Fluoride

6

Red

EDTA

7

Light Blue

Blood Transfusion

 

Venepuncture

Remember:

  • Taking blood from a patients drip arm can result in a dilution of all test results.
  • Taking blood for coagulation tests from a patient heparin drip arm will result in falsely elevated results.

 

Click here for details of Community Phlebotomy services available (please note this service falls outside the remit of Pathology directorate)


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Page last updated: 20/06/2016
Next review date: 20/06/2018

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