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Perform Venipuncture

Medical Assisting > Vascular Procedures

Materials Included:

  • MAVP_Dashboard Text
  • MAVP_Dashboard Video
  • MAVP_Dashboard Anatomy
  • MAVP_Dashboard Simulation
  • MAVP_Dashboard Quiz
This module covers how to prepare for and perform safe and correct methods for blood collection, using a variety of venipuncture (phlebotomy) techniques.

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As a nurse or medical assistant in a doctor's office, or a phlebotomist, you may be asked to collect blood samples for testing. This module teaches you how to prepare for and perform safe and correct methods for blood collection, using a variety of venipuncture (venepuncture) techniques. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers three scenarios that test your ability to prepare for and perform venipuncture, using syringe, butterfly needle, and evacuated tube methods. Practice the steps of the procedures online as often as you want, until you feel confident. This module is based on the entry-level competencies for which the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) test the Medical Assistant.

You’ll learn

  • relevant medical terminology
  • pre-procedure and post-procedure considerations
  • to visualize the anatomy of the main veins of the upper arms, used as blood collection sites
  • how to prepare for venipuncture blood collection and identify the correct collection site
  • how to demonstrate laboratory safety
  • how to perform the proper order of draws in venipuncture blood collection and the correct use of different collection tubes
  • to practice and perfect your skills in performing venipuncture using syringe, butterfly needle, and evacuated tube methods
  • correct recording and reporting procedures
  • much more (see Content Details for more specific information)
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.1.1 - Syringe collection technique
Step 1.1.2 - Vacuum collection technique
Step 1.1.3 - Winged (butterfly) collection technique
Step 1.2 - Medical assistant preparation
Step 1.3 - Patient preparation
Step 1.3.1 - Position the patient
Step 2 - Identify the appropriate collection site
Step 2.1 - Expose the intended puncture site
Step 2.2 - Apply the tourniquet
Step 2.3 - Palpate the vein
Step 3 - Clean the site
Step 4 - Obtain the blood sample
Step 4.1 - Syringe and butterfly collection technique
Step 4.2 - Evacuated tube collection technique
Step 5 - Prepare the blood sample
Step 5.1 - Prepare blood-collection tubes
Step 6 - Apply the dressing
Step 7 - Complete the procedure
  • Describe pre-procedure considerations. 
  • Describe and demonstrate the preparation for venipuncture.
  • Describe and demonstrate laboratory safety according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines
  • Describe and demonstrate correct identification of the venipuncture site.
  • Describe and demonstrate three different methods of blood collection.
  • Identify and demonstrate the use of different collection tubes.
  • List and describe the proper order of draws in venipuncture blood collection.
  • Describe and demonstrate the correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Define and demonstrate correct recording and reporting procedures.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA), Patient Safety Act, and Patients' Bill of Rights.

The SIMTICS modules are all easy to use and web-based. This means they are available at any time as long as the learner has an internet connection. No special hardware or other equipment is required, other than a computer mouse for use in the simulations. Each of the SIMTICS modules covers one specific procedure or topic in detail. Each module contains:

  • an online simulation (available in Learn and Test modes)
  • descriptive text, which explains exactly how to perform that particular procedure including key terms and hyperlinks to references
  • 2D images and a 3D model of applied anatomy for that particular topic
  • a step by step video demonstration by an expert
  • a quiz
  • a personal logbook that keeps track of all the modules the learner has studied and how long

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