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Venipuncture for Medical Professionals

Medical Professional - Clinical > Invasive Procedures
This module covers how to prepare for and perform safe and correct methods for blood collection, using the vacuum collection technique and evacuated tube method.

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As a medical professional 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 the vacuum collection technique and evacuated tube method. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers a scenario that tests your ability to prepare for and perform venipuncture, using the evacuated tube method. Practice the steps of the procedure online as often as you want, until you feel confident.

If you are not a medical student or physician, you may prefer the other version of this module which includes all the procedural information /shop/clinical/medical-assisting/vascular-procedures/perform-venipuncture needed by professionals in other roles.


You'll learn

  • pre-procedure considerations
  • how to prepare for venipuncture blood collection and identify the correct collection site
  • to practice and perfect your skills in performing venipuncture using the vacuum and evacuated tube methods
  • much more (see Content Details for more specific information)
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.1.1 - Vacuum collection technique
Step 1.2 - Medical professional 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 - 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 and demonstrate the preparation for venipuncture.
  • Describe and demonstrate correct identification of the venipuncture site.
  • Describe and demonstrate the vacuum method of blood collection.
  • Identify and demonstrate the use of different collection tubes.
  • List and describe the proper order of draws in venipuncture blood collection.

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