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Perform Capillary Puncture and Hematology Testing

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Learn how to prepare for, perform, and document safe and correct techniques using capillary puncture from a variety of adult and infant collection sites.

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As a nurse or medical assistant in a doctor's office, you may be asked to perform capillary puncture to assess blood glucose, hematocrit and cholesterol levels. This module teaches you how to prepare for, perform, and document safe and correct techniques using capillary puncture from a variety of adult and infant collection sites. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers three scenarios that test your ability to perform capillary puncture for blood glucose, hematocrit and cholesterol testing in adults and infants. 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 sites for capillary puncture from the middle and ring fingers of an adult, and alternative blood collection sites in adults and infants
  • how to prepare for capillary puncture and correctly identify the collection site
  • to practice and perfect your technique for performing capillary puncture and collection, using different collection tubes
  • how to read a microhematocrit test, a blood glucose test and a total cholesterol test
  • correct recording and reporting procedures
  • much more (see Content Details for more specific information)
Introduction
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.2 - Medical assistant preparation
Step 1.3 - Patient preparation
Step 2 - Identify the appropriate collection site
Step 3 - Clean the site
Step 4 - Obtain the blood sample
Step 4.1 - Puncture the collection site
Step 4.2 - Capillary tube collection
Step 4.3 - Microtainer tube collection
Step 4.4 - Point of care testing strip collection
Step 5 - Prepare the sample for transport
Step 5.1 - Transporting capillary tubes
Step 5.2 - Transporting microtainer tubes
Step 6 - Apply the dressing
Step 7 - Microhematocrit measurement
Step 7.1 - Prepare the samples
Step 7.2 - Read the measurement
Step 7.2.1 - Using a centrifuge with a built-in microhematocrit reader
Step 7.2.2 - Using a centrifuge without a built-in microhematocrit reader
Step 8 - Blood glucose level assessment
Step 9 - Total cholesterol level assessment
Step 10 - Complete the procedure
  • Describe pre-procedure considerations for capillary puncture and hematology testing.
  • Describe and demonstrate the preparation for capillary puncture.
  • Describe laboratory safety according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
  • Describe and demonstrate correct identification of the collection site.
  • Describe and demonstrate the correct technique for performing capillary puncture and collection.
  • Identify and demonstrate the use of different collection tubes.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to perform and read a microhematocrit test.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to perform and read a blood glucose test.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to perform and read a total cholesterol test.
  • Describe correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Describe 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
  • 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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