Pre-med learning

Phlebotomy Training in Streatham

Not too long ago I went to the Palace Road Surgery in Streatham to undergo a course in basic venepuncture with Phlebotomy Training Services. It was a two day course and a lot of fun where I got to practice on practice arm vein pads as well as a practice arm made specially for venepuncture training which we lovingly nicknamed ‘Fred’. We were taught how to use the two most common methods of taking blood, the Evacuated system and the S-monovette system. The Evacuated system is the one we will come across when practising medicine in the NHS and the S-monovette would be found more frequently in private practice clinics.┬áThe S-monovette system resembles the type of venepuncture systems you would see in war movies, you know the ones with tubes that have plungers attached that drain the blood out manually. As its name suggests, the Evacuated system utilises the use of a vacuum within the tubes to automatically draw the blood from the vein without the need to pull. However the S-monovette system can be adapted to create a vacuum in its tube as well by pulling the plunger all the way back and snapping it off before proceeding to take blood which is quite cool, two in one! This technique will only work for certain tubes within the S-monovette system though as some are too large.

Personally I preferred the Evacuated system simply because I felt more comfortable using it and I enjoyed the sound of the vacuum being released and the sight of practice ‘blood’ flowing into the tube as soon as I connected it to the tube. Enjoy the little things while learning! The Evacuated system was also the one we used in the final assessment so we had to practice the entire process from greeting the patient to finishing the procedure repeatedly. Not only did we learn the practical factors involved in phlebotomy but also other essential bits of knowledge such as comforting the patient and infection control. I was over the moon to get 99% on the written exam and full marks in the final practical exam!

I learned many things on those training days. Firstly that haemophobia does not affect me and that I don’t have shaky hands during needle procedures which both greatly relieve me, especially because I have intentions to become a surgeon one day. I also have a greatly increased appreciation for the need of comforting skills when performing invasive procedures as I believe we all know how frightening anything to do with needles and blood can be for the patient. My teacher Massimo was particularly thorough in his lectures on the importance of trust and respect in the relationship between phlebotomist and patient. I’m hoping to get a job at my local hospital soon as a phlebotomist now that I am officially qualified to take blood. It’s all very exciting!

Matt

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