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<p>Phlebotomy is the therapeutic practice of opening a vein to draw blood and is also referred to as "venesection". Phlebotomists do not require a license. They perform venipuncture and skin puncture in a licensed clinical laboratory after meeting specific training requirements approved by a physician, surgeon or clinical laboratory bioanalyst.</p><br>  
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<p>Phlebotomy is the practice of drawing blood for samples and is also referred to as venipuncture. Phlebotomists must be certified with the California [http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs/Pages/Phlebotomist.aspx '''Department of Public Health.]'''</p><br>
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<p>Phlebotomist do not require a license, only special training with approval of a Medical Doctor.</p><br>  
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<p>Effective April 9, 2003, all persons performing phlebotomy who are not California licensed physicians, nurses or clinical lab scientists or other licensed professionals where phlebotomy is not in their scope of practice, must be certified as a phlebotomist before they can draw blood.</p><br>
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<p>Persons who were certified prior to April 9, 2003 (“old certification”) and who were employed as phlebotomists as of that date can continue to work until December 31, 2006 provided their application for State certification was submitted to LFS by July1, 2006. Sometimes this is called “grand fathering”. All other persons must have the new certification in order to work as phlebotomists.</p><br>
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'''There are three types of certification:'''<br>
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*Limited phlebotomy technician is authorized to do skin puncture blood collection only.<br>
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*Certified phlebotomy technician I, is authorized to do venipuncture and skin punctures,<br>
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*Certified phlebotomy technician II is authorized to do venipuncture, arterial puncture and skin punctures.<br>
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'''<font color="#4AA02C">Department of Public Health</font color="#4AA02C">'''<br>
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'''Laboratory Field Services'''<br>
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(510) 620-3800<br>
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[http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs/Pages/Phlebotomist.aspx '''www.cdph.ca.gov''']<br>
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<p>'''Publications available:''' None are offered by the Consumer Information Center</p>
 
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<p>'''See also:''' Blood (Skin Puncture and Venipuncture)</p>
 
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<p>'''Other referrals:''' None</p><br>
 

Revision as of 15:47, 6 October 2010

PHLEBOTOMIST

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Phlebotomy is the practice of drawing blood for samples and is also referred to as venipuncture. Phlebotomists must be certified with the California Department of Public Health.


Effective April 9, 2003, all persons performing phlebotomy who are not California licensed physicians, nurses or clinical lab scientists or other licensed professionals where phlebotomy is not in their scope of practice, must be certified as a phlebotomist before they can draw blood.


Persons who were certified prior to April 9, 2003 (“old certification”) and who were employed as phlebotomists as of that date can continue to work until December 31, 2006 provided their application for State certification was submitted to LFS by July1, 2006. Sometimes this is called “grand fathering”. All other persons must have the new certification in order to work as phlebotomists.



There are three types of certification:

  • Limited phlebotomy technician is authorized to do skin puncture blood collection only.
  • Certified phlebotomy technician I, is authorized to do venipuncture and skin punctures,
  • Certified phlebotomy technician II is authorized to do venipuncture, arterial puncture and skin punctures.


Department of Public Health
Laboratory Field Services
(510) 620-3800
www.cdph.ca.gov



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