Phlebotomist Job Duties

Phlebotomist Job Description

Phlebotomists are members of the healthcare team and work to provide timely and accurate on site blood collection. They are responsible for collection of blood samples, supply inventory, records, and procedures in accordance with OSHA, CLIA, and other applicable standards.

Phlebotomist Specific Job Duties

  • Collects appropriate specimens from patients, prepares specimens/records for outside lab procedures, and records lab results in an accurate and timely manner
  • May perform quality assurance testing on equipment
  • Works with patients and healthcare team regarding test availability and paperwork
  • Communicates with other Healthcare staff
  • Utilizes computer systems, basic data entry, typing skills and record management
  • Perform quality control procedures
  • Maintains inventory of laboratory supplies
  • Follows Infection Control and Safety guidelines
  • Patient phone calls, scheduling appointments
  • Keeping cleaning and equipment logs
  • Working with outside labs and/or doctor offices
  • Arranging for pickup of specimens for transportation

They may also be required to verify insurance information, help with billing questions, send letters to patients and help in different areas of the hospital or doctor’s office as required.

One of the most important responsibilities as a phlebotomist is to take safety precautions. ¬†Phlebotomists are required to wear protective gear such as gloves, gowns and sometimes even goggles. It is very important that phlebotomists be extremly careful when handling bodily fluids, biohazards, sharps and needles. ¬†Appropriate training and precautions need to be followed when working with bodily fluids and needles for both the employee and patient’s best interest.