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What is a phlebotomist?

A phlebotomist collects blood samples from patients by various techniques and may be responsible for the collection of other non-blood specimens (such as throat culture specimens). Other duties may include preparing specimens for analysis, handling and transporting specimens, drug testing collection, and point of care testing.

A phlebotomist is an important member of the medical laboratory team. Patient care is dependent on proper collection of specimens. Diagnoses and treatments are determined from specimens collected by a phlebotomist. In addition, the phlebotomist is often the patient’s only contact with the laboratory department. 

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