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Pre-analytical Challenges Encountered with Capillary Blood Collection and Testing (Online CE Course)

(based on 355 customer ratings)

Alex Casapu, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM
Reviewers: Kevin McNeil, MBA-HCA, MLS(ASCP)CM

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1 hour(s)
Course number 578-080-16, approved through 10/31/2018
Course number 20-553059, approved through 9/1/2018

Objectives

  • Describe the composition of capillary blood, how it differs from venous blood, and how tests results may or may not differ from venous blood tests.
  • Outline the reasons for performing capillary blood tests, including the advantages and disadvantages.
  • Describe the proper puncture sites for heel and finger capillary blood collection.
  • Identify errors that should be avoided during capillary blood collection.
  • Identify errors that should be avoided during transport and storage of capillary specimens.

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(based on 355 customer ratings)

Course Outline

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  • Introduction
  • Types of equipment needed specifically for capillary blood collection
      • Special Devices for Capillary Blood Collection
      • Capillary Blood Gas Equipment
      • If a patient's dermal collection site is cyanotic (bluish in color due to reduced blood circulation), how should the phlebotomist proceed?
      • During the capillary blood gas collection process, what is the purpose of the metal "flea?"
  • Common steps for finger and heel capillary collection
  • Specimen handling
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of Instruction: Beginning 
 
Intended Audience: This course is intended for phlebotomists, phlebotomy supervisors, patient care coordinators, medical laboratory technicians, medical technologists, laboratory supervisors, managers,and directors. This course is also appropriate for medical laboratory science students and pathology residents.
 
Author Information: Alex Casapu, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, has over 17 years of experience as a medical laboratory scientist, section supervisor, and laboratory manager. He is the former Director of Clinical Laboratory Technology Program at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. He is currently a Program Director at MediaLab, Inc. Alex holds BS degrees in Biology and Medical Technology from Clark Atlanta University and a MBA from the University of Georgia.
 
Reviewer Information: Kevin McNeil, MBA-HCA, MLS(ASCP)CM received a Masters in Business Administration in Healthcare Administration in 2011 from South University in Atlanta, Georgia and his BS degree in Medical Laboratory Science from the Medical College of Georgia. He is currently a Senior Systems Analyst at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Kevin had been employed with Gwinnett since 2006, working as a generalist and previously as a Phlebotomy Supervisor. 
 

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