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Julie Smith is a recently certified phlebotomist who has been working at Northwood Hospital for several months. As she approaches room 825, she looks at her collection list to verify this is the correct room for her first collection. Julie enters the room to find a middle-aged man who appears to be sleeping. Julie approaches the patient and says, "Good day Mr. Ready. My name is Julie and I am from the lab. I need to draw blood for some tests ordered by your doctor." The man awakens and Julie again states that she is from the lab and needs to draw blood for some tests ordered by the doctor. The patient tells Julie to go ahead and get it done so he can go back to sleep. Julie then proceeds with the venipuncture.

What procedure did Julie not follow prior to performing the venipuncture?

Please select the single best answer