The act of obtaining a blood sample or administering a medication intravenously via needle and syringe is known as venipuncture or venupuncture. Many of the current fields of medical career require the practitioners to show great skills in obtaining blood samples from patients. That includes doctors, nurses, phlebotomists and paramedics. Learning how to properly perform the process is not difficult at all, but it does require medical training even for people who want to take shots on their own or give them to their close ones in a home setting.
Studying the technique
If you study to become a technician in phlebotomy, your training will cover the process of obtaining blood and giving medications intravenously. You should choose training for certification at a reputable vocational school, nursing school or community college. Technicians of phlebotomy are employed in laboratories of clinics, hospitals and different medical centers. They work primarily with those patients who require services of venupuncture. Most of the patients feel most comfortable with these technicians because they really know their job and know how to perform the slightly unpleasant procedure. Many of the patients are afraid of needles, so they require specifically for professionals in this field because they feel like they will be safer with them. However, you should know that if you decide to become a phlebotomy technician, you will be trained in blood analysis and diagnostic techniques as well as in administering shots and drawing blood. It is a broader medical field which allows you to have great career opportunities.
Classes for health professionals
If you already are a health professional, but you want to add some skill to the repertoire and you don’t feel comfortable with drawing blood or giving intravenous shots, you should definitely take a class for additional training of health professionals. You can obtain a certification if you attend training at a nursing college, vocational school or some non-profit medical associations like the NPA for example (the National Phlebotomy Association). Make sure to choose a program that will offer you both classroom and practical knowledge of venupuncture. You may also use the Internet as a source of knowledge. There are many instructional materials and online training programs which will allow you to learn the basis of this procedure. You can find those programs available at medical and health specialized bookstores and on the Internet.
If you practice medicine in any field, you are surely aware of the importance of independent knowledge. You have to rely on yourself and spend time and effort in additional education and obtaining skills if you want to be reputable and trusted, but also if you want to take your career to the next level. Every field of the medicine requires constant learning and upgrading. If you are not a professional of medicine, but want to draw blood or give shots at home, you can rely on books, online material or different multimedia like DVD’s for example. You can also take the NPA online exam if you want to make sure that you have the adequate knowledge that will allow you to perform those procedures.