Medical Laboratory Aide: Phlebotomy Technician
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The health science program at Knott County Area Technology Center (ATC) focuses on student development, growth and transition in to the healthcare profession fields. Phlebotomy courses are being introduced at Knott County ATC as a new career pathway for students to become career ready. During the development of the phlebotomy course it was identified that specialized equipment would be required. The identified equipment will allow students to practice skills on inanimate objects and gain fundamental skills and confidence to be successful in the course. With grant funding, the Knott County ATC health science program intends to purchase durable phlebotomy equipment to address the gaps identified in course development. Equipment to be acquired includes manikin advanced injection phlebotomy training arms, order of draw poster and simulated blood. This equipment list was compiled by consulting with phlebotomists, other phlebotomy courses across the state and the Knott County ATC advisory committee. This equipment will allow students enrolled in the phlebotomy course to practice procedures related to intravenous access such as infection control procedures, proper bedside manner, proper tourniquet placement, successful venous access and proper use of phlebotomy equipment/supplies. This course project will begin September 7, 2018 with the equipment purchases made by September 21, 2018. The project period will continue through the life of the phlebotomy training aid equipment. This equipment will be utilized for phlebotomy students this semester and those to come. The outcome of this project will be evaluated based on the number of students that successfully complete the course and pass the licensure examination for phlebotomy technician. The success of the phlebotomy students will indeed be attributed to the use of the phlebotomy arms because this will allow the students to gain the necessary training in class that will carry them through to the clinical aspect and into their professional career.