9911.20 Successful Strategies for Difficult Draws
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In partnership with the Center for Phlebotomy Education, Inc.

Description: Among the most challenging situations healthcare professionals are confronted with when drawing blood samples for laboratory testing include draws from geriatric, oncology, pediatric, neonatal, obese, cognitively impaired, and intensive-care patients. This presentation discusses strategies to successfully obtain blood under a wide variety of difficult circumstances.

Start date: Upon registration

Completion: Up to 52 weeks

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Implement strategies to successfully obtain blood samples from patients in whom venous access is limited;
  • Discuss ways to overcome the obstacles to drawing blood samples successfully in a variety of situational challenges;
  • Associate the best selection of equipment and technique with patients presenting difficult drawing circumstances.


Author: Dennis J. Ernst MT(ASCP), NCPT(NCCT)

Director Center for Phlebotomy Education, Inc.


PEP hours: 1.0

CPS credits: 0

*Note: PEP hours and/or CPS credits will only be awarded upon successful completion of the quiz.



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