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Blood Sampling (Online)

Blood Sampling builds on foundational knowledge presented in PHS' IV Basics course. Completion of IV Basics is strongly recommended before taking this course.

This interactive, narrated online course focuses on general blood sampling concepts and various methods of blood collection, with an emphasis on the home care patient. In addition, extra information is added for blood sampling for the pediatric patient. Topics include

  • Blood sample labeling and lab requisitions
  • Blood collection tube selection
  • Special handling of blood samples
  • Capillary (fingerstick, heelstick) blood collection techniques
  • Central venous access device blood collection techniques
  • Peripheral vein selection and distension
  • Peripheral venipuncture techniques
  • Appropriate blood collection equipment selection
  • Troubleshooting and potential complications

A maximum of 2.5 contact hours can be awarded to online class participants, depending on the number of courses taken within this curriculum.

This course meets the CE requirements for nurses in the state of Minnesota. We are currently working to get this course approved nationally. If you don't live in Minnesota, or are not a nurse, you are responsible to ensure this course meets your requirements.

An optional in-classroom lab for hands-on time is available. The optional lab takes place at Pediatric Home Service in Roseville, Minnesota. Two contact hours will be awarded to participants in the classroom lab. NOTE: This is not a competency. Each employer is responsible for ensuring their staff’s competency.

Objectives: Upon completion of the course the participant will be able to

  1. Identify the key pieces of information required on a lab requisition and blood collection tube label.
  2. Discuss the different color-coded blood collection tubes and their uses.
  3. Identify the proper order for filling blood collection tubes.
  4. Discuss the proper way to transport blood samples to the laboratory.
  5. Identify the appropriate site for fingerstick and heelstick blood sampling.
  6. Discuss methods for safely collecting capillary blood without damaging blood cells.
  7. Discuss the advantages and potential risks of collecting blood from a central line.
  8. Identify the purpose of collecting a waste volume of blood.
  9. Discuss the appropriate method of flushing the central line when collecting a blood sample.
  10. Identify appropriate sites for peripheral venous access for the adult and pediatric population.
  11. Discuss three techniques that facilitate venous distension.
  12. Identify two keys to success for peripheral venipuncture.
  13. Discuss troubleshooting techniques that can be utilized during needle insertion.
  14. Differentiate between the direct method and the syringe method of blood collection, and discuss clinical applications of both.
  15. Describe the process of accessing a peripheral vein and collecting a blood sample.

Course authors: Jean Stumpf, BSN, CRNI and Jill Wall, BSN, CRNI

Price: $60