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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathleen M Woodruff, DNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a comprehensive resource on the basics of phlebotomy techniques and principles. The authors use a variety of features to convey information such as illustrations, pictures, sidebars, and ease studies.
Purpose: The authors are attempting to present the basics of phlebotomy with the goal of teaching techniques and principles that will translate into improved quality of care for patients and improved safety for healthcare providers. The authors are aiming to decrease injuries to patients, to decrease accidental needle sticks to healthcare providers, and to decrease poor quality specimens that lead to inaccurate patient results.
Audience: This book is written for nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare providers who may be called upon to handle phlebotomy responsibilities in either inpatient or outpatient healthcare settings. The authors attempt to address an audience with very diverse educational and employment backgrounds; this creates a book that often omits or overemphasizes the learning requirements of a portion of the intended readership.
Features: The book is written in a very logical format, walking readers through a variety of potential procedures. It is very explicit, covering all aspects of the topic from verifying the patient's identification, through collecting supplies, choosing an appropriate site for specimen collection, and the proper handling/labeling of the specimen. Interesting case studies are provided to enhance learning. The authors provide very useful Helpful Hints in boxed areas.
Assessment: This is a useful tool for healthcare providers requiring comprehensive instruction on phlebotomy. It is an extremely readable resource covering many topics with clear and accurate information. There are many appendixes that provide excellent information and resources. The current references also provide excellent additional resources for readers wanting to explore the topic further.