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Phlebotomy Handbook: Blood Specimen Collection from Basic to Advanced is a comprehensive book covering blood and specimen collection. It provides today's health care professionals with the latest safety guidelines; condensed information about new federal regulations; updates on equipment and supplies; new NCCLS standards and hazard prevention techniques; competencies important in the workplace; strategies for the certification process and securing a job; and extensive coverage on transcultural communication skills for all ages. Aside from its updated technical and procedural information, this edition is easy-to-read in a step-by-step format. New features to this edition are: Action and Practice presents an additional case study with questions to test your critical thinking skills; Check Yourself presents a brief description of a procedure to be performed along with questions to test your knowledge of the requirements and steps to perform to complete the procedure; and Competency Checklists provide a list of competencies you should master relevant to the chapter content and NAACLS competencies.
Diana Garza received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, followed by an additional year to complete her Medical Technology requirements at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her interest in laboratory sciences and in teaching led her to earn a Masters in Science Education at the Peabody School of Vanderbilt University. She worked at Vanderbilt Medical Center in the Microbiology Department while a graduate student. A move back to her home state of Texas led her to a collaborative graduate program with Baylor College of Medicine at the University of Houston, and resulted in her Doctorate of Education in Allied Health Education and Administration, all the while she worked in the Microbiology Laboratory at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC). Her laboratory and teaching experience continued at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and for many years at MDACC, where she later became the Administrative Director of the Division of Laboratory Medicine. While in Houston, Drs Garza and Becan-McBride were involved in numerous courses for technologists, nurses, and physicians to teach phlebotomy techniques. As young faculty members, they began to develop curriculum materials for their own use and in 1984, collaborated in publishing one of the first comprehensive textbooks focused solely on phlebotomy pracitices. Their successful coauthoring partnership has endured for over 2 decades. In 1990, Dr Garza joined the faculty of Texas Woman’s University-Houston Center, where she taught internet-based quality improvement courses and became editor of several journals and continuing education publications. She has taught extensively, been a reviewer/inspector in many regulatory processes, participated in accreditation procedures, and authored, edited, and published numerous manuscripts in the field of phlebotomy, health care, and quality management. She currently sits on numerous health care advisory boards, nationwide committees, consults with companies and organizations, and continues her writing and editorial pursuits, mostly in the field of phlebotomy.