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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a comprehensive book on phlebotomy procedures. The previous edition was published in 2004.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an updated book devoted to phlebotomy procedures.
Audience: It is designed for students in phlebotomy training programs. It is also intended to be an asset for medical laboratory technician, medical assistant, and/or nursing students. It is also meant to be useful to practicing phlebotomists or those no longer practicing but who want an update and refresher for their knowledge and skills.
Features: This 234-page book is deceptively slim considering the considerable resources it contains. It is exactly what is says it is — a book of phlebotomy procedures - and 14 chapters cover everything from basic anatomy to regulatory requirements for phlebotomists. New to this edition is the structured format of each chapter, beginning with learning objectives, key words, critical thinking cases, and safety summary boxes. Relatively unique to phlebotomy books for the U.S. audience is an appendix of commonly used Spanish phrases, complete with phonetic pronunciation guides. Excellent color pictures abound. I especially liked the critical thinking cases and the very accessible language. There is also an online tie-in where additional teaching materials can be found, such as practice exams. Of note, these online practice exams have an unlimited number of tries, so the nervous phlebotomist-to-be can practice away all anxieties before taking the official exam. This book ranks equal to other excellent phlebotomy textbooks (e.g., Complete Textbook of Phlebotomy, 4th edition, Hoeltke (Delmar Cengage Learning, 2012), Phlebotomy Essentials, 5th edition, McCall and Tankersley (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012), or Applied Phlebotomy, Ernst (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005)).
Assessment: This comprehensive phlebotomy book would be a great asset for students in any healthcare field requiring phlebotomy skills.