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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This is a compilation of multiple choice exam questions on phlebotomy practice.
Purpose: This is a study guide for phlebotomists about to take a written national examination for phlebotomy certification.
Audience: This book would be useful for phlebotomists in training, phlebotomists ready to take a written national examination for phlebotomy certification, phlebotomy instructors/trainers, and experienced phlebotomists for use in review and continuing education.
Features: The book contains nine chapters that nicely cover the broad scope of phlebotomy practice, ranging from anatomy and various aspects of specimen collection to the role of the phlebotomist in the healthcare setting and interpersonal skills. The questions are nicely presented, with answers adjacent to the questions. An unusual but extraordinarily useful feature is the explanation for why certain multiple choice answers are wrong. The only minor quibble I personally had with this book is that I wanted more text to detail the background information on which the reader is being quizzed. For example, there were multiple questions regarding different steps in the JCAHO "10-step process;" but there was no explanation or rationale presented for the entire JCAHO process. The book title, however, clearly implies that the contents consist solely of review questions and lists sufficient references in each chapter for the interested reader.
Assessment: I think this book would be very useful for phlebotomists preparing for the national certification examinations. I will certainly include it in the reference and study materials available to my phlebotomists.