Venipuncture & Phlebotomy Course
A Basic Course in Phlebotomy, Injection, and IV Techniques
This is an illustrated, hands-on, self-paced, online course to be used with The Apprentice Doctor® Venipuncture Training Kit which includes all the instruments and items needed.
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A basic understanding of general human (or veterinary) anatomy and physiology, especially the cardiovascular system, is required in order to understand and safely apply the techniques that the student will learn.
Every “simple” venipuncture procedure is, in essence, a minor surgical procedure governed by the basic principles of surgery:
- Have a comprehensive understanding of basic medical sciences, especially anatomy and physiology of the relevant areas and systems.
- Follow the basic principles of sterility and asepsis, including the use of barrier techniques.
- Take a medical history and interpret this information to modify your treatment plan.
- Use good lighting.
- Respect life and bodily tissues.
- Perform the procedure in a humane and professional manner.
- Anticipate the possibility of complications and deal with them promptly and effectively.
The Apprentice Doctor® Venipuncture Phlebotomy and IV Skills Course and Kit are not intended to be used as a substitute for clinical training. Instead, The Apprentice Doctor® offers a firm foundation so students can successfully master the initial learning curve in a non-clinical setting before confidently entering the clinical situation.
The Apprentice Doctor® Venipuncture Course and Kit consist of:
- The Online Apprentice Doctor® Venipuncture Course
- The Apprentice Doctor® Venipuncture Kit with a Venipuncture Trainer, as well as a variety of medical items for completing all the practical projects.
Who Should Enroll In This Course?
- Medical students
- Pre-medical students
- Paramedics and EMT students
- Nursing students
- Phlebotomy students
- Dental students
- Veterinary students
- Surgery interns/registrars
- Advanced first aid practitioners
- Military medics
- High school students interested in a career in medicine (guidance required)
- Practicing healthcare professionals who would like to improve their venipuncture skills
+-60 Hours (including practical projects).
The Future Doctors Academy recommends that the student not rush through the course (not more than 3 hours per day) to allow for consolidation of the information. The course could be done in less than a week with full-time study; however, it is recommended that you not rush and instead allow the information to consolidate in your mind.
From the date of enrollment, you have 12 weeks to complete the course, failing which you will need to re-enroll.
Furthermore we recommend that you briefly review the previous day’s work before continuing each day. This will also consolidate the knowledge in your mind.
— Register with Future Doctors Academy
— Enroll in Course
— Simulation Kit (optional but recommended to complete the practical projects and practice the techniques you learn)
Click here to order your Apprentice Doctor® Venipuncture Kit.
Equivalent to thirty shadowing hours
— IMPORTANT: If you are NOT a part of the Envision Experience and you wish to receive formal certification there is a $29 accreditation fee payable. This certification is valid for two years but the certificate will remain a valuable addition to any job or academic application long after.
– The Apprentice Doctor® Venipuncture Course is intended as supporting training material to supplement formally registered and accredited phlebotomy, paramedic, medical, dental, and veterinary courses. In itself, this course does not qualify one as a phlebotomist or any other type of medical professional.
– Without a formal medical qualification you may open yourself to medicolegal litigation if applying these techniques on the public.
– The surgical gloves contain latex. We do supply latex-free gloves as an alternative on request.
– The course and kit is suitable for students 16 years of age and older. Adult supervision is recommended for students below the age of 18 years.
First Things First
The Apprentice Doctor® Venipuncture Kit
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Preparation
- Case Study 2: Contracting one of the Most Feared Diseases in the World Today
- Short Notes on Medical History
- Project 2 – Take a Medical History
- Patient Information
- Short Notes on Aseptic Technique
- Project 3A – A Technique for Proper Handwashing
- Project 3B Cleaning Hands with an Antiseptic Rub
- Project 3C How to Don (Put on) Clean Gloves
- Project 3D – How to Safely Remove Used Gloves
- Project 3E – Don Sterile Gloves
- Project 3F – Remove Contaminated Gloves
- Patient Positioning
- Project 4A – How to Apply a Tourniquet (Disposable)
- Project 4B – How to Apply a Tournistrip® Tourniquet
- Project 4C – How to Apply a Tourniquet (Reusable)
- Project 4D – How to Apply a Tourniquet (Blood Pressure Cuff)
- Project 5A – Identify the Veins of the Upper Extremity
- Project 5B – Identify the Veins of the Lower Extremity
- Project 5C – Other Important Veins (Face, Neck, and Chest)
- Project 5D – Map the Valves in Veins
- Blood Safety Instructions
- Project 6A Prepare to Administer an Injection
- Project 6B – How to Prepare a Puncture Site Aseptically (Routine Venipuncture)
- Project 6C – How to Prepare a Puncture Site Aseptically (Collecting Blood for Blood Culture)
- Project 6D – How to Prepare a Puncture Site Aseptically (Collecting Blood from Blood Donor)
- Quiz 2
Section 3: Collecting Blood
- Case Study 3: My Life Changed Drastically in a Split Second
- Capillary Blood Collection Using a Lancet
- Project 7A – Draw Capillary Blood: Adult
- Project 7B – Draw Capillary Blood: Baby
- Project 8 – How to Give a Subcutaneous Injection
- Project 9 – How to Give an Intramuscular Injection
- Project 10A – Set up the Venipuncture Trainer for Phlebotomy
- Project 10B – Set up the Venipuncture Trainer for IV Projects
- Project 10C – Set up the Venipuncture Trainer for Arterial Blood
- Taking Care of the Venipuncture Trainer
- Refilling the IV Fluid Bag
- Therapeutic Phlebotomy (Bloodletting)
- Project 11A – Draw Venous Blood Using a Vacuum Tube
- Project 11B – Draw Venous Blood Using a Syringe and Needle
- Project 11C – Draw Blood Using a Butterfly Needle
- Cutting Down a Vein
- Project 11D – How to Start an IV Line
- Project 11E – How to Remove the IV Line
- Special Groups of Patients
- Aids to Assist the Clinician
- Project 12A – Identify the Body’s Pulse Points
- Project 12B – Perform a Modified Allen’s Test
- Project 12C – Draw Arterial Blood
- Blood Transfusions, Blood Type (Blood Groups), and Agglutination
- Blood donations
- Project 13 – Donating Blood
- Quiz 3
Section 5 - Complications
- Case study 5: A “Routine” Venipuncture Case
- Vasovagal Response and Vasovagal Syncope
- Allergic Responses
- Needle Penetration Through the Vein
- Needle/Cannula in the Tissue
- Tissue Infiltration (Extravasation)
- Cannula/Catheter Blocked (Occluded)
- Catheter-Related Infections
- Intra-Arterial Position of Needle/Cannula During Phlebotomy
- Inadvertent Intra-Arterial Injection of Medication Instead of Intravenous Injection
- Clinical Differentiation Between Arteries and Veins
- Septic Thrombus
- Deep Vein Thrombosus (DVT)
- Air Embolism
- Local Tissue Damage
- Nerve Damage
- Needlestick Injuries
- Quiz 5
Section 6 - Conclusion