When Green is the Color of Blood

Published February 21, 2015

When Green is the Color of Blood

Growing up, I have always been afraid of that needle which the doctor used to point at me. Little did I know, as a child, that the physician meant me no harm, and that it was all just a mere procedure to make me all well again? So many years have passed and the fear still persists.

However, now it doesn’t bother me much as I know the gist behind this intimidating task. Now it is alright since I can understand and relate to the good eyes hiding behind the needle. Now I know that if one has to understand the gravity of my condition or a disease I am suffering from, poking a needle in me and taking a little blood is inevitable.

Have you ever wondered who that person is? Who is the person behind the needle who comes with a goodwill face and yet pinches that little thing with a devilish conviction in you? There is a generic term for him/her. You guessed right – a phlebotomist. In many other countries this job is performed many times by doctors, nurses and lab scientists themselves.

About Phlebotomy

The process of making a surgical cut in a vein using a needle is known as Phlebotomy. This procedure is also more popular as Venipuncture. The blood that is drawn from the patient is then passed up for medical testing. In other cases, the blood is often used for transfusions, donations and research. A Phlebotomist is a well-trained person. They obtain their credentials for CPT or Certified Phlebotomy Technician and can start their career in this lucrative medical field.

The training path that a Phlebotomist chooses might vary owing to the numerous ways one could achieve CPT. These career paths range from doing jobs as Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Medical Assistants, Licensed Practice Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurses.

Job Duties

Phlebotomists work in different kinds of settings, often for sample work, but they often work at events like Red Cross blood drives. CPTs are also utilized while performing patient interviews. In order to check for vital signs in a patient too, CPTs come into the picture.

Annual Salary

A Phlebotomist makes an average of $30k annually. In the year of 2013, CPTs made a median salary of $30,150. The highest paid people in the profession have reached $43,190 that very year and the lowest figures ran down to $21,760. The annual salary of a CPT is predicted to go up by 15% in this very decade. It has started to become a promising job for aspiring students.

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