The phlebotomist, formally known as phlebotomy technician, is an integral member of the medical laboratory team whose primary function is the collection of blood samples from patients by venipuncture or micro techniques. Besides blood collection, another main aim of the phlebotomist is to make possible the correct transportation of the laboratory specimens; moreover this health practitioner represents often the patient's only contact with the medical laboratory . This kind of healthcare professional is officially regulated only in few countries (e.g. U.S and Canada) . In many other countries the phlebotomist's activity is mainly performed by diverse health care professionals (e.g. nurses, assistant-nurses, clinical laboratory staff or physicians).
Citation: Lima-Oliveira G, Lippi G, Salvagno GL, Picheth G, Guidi GC (2014) Phlebotomist Labelling Primary Blood Tubes for Clinical Laboratory Tests: An Important Step to Medical Diagnostics. Medical Diagnostics 4:e111.