Legal Updates in Phlebotomy


Video length: 62 minutes, 42 seconds


This presentation will provide an update of litigation trends affecting phlebotomists. It will include a basic overview of the factors required for a successful malpractice claim and offer advice for phlebotomists to avoid lawsuits.


Sharon Zehe, J.D.
Legal Counsel
Mayo Clinic

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe an overview of medical malpractice litigation.
  • Discuss current litigation trends with phlebotomy.
  • Identify tips to avoid claims.

Intended Audience

This series is appropriate for phlebotomists, phlebotomy managers, phlebotomy educators, and other patient care staff involved in specimen collection.

Level of instruction


Faculty Disclosure

Course director(s), planning committee, faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place. Faculty members also will disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentations. Disclosure of this information will be published in course materials so those participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentations.

National Physician Payment Transparency Program

Mayo Medical Laboratories is not an applicable manufacturer or applicable group purchasing organization (GPO). (GPOs, per the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and this program do not trigger any reporting requirements pursuant to Open Payments[Sunshine Act] legislation.)

Note: No credit is offered for this Phlebotomy presentation.

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