Ethical Issues in Phlebotomy


Video length: 58 minutes


This presentation will discuss ethical issues frequently faced by phlebotomists. It will include common scenarios and address both the clinical and legal ramifications of these scenarios.


Image of Sharon Zehe, J.D., Legal Counsel, Mayo ClinicSharon Zehe, J.D.
Legal Counsel
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Image of Randy GruhlkeRandy Gruhlke
Education Program Director
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Learning Objectives

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

  • Give an overview of ethical issues in phlebotomy.
  • Discuss common ethical scenarios faced by phlebotomists.
  • Identify clinical and legal ramifications.

Intended Audience

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

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.


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