Phlebotomy COVID-19 Process


Video length: 1 hour 4 minutes


This “Phlebotomy Webinar” will focus on the role of the phlebotomist and the changes needed to provide safe service to COVID-19 positive patients in different service areas (ED, ICU vs. general floors). Staff trainings, PPE preservation, and collaboration with nursing staff to minimize entry to rooms will also be discussed.


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Martha Yiglletu
Assistant Supervisor
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe changes to blood draw processes to minimize the need to enter COVID-19 rooms.
  • Discuss staff trainings in modified droplet protections, fit testing, and proper use of N95/PAPR and face shields.
  • Review the unique needs of the different service areas to address the PPE preservation and collection process.
  • Identify the adaptations that need to be integrated into the blood collection process to facilitate collaboration between nursing and phlebotomy staff.

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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