Course Description: This course is intended to make participants will be more knowledgeable about the  venipuncture procedure and special procedures for drawing blood.

Instructor: Toni Malpass RN, MSN

Target Audience: Licensed Nurses and other healthcare providers 

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Define bloodborne pathogens and modes of transmission

  • Identify Personal Protective Equipment and its’ use
  • Describe workplace practice and Engineering Controls
  • List equipment needed for a routine venipuncture.
  • Explain how to properly identify a client/patient.
  • Explain the importance of post-puncture site care.
  • Explain the rationale for drawing blood below an IV site.
  • State  the proper orientation of the bevel for venipuncture.
  • Explain the importance of positioning a client properly for venipuncture.
  • List the major steps involved in a venipuncture.
  • Describe how to approach a client for venipuncture.
  • State situations in which capillary collections are advantageous.
  • State some of the possible causes for errors in capillary sample collection.
  • Describe how blood flow can be safely and effectively enhanced when performing a capillary collection.
  • List acceptable sites for obtaining a capillary sample.
  • List supplies needed for this type collection.
  • State the steps for collecting a capillary sample.
  • Describe collection containers/devices for capillary collections.
  • List disadvantages of capillary sticks.

Length of Course:  60 minutes of online lecture 

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, attendees will receive 1.0 contact hour

AHEC Credit: This educational offering provides 0.1 CEU (1.0 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test, and complete the evaluation

Once you pass the post-test, and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

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