Phlebotomy Training in Manila
Phlebotomy is a medical process of making an incision in a vein to collect blood for diagnosis, donating blood, transfusion, bloodletting (the ancient medical practice of withdrawing quantities of blood from a person for curing or preventing an illness or disease) or even for research. Phlebotomy is usually conducted by nurses in a hospital institution however, some countries only require a licensed or registered phlebotomy technician to do the task.
The practice of Phlebotomy is a critical process that requires certain expertise and skill. Since Phlebotomy is performed by nurses, knowledge, education and training for Phlebotomy is conventionally incorporated of a standard nursing curriculum. Aside from conducting the same from a dummy during training, most Filipino nurses undergo hands on practice of the process during their practicum.
With the prevalence of nursing schools in the Philippines that offer a fully integrated and comprehensive nursing degrees, Phlebotomy is nor usually offered as a separate, independent and distinct training program or subject. To learn Phlebotomy, one should be enrolled in a nursing course or any other related degree. The Philippine Red Cross is one of the major institutions in which learning Phlebotomy is a necessity. It is also where most nursing graduates and practitioners are given an opportunity for a hands on experience on the process.
While the organization provides training to volunteer nurses, it doesn’t offer a formal phlebotomy training program through which outsiders can learn and get a certificate to qualify as Phlebotomy technician.
However, Phlebotomy training is offered as a Non-Degree Certificate Course in TESDA. One of the few TESDA Accredited trainors is the Philippine Women’s University and the Healthcare Training & Career Consultants, Inc.
The training program usually constitutes of subjects about the role, state requirements, legal and ethical issues of the phlebotomy practice as well as knowledge of human anatomy and physiology especially the circulatory pathway and anatomical structures of the blood plus the procedures, performance skills, and collection techniques, handling, documentation and trouble-shooting for Phlebotomy. It would be advisable to directly contact TESDA to inquire for other TESDA accredited training institutions and schedules. Another way to get training is to contact the Philippine Society of Phlebotomists, which among others sponsors and conducts specialized Phlebotomy training.