Phlebotomy Training Philippines
Phlebotomy is the science of drawing blood from the human body, which is a critical and common medical procedure in hospitals for diagnosis of diseases, conducting transfusions, facilitating blood donations, and a variety of other clinical applications.
A profession in Phlebotomy i.e. Phlebotomy technician or Phlebotomist is one of the most common in demand health professions which does not necessarily require a health degree in most countries. This would normally only require a certificate from a duly accredited training institution.
In the Philippines, a course or class in Phlebotomy is typically integrated in the nurse curriculum. On the other hand, hands on practice is given to nursing students in Phlebotomy during their on the job training, which also form part of their practicum. Thus, Phlebotomy programs and trainings are not usually provided as a separate training course or program.
However, there are also certain clinical training centers that offer Phlebotomy certification training such as Maxis Healthcare and the Healthcare Training & Career Consultants, Inc. The Philippine Women’s University School of Continuing Education also offers Non-Degree Certificate Course Certificate in Phlebotomy, NC II. The training usually lasts for a month and the school has branches across the Philippines such as in Baguio, Bataan, Calamba, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Cebu, Pampanga, Quezon City, Sta. Cruz, Laguna, Surigao City and Tarlac to make the program available across the nation. Other interested for training can opt to contact the Philippine Emergency Medical First Responders Inc. (PEMFRI), which also has contact where to find training opportunities for Phlebotomy
The Phlebotomy program includes a historical overview of the profession, role and job description, Health and Safety procedures, Anatomy and Physiology of The Arm, Blood Circulation, Veins and Arteries, Types of Needles, Infection Control, application of Tourniquet and Risk Management.
The Philippine Red Cross is also another institution that provides Phlebotomy training to its employees. While it does not necessarily offer certificates, it is also the place where most nursing graduates and practitioners are given an opportunity for a hands on experience on the process by simply becoming a volunteer in the organization. And the experience that one gets in the Red Cross which is an internationally recognized organization is usually sufficient as a certificate of one competence and experience.