Features and Benefits


Up-to-date, basic standards of safe, effective blood collection

  • Students learn the communication, clinical, technical, and safety skills that any health care worker will use in the practice of phlebotomy and other specimen collection procedures.
  • Step-by-step technical procedures are presented throughout the text, illustrations, colorful photographs, and flowcharts.
  • Updated - The chapter featuring new equipment (Chapter 6) emphasizes the most updated and comprehensive safety features of phlebotomy supplies and equipment, with new images from key manufacturers in the industry.
  • Updated - Students learn current industry standards of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI), World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), risk and error reduction, patient and worker safety, needlestick prevention, and The Joint Commission.

Guidance in specific procedures and skills

  • Expanded - This edition includes expanded sections on vein selection and preparation, as well as on venipuncture complications (preanalytical errors) and methods to avoid them.
  • New - A new appendix advises users on the acceptable blood volumes to withdraw from pediatric and neonatal patients.
  • Updated - An updated medical terminology section, along with a glossary, helps students use the field’s specialized terminology in practice.
  • Clinical alert symbols indicate where extra caution is needed to prevent preanalytical errors, or highlight circumstances that may harm patients or health care workers.
Practical applications and engaging visuals
  • NAACLS competencies are linked to the chapter covering the pertinent information and to the level of coverage (basic or intermediate). More advanced content is available in Phlebotomy Handbook, 10th Edition.
  • New - This edition includes many new images, figures, and charts, such as detailed anatomical figures depicting the relationship of blood vessels to nerves in the arm and hand, and photos of new phlebotomy technology, equipment, and supplies.
  • Each chapter ends with study questions, problem-solving cases, and competency assessments to encourage engagement and critical thinking.
  • An Advocating Patient Safety section on preventable errors and risk reduction includes a short commentary or case analysis with discussion questions related to the patient’s safety.