Course Title: Perform blood collection

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: ONPS5265C

Course Title: Perform blood collection

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3199 - Certificate III in Pathology

Course Contact : Catherine (Katie) Fox

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4129

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This unit should be assessed in conjunction with the following related competency unit:
HLTPAT308B Identify and respond to clinical risks associated with pathology
specimen collection.

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required for routine blood collection from a defined client group, and excludes complex blood collection techniques.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTPAT306B Perform blood collection


Greet client and apply pre-test criteria.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Correctly identify client
1.2 Obtain relevant personal and clinical information in accordance with organization policies and procedures.
1.3 Record relevant details in accordance with organization policies and procedures
1.4 Obtain consent to collection procedure from client


Perform post-blood collection procedures

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify appropriate method of collection is identified and follow correct procedures
2.2 Adopt standard and additional precautions as required.
2.3 Select correct equipment and blood collection tubes and place in order of draw to ensure the collection accords with test requested.
2.4 Follow organization procedures


Perform relevant routine blood collection procedure

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Follow infection control guidelines throughout procedure to minimize infection/cross infection
3.2 Adopt standard and additional precautions as required
3.3 Ensure client is correctly and comfortably positioned and appropriately prepared for the specific collection procedure
3.4 Seek assistance with procedure if required
3.5 Select appropriate collection site and blood collected using correct procedure and equipment

3.6 Observe client during procedure for potential adverse effects
3.7 Transfer correct volume of blood to the selected collection tubes in the set order of draw
3.8 Invert collection tubes within timeframe required and according to organization policies and procedures
3.9 Apply pressure to collection site for the required time following withdrawal of needle
3.10 Observe and dress blood collection site, and monitor client for adverse effects from the collection


Prepare for blood collection procedure

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Dispose of contaminated and general waste in accordance with infection control protocols and organization policies and procedures
4.2 Label blood collection tubes with time and date of collection, client details and other required information
4.3 Complete all necessary documentation and information transfer so samples can be advanced to further processing in accordance with organization procedures

4.4 Prepare collected samples for transit to further processing or are stored according to requirements of test(s).

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate competency in the knowledge and skills required for routine collection of blood specimens from a defined client group.

Details of Learning Activities

1.Teacher Lead activities
Using workplace scenarios, participate in supervised procedural practice in simulated and/or actual pathology collection facility, including:
Equipment gathering and assembly
Phlebotomy practice – training arm & real voluntary

Using a range of phlebotomy methods:
-needle & syringe
-butterfly methods
Capillary Blood Collection practice – finger puncture on volunteer

2.Student Centered Activities
Role playing OHS & Infection control procedures
Role play communication skills explaining procedure to patient/client
Simulate referral, daysheet,home visit and diary entry documentation in the simulated health centre (on-campus laboratory)

3. Participate in 2 week clinical practical placement OR where employed in Pathology Collection, participate in workplace job activities related to elements of this unit.

Teaching Schedule

Semester 1 & 2

As per timeable

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Warekois: A Phlebotomy Worktext


Mc Call,R & Tankersley,C (2003) Phlebotomy Essentials,3rd Ed. Philadelphia,USA: Lippincott,Williams & Wilkins Publishers
Per Perform Blood Collection course guide and Certificate III In Pathology Specimen Collection 2009 Program Handbook
RMIT Library –Pathology Specimen Collection Library resource folder

Other Resources

RMIT Learning Hub blackboard for this course

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on –

Written short answer tests on basic medical terminology, anatomy and physiology relevant to perform blood collection

Performance of elements of competence as designated for this unit to the required standard during one or more of the following:

- Simulated workplace scenarios
- Off-campus on the job workplace/practical placement

Assessment will be based on –
- Off the job on-campus classroom participation 


Assessment Tasks

1. Written short answer test on phlebotomy (performing blood collection) including
-.basic medical terminology related to phlebotomy
-common abbreviations for medical & pharmacological terms
-pre & post venepuncture precautions

2. Perform elements of competence as designated for this unit to the required standard during one or more of the following:
a. Simulated workplace scenarios
b. Workplace/Practical placement

Assessment Matrix

Written Assignment/short answer test
Observed –
a. On-campus in the simulated health setting
B.Off-campus on-the job.

Assessment of performance requirements in this unit to be observed on-campus in the simulated health setting and off-campus on-the job with questioning to address appropriate knowledge.

Case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice.

Using workplace scenarios, participate in supervised procedural practice in simulated and actual pathology collection facility

Other Information

At this level, work will normally be carried out within known routines,
methods and procedures which require the exercise of some discretion and

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