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Recommended Books for Phlebotomists

It doesn’t matter if you’re still a student, a newly graduated phlebotomist, or a seasoned professional. There is always something new to learn about the field of phlebotomy – an exam to review for or a new piece of information to absorb. If you’re in the field, these are some of the books you should have in your arsenal.

phlebotomy essentialsPhlebotomy Essentials
by Ruth E. McCall and Cathee M. Tankersley

Phlebotomy Essentials is a must-have for anyone in the field, but is one I highly recommend for students who are studying for certification. This amazing book features tons of incredible, colorful images along with tons of information about the history of phlebotomy and current procedures. The book also discusses how and why tests are performed, safety, and the legalities involved with working in the field.

Phlebotomy Handbook: Blood Specimen Collection from Basic to Advanced
by Diana Garza and Kathleen Becan-McBride

Now in its 8th edition, the Phlebotomy Handbook is also considered a must-have in any phlebotomist’s library. The book spends quite a bit of time dealing with how different types of equipment are used during the specimen collection process, federal rules and regulations, and safety guidelines. This book is especially great for beginners because it also talks about getting certified and finding your first phlebotomy job.

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Phlebotomy Exam Review
by Ruth E. McCall and Cathee M. Tankersley

Another great by McCall and Tankersley, the Phlebotomy Exam Review guide is perfect for any student preparing for certification. The tips and sample questions are guaranteed to prepare you for your exam, no matter which of the 10 national certification bodies you end up going through. In many cases, your school will require you have this text. If they don’t, make sure you grab a copy anyway.

The Phlebotomy Textbook
by Susan Strasinger and Marjorie Di Lorenzo

Susan Strasinger and Marjorie Di Lorenzo are both experienced phlebotomists, making this guide a must-have as well. The uniqueness of this book lies not just in the knowledge given but in the manner in which it is presented. Every single rule, regulation, or explanation of protocol is explained with a “why” – ensuring students who understand the reason behind a rule are less likely to attempt to break it or forget about it later. It may not matter as much in some industries, but when dealing with hazardous materials the rules are an absolute must.

Modern Blood Banking & Transfusion Practices
by Denise Harmening

When most people think of phlebotomy, they think of having blood drawn for testing. Don’t forget, though, that those who take blood donations at blood banks are phlebotomists, too. The procedures used to collect blood for blood banks can vary greatly from those used for simple testing. This book will serve as a constant reminder, whether you choose to work in a bank or occasionally volunteer in one.

These are just a few of the amazing books available for phlebotomists. You’re bound to learn about others during your schooling and ask you talk to others in the field. Remember, continuing your education is paramount – whether you’re in a formal classroom setting or not.

 

These are just a few of the amazing books available for phlebotomists. You’re bound to learn about others during your schooling and ask you talk to others in the field. Remember, continuing your education is paramount – whether you’re in a formal classroom setting or not.

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