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Best Phlebotomy Practices June 28, 2012

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June 2012 

Best Phlebotomy Practices: A Nurse’s and a Technician’s Perspective

Presenters: Christina Anderson, RN, BSN, HP (ASCP) & Patty Wales, RN, BSN, & Nellie Sessions AT (ASCP)

Christina Anderson is a registered nurse and hemapheresis practitioner. She has been involved in apheresis for 25 years, and her experience includes both donor and therapeutic apheresis, and cellular therapy. In the past, Chrissy has worked for hospitals, blood centers, and for industry, and is a former president of ASFA. She currently serves as Director of Clinical Apheresis at Carter BloodCare in Dallas.

Patricia Kellen-Wales, is a registered nurse. She has been in nursing for 31 years, including 10 years working on the Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit at UT Southwestern, 3 years on the IV team serving Baylor University Hospital, and 6 years as an Apheresis Nurse at Carter BloodCare.

Nellie Session has worked in blood collections for Carter BloodCare for over 24 years, including serving as Donor Center Supervisor for 15 years, and as an Apheresis Technician for 7 years in the Clinical Apheresis Department, performing cellular therapy collections and therapeutic apheresis. Nellie is among the few in the United States to be certified as an Apheresis Technician by the ASCP.

Educational Objectives:

At the end of the webinar, the participants should be able to:

1. Identify various techniques to assist with locating peripheral veins suitable for apheresis procedures
2. Identify at least 3 risk factors for poor venous access
3. Describe 3 methods of increasing vein selection for apheresis procedures
4. Describe at least 2 troubleshooting measures when venous access problems are encountered