- Phlebotomy Training:
Padmashree Institute of Medical Lab Technology conducted a one day work shop on Phlebotomy Training on 29 th April, 2015. This work-shop consisted of lectures on the scientific principles and practice of phlebotomy. The session was handled by experienced faculty who made presentations on the theory and practice of phlebotomy. This was followed by a hands-on session wherein phlebotomists were given a orientation to the skills and activities related to sample collection/extraction in medical laboratories. Special emphasis was made regarding safety precautions and guidelines that phlebotomists need to inculcate into their routine work.
Course topics included:
- Role of phlebotomy in health care
- Equipment and materials used in phlebotomy
- Patient identification and preparation protocols –(The pre-pre examination phase)
- Preparation protocols before sample extraction such as labeling of appropriate collection tubes
- Steps involved in sample extraction
- Post-collection activities
- Preparation of samples for transport
- Preparation and practice of Finger-prick.
- Bio-safety issues including the risk of needle-stick injury
- CME on “QMS for Laboratories” training program in technical association with The Foundation for Quality, India on 03 rd May, 2015 at Dhanvantri Hall, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore. The CME was inaugurated by the Honorable Vice Chancellor Dr. K. S. Ravindranath.
TOPICS and SPEAKERS:
- “ Salient features of Medical Laboratory Quality Management System ” by Dr. Thuppil Venkatesh
- “ Importance of documentation” by Dr. C. V. Anand
- “ Internal Audit and its importance in Quality Improvement ” by Dr. N. Jayaram
- “ Competence and evaluation ” by Dr. Usha Anand
- “ Importance and methods of Risk Evaluation” by Dr. C. V. Anand
- “Method verification and validation and measurement of uncertainities” by Dr. Prasad Sawant
Topics for discussion covered:
- Education & training programs
- New Technologies, New opportunities & New skills
- Practice issues
- Personnel standards
The topic was “Pre Analytical Variables” which was dealt under following headings - Patient Identification, Patient Preparation, Selecting the Site, Site Preparation, Tourniquet Application and Time, Order of Draw for Multiple Tube Collections, Proper Tube Mixing, Correct Specimen Volume, Centrifugation, Proper Tube Handling, Trouble shooting, Specimen Processing, Healthcare Workers Safety Measures and Disease Etiology.
In order to maintain competence in the light of the ever changing technological advances in the field of medicine, it becomes absolutely essential for the professionals to fine tune their knowledge.
Topics discussed were -
- Pre-examination variables
- Risk identification, management and mitigation
- Analytical goals in the clinical laboratory
- ILQA results interpretation
- Common non-conformances in the clinical laboratory