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WHO guidelines on drawing blood : best practices in phlebotomy
  • Published Date:
    2010
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF - 2.64 MB]


Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    Safe Injection Global Network. ; World Health Organization. ; National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (U.S.). Global AIDS Program.
  • Funding:
    CDC-RFA-CI09-903
  • Document Type:
  • Description:
    Phlebotomy uses large, hollow needles to remove blood specimens for lab testing or blood donation. Each step in the process carries risks - both for patients and health workers. Patients may be bruised. Health workers may receive needle-stick injuries. Both can become infected with bloodborne organisms such as hepatitis B, HIV, syphilis or malaria. Moreover, each step affects the quality of the specimen and the diagnosis. A contaminated specimen will produce a misdiagnosis. Clerical errors can prove fatal. The new WHO guidelines provide recommended steps for safe phlebotomy and reiterate accepted principles for drawing, collecting blood and transporting blood to laboratories/blood banks.

    Development of this publication was supported by Cooperative Agreement CDC-RFA-CI09-903 from: the Department of Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, United States of America (USA); the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Global AIDS Program (GAP).

    ISBN 978 92 4 159922 1

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