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WHO guidelines on drawing blood : best practices in phlebotomy

Author(s):
Dhingra, Neelam, author
Safe Injection Global Network, issuing body
World Health Organization, issuing body
Title(s):
WHO guidelines on drawing blood : best practices in phlebotomy / technical authors and main reviewers, Neelam Dhingra [and 16 others].
Country of Publication:
Switzerland
Publisher:
Geneva, Switzerland : Safe Injection Global Network, World Health Organization, [2010]
Description:
1 online resource (1 PDF file (xv, 109 pages)) : illustrations
Language:
English
ISBN:
9789241599221
Electronic Links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK138650/
Summary:
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.
MeSH:
Needlestick Injuries/prevention & control
Phlebotomy/standards*
Safety Management/standards
Publication Type(s):
Practice Guideline
Notes:
Title from PDF title page.
Includes bibliographical references.
Issued also in print.
Description based on version viewed: Dec. 5, 2013.
NLM ID:
101611991 [Book]

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