Phlebotomy Essentials

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-02-14
  • Publisher: LWW
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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins is pleased to introduce the newest edition of our leading textbook Phlebotomy Essentials, a book created for all who want to correctly and safely practice phlebotomy. This new edition continues the LWW focus on providing accurate, up-to-date, and practical instruction in phlebotomy procedures and techniques, grounded by a comprehensive background in phlebotomy theory. Key additions include updated information on the latest CLSI guidelines, new media to accompany each chapter, more color photos, and the addition of terms to align the text with the International Standards Organization (ISO).

Written to be highly accessible to students at all levels, and comprehensive enough for practicing phlebotomists, this text is complemented by a robust ancillary suite to help readers of all learning styles master the material. The online ancillaries, coupled with the text and available workbook and exam review book, help create a dynamic phlebotomy learning experience.

Author Biography

Ruth McCall received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and her medical technology certificate after a year’s internship at Saint Joseph’s School of Medical Technology in Phoenix, Arizona, and has worked or taught in the area of Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Health Care Education since 1969. Ruth recently retired as Director of the Phlebotomy and Clinical Laboratory Assistant Programs after 18 years of teaching in the Health, Wellness and Public Safety Department at Central New Mexico (CNM) Community College (formerly TVI Community College). While at CNM Ruth proposed creation of the Clinical Laboratory Assistant Program, was instrumental in its development, and was responsible for it becoming one of the first programs at CNM offered entirely through distance education. Ruth participated with science instructors from a local high school in a program that introduced the students to health careers and was the first CNM phlebotomy instructor to teach phlebotomy to high school students through concurrent enrollment. She has lectured on phlebotomy at conferences throughout the United States, served as an expert witness in phlebotomy injury cases, and especially enjoyed participating in a medical technology exchange trip to China. Most recently Ruth had the privilege of being a member of the CLSI Working Group on Venipuncture charged with the 6th revision of the H3 Venipuncture Standard, and the CLSI Working Group on Skin Puncture charged with the 6th revision of the H4 Capillary Puncture Standard.

Ruth loves the outdoors. She enjoys hiking in the beautiful southwest and downhill skiing in the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico. She has even tried her hand at paragliding. She has been married for over 40 years to her husband, John, and has two sons, Christopher and Scott. Christopher and his wife Tracy are parents of her fantastic grandchildren, Katie and Ryan.
Cathee Tankersley recently retired as Faculty Emeritus after 27 years of teaching at Phoenix College in the Health Enhancement Department. She has worked or taught in the area of Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Health Care Education since graduating from New Mexico State University in Medical Technology in 1964. Cathee has been active in many professional organizations since she became a medical technologist. She has served on many committees at the state and national level. While at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, she was the Director of the Medical Technology Program during her last two years at that facility. Her tenure at Phoenix College has been as Clinical Coordinator for the MLT Program, Director of the EKG and EEG Programs, and as the Phlebotomy Program Director from 1982 until 2006. While at PC, she established one of the first accredited phlebotomy programs in the United States. In 2000, she developed and directed the first and only college-based Law Enforcement Phlebotomy Program in the United States.
She served on the initial National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA) Phlebotomy Certification Committee as chair from 1983 to 1985. She was one of the original six members of the National Accrediting gency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) Approval Committee for Phlebotomy Programs in 1985. She went on to serve as the chair of that committee from 1993 to 1995. Since 1997 when she established her company, NuHealth Educators, LLC, she has been a health care educator and consultant for several organizations. She has served as an expert witness in the area of phlebotomy techniques and has lectured at numerous conferences across the United States.
Cathee continues to teach part time at Phoenix College in healthcare education and the Law Enforcement Phlebotomy (LEP) program. She works with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to maintain current curricular materials for law enforcement phlebotomy. Ruth and Cathee have collaborated for over 20 years on textbook writing and as presenters at natonal and state conferences.

Family is very important to Cathee. Her husband of 45 years, Earl; their  two children, Todd and Jaime; daughter-in-law, Chris; and two wonderful grandsons, Trevor and Connor, help her keep everything in perspective.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Phlebotomy and the Healthcare Setting

Chapter 2: Quality Assurance and Legal Issues

Chapter 3: Infection Control, Safety, First Aid and Personal Wellness


Chapter 4: Medical Terminology

Chapter 5: Human Anatomy and Physiology Review

Chapter 6: The Circulatory System


Chapter 7: Blood Collection Equipment, Additives, and Order of Draw

Chapter 8: Venipuncture Procedures

Chapter 9: Preanalytical Considerations

Chapter 10: Capillary Collection Equipment and Procedures


Chapter 11: Special Collections and Point-of-Care Testing

Chapter 12: Computers and Specimen Handling and Processing

Chapter 13: Nonblood Specimens and Tests

Chapter 14: Arterial Puncture Procedures

Appendix A Laboratory Tests
Appendix B Laboratory Mathematics
Appendix C Conversational Phrases in English and Spanish
Appendix D Work Restrictions for Healthcare Employees
Appendix E Answers to Study & Review Questions and Case Studies
Appendix F Tube Guides






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Accessible November 29, 2014
"Phlebotomy Essentials, 5th Edition, is the most recent textbook released by doctors Ruth E. McCall BS MT (ASCP) and Cathee M. Tankersley (MT ASCP). This book is fairly accessible for students learning about the practices and theories behind phlebotomy. It uses lots of full color photographs as well as other illustrations like graphs and charts which help readers learn more visually. The presentation of terms could be dense and difficult to understand, but the complementing online program was helpful for deconstructing and understanding parts of the book that were originally difficult to comprehend. Parts of the text were color-coded according to topic which was really helpful in studying for tests. All in all I would say this is a solid representation of a text book about phlebotomy."
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Perfect !!! March 12, 2011
I really don't have an opinion about the book because I purchased it for my daughter's college course. She says it's great and it has a lot of pictures and it has all the information she needs for her class. I can comment on the fact that it came within a timely frame and was in excellent condition when it arrived. I highly recommend the company for anyone who needs a book from them.
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