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The Story of Phlebotomy: A Historical Perspective (Online CE Course)

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Authors: Garland E. Pendergraph, PhD, JD, MLS(ASCP)SM, HCLD/CC(ABB) and M. Gail Stotler, BSN, RN
Reviewer: Alexandru Casapu, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, PBT(ASCP)CM

This course will take the reader through the journey of phlebotomy from the ancient times to today. The course covers the importance of bloodletting in the ancient world and the middle ages and describes some of the instruments and techniques used. The authors present how modern science and safety awareness has transformed phlebotomy in the last couple of centuries as well as discuss what the future may present for the field.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1 hour(s)
Course number 578-035-19, approved through 10/15/2021
Course number 20-743990, approved through 9/1/2020

Objectives

  • Identify the origin and basic elements of the term phlebotomy.
  • Recall the importance of bloodletting in the ancient world.
  • Describe the early bloodletting devices and their importance in the ancient world and the middle ages.
  • Outline the reasons why bloodletting fell out of favor in the modern age.
  • List the major improvements to blood collection devices and procedures that came about in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Additional Information

Level of Instruction:  Basic
 
Intended Audience: Phlebotomists, Medical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, and technicians. This course is also appropriate for medical laboratory science students and pathology residents.
 
Course Information: This course will take the reader through the journey of phlebotomy from the ancient times to today. The course covers the importance of bloodletting in the ancient world and the middle ages and describes some of the instruments and techniques used. The authors present how modern science and safety awareness has transformed phlebotomy in the last couple of centuries as well as discuss what the future may present for the field. 
 
Author information: Garland E. Pendergraph, PhD, JD, MLS(ASCP)SM, HCLD/CC(ABB) received his MSPH from the University of Kentucky, his PhD in medical parasitology/entomology and mycology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and his law degree with a concentration in health care law from Concord Law School, Purdue University. He also did a Fellowship in Tropical Medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He is the author of a textbook in phlebotomy, a number of scientific articles, plus internet training programs. He is licensed as a laboratory director in the State of Georgia.
 
Author Information: M. Gail Stotler, BSN, RN received her BA in biology and her BS in Nursing from St. Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri. Following her BA in biology she did graduate studies in anatomy at SLU. Ms. Stotler has several publications on phlebotomy. Presently she is CEO the company The Nurses Station where she is the lead instructor in vein access technologies. She is a licensed RN in the states of Missouri and Illinois.
 
Reviewer Information: Alexandru Casapu, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, PBT(ASCP)CM has over 20 years of experience as a medical laboratory scientist, section supervisor, and laboratory manager. He is the former Director of Clinical Laboratory Technology and Phlebotomy Programs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. He is currently a Program Director at MediaLab, Inc. Alexandru holds BS degrees in Biology and Medical Technology from Clark Atlanta University and an MBA from the University of Georgia.

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Barber-Surgeons at work


Blood letting machine


Cupping


Barber pole


Galen (129-200) CE


The four humors relation to the four elements


Folding aluminum fleam


Physician letting blood from a patient - France late 13th Century