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Blood tests save countless lives each day. Patients in hospitals and doctors’ offices are diagnosed by using these valuable tools. In clinical laboratories and larger hospitals, specialists called phlebotomists expertly draw blood and run the tests. Phlebotomists prepare blood samples, follow careful instructions in performing manual tests and operate automatic analyzers. They rely on analytical judgment and the ability to work under pressure, paying close attention to crucial changes in color or numerical readouts. The job usually requires an associate's degree or a certificate from hospital, vocational, technical or armed services training. Small labs may work normal business hours; larger facilities, various types of shifts. Phlebotomists spend a great deal of time on their feet. Some go to patients’ homes or hospital beds to collect blood. Phlebotomists have the satisfaction of knowing that each day they are helping patients and perhaps even saving lives.


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