Phlebotomy Cycle Time Related to Phlebotomist Experience and/or Hospital Location

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Abstract

Background:

Little information is available regarding expected phlebotomy cycle time (total time needed to draw a blood specimen) in inpatient settings. Examining this variable in 4 hospitals in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, we determined the distribution of phlebotomy cycle times and compared this by hospital and by phlebotomist experience.

Methods:

Between April 2014 and August 2014, we observed phlebotomy timing at 4 adult acute care hospital locations. Phlebotomists were stratified into 3 experience levels: 0 to 2 years, 2 to 5 years, and more than 5 years. We observed a total of 110 different phlebotomists.

Results:

We observed no statistical difference between experience levels (P = .07) or hospital location (P = .44) on mean phlebotomy cycle time.

Conclusions:

The mean (SD) phlebotomy cycle time was 259 (52) seconds per patient for normal phlebotomy procedures. If expected minimum and maximum phlebotomy times are defined as mean +/- 2 SD, the expected cycle time range is 196 to 404 seconds.

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