- Not following phlebotomy procedures.
- Not following phlebotomy regulations.
- Patient or sample misidentification.
- Unacceptable site or vein selection.
- Excessive probing.
Failure to ensure patient's safety:
- Not returning bed rails to upright position.
- Discharging a patient too soon after fainting.
- Failure to confirm patient bleeding has stopped before discharge.
Improper use or nonuse of equipment:
- Forgetting to remove the tourniquet.
- Use of latex equipment when patient or staff has latex allergy
- Improper use or nonuse of required safety devices.
- Insufficient training of new phlebotomists.
- Insufficient or lack of training by employer on new equipment.
- Poor monitoring of new staff by employer.
- Lack of competency evaluations by employer, especially after implementation of new procedures.
- Failure by employer to provide PPE & safety equipment.
Breach of Confidentiality:
- Discussing patient's presence, test results or condition with others.
- Using employee access mechanisms to discover patient's condition.
- Releasing patient information to unauthorized persons.
Failure to Obtain Consent:
- Drawing of patient without consent.
- Drawing of minor without consent of parents.
- Excessive use of force to obtain consent.