Phlebotomy Safety Requirements

Operational- While there are no specific guidelines from OSHA regarding the re-use of tourniquets, single use non-latex tourniquets are currently recommended for phlebotomy use and should be disposed of after each venipuncture. These tourniquets reduce cross contamination between patients and health care workers. If a tourniquet is soiled with blood, it should not be cleaned for re-use.

Discarding Inoperable Instrumentation

Operational- When discarding lab instrumentation that becomes inoperable you must take into account local disposal requirements for biohazard materials. The analyzer must be decontaminated per the manufacturers guidelines and any sharp objects or parts removed. Once this step has been completed, contact your local biohazard waste disposal facility to see if the instrument can be placed in a dumpster or if there are other disposal requirements.


Quest Diagnostics Moves to Convenient Nonfasting Cholesterol Testing with Improved Method for Assessing Heart Disease Risk and Aiding Treatment Decisions

Quest – SECAUCUS, N.J.Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, today announced that all of the company’s cholesterol test services that involve estimates of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) now use a novel calculation shown to improve the accuracy of testing for levels of LDL-C, a key marker of risk of cardiovascular disease. (Read More)