Good phlebotomy techniques

During phlebotomy procedures, the greatest concern is the safety of health workers and patients; therefore, guidance for staff on best practice is critical. Training on, and adherence to, the guidance presented here should substantially reduce the risks to both patients and staff, and will improve blood collection for laboratory tests and from blood donors.

Guidelines recommend best practices for all levels of health care where phlebotomy is practised. They extend the scope of the existing guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Safe Injection Global Network (SIGN), which is a WHO-hosted network. These existing guidelines are:

  • WHO Aide-memoire for a national strategy for the safe and appropriate use of injection
  • Best infection control practices for intradermal, subcutaneous, and intramuscular needle injections