About the Course
This experiential VR training and assessment is designed to help learners acquire the necessary skills for phlebotomy.
In this VR training program, you will practice your skills to perform routine venipuncture using evacuated tubes, syringes and winged infusion sets. You will also practice the capillary collection method. You will be provided with equipment including needles, tubes, lancets, blood collection devices and other materials to ensure that identifying vein location is easy, the puncture site is kept clean, things are correctly labeled and that the puncture site is bandaged correctly. The primary purpose of phlebotomy is to diagnose or monitor treatment a patient’s condition. This combination of highly developed and rigorously tested procedures and equipment are designed to ensure the safety and comfort of a patient, while simultaneously maintaining integrity of the samples.
This interactive phlebotomy VR course takes place in a realistic, zero-risk virtual environment where learners can use physics-based interactions to practice the procedure on a virtual patient. In training mode, the step-by-step guides enable a scaffolded learning experience, while the assessment mode provides the user with immediate feedback as mistakes are made. The user can only pass the assessment if the entire procedure is performed in the correct sequence without mistakes. Learner performance can be tracked through an advanced analytics portal, empowering administrators to manage compliance, identify areas for improvement, and gain a deeper understanding of their learners.
- Ability to perform key phlebotomy procedures
- Understanding the different types of phlebotomy procedures
Routine Venipuncture with a Syringe
Venipuncture with a syringe is required for patients with fragile veins, as the strong vacuum of the evacuated tube may collapse the vein. This VR training is designed to help learners practice the procedure of drawing blood with the help of a syringe, then transferring the blood to an evacuated tube using a needle-free blood transfer device. A tourniquet as well as bandaging material for the puncture site are also required for this procedure. To support effective learning, this training features a simulated, physics-based injection mechanism to provide immersive haptic feedback.
Venipuncture using ETS
The goal of this VR training is to complete a blood collection procedure in a safe and efficient manner using the evacuated tube system, after a test request is received from the provider. Blood collection with an Evacuated Tube System includes a tourniquet, vacuum tubes, a double-sided safety needle and a needle holder. In this VR training, the learner will use all required equipment to perform the standard procedure of preparing the patient, cleaning the puncture site, locating the puncture vein, preparing the Evacuated Tube System (ETS) and collecting a blood sample from the virtual patient’s body.
Venipuncture with a Winged Infusion Set
A butterfly needle is used to access a vein for drawing blood or administering medication. Some medical professionals refer to a butterfly needle as a “winged infusion set” or a “scalp vein set.” The set gets its name from the plastic wing-like structures on either sides of the needle used to access the vein. The set features a small gauge needle which is ideal for drawing blood from very small and fragile veins, like those on the back of the hand. A butterfly, or winged infusion draw, can be completed using either an evacuated tube system (ETS) or syringe and transfer device. In this VR training program, learners will practice the procedure to collect a blood sample from a virtual patient using the ETS by first preparing the winged infusion set, then inserting it in the vein of the virtual patient.
Capillary collection (skin puncture or dermal puncture) is the preferred method for collecting blood samples from new-borns and infants, as well as for ancillary blood glucose testing. A phlebotomist must be familiar and well-versed with the capillary collection method, including its uses, advantages, and limitations. A capillary collection procedure involves puncture equipment with a trigger that must be pressed to create a puncture in the skin to collect a sample. The sample is collected in micro-containers called bullets, which come is multiple sizes. In this VR training, learners will clean a puncture site, draw blood using a puncture device, and transfer the sample to a collection container.