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Collecting Blood Specimens

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The Collecting Blood Specimens course explains the correct procedures for patient identification, specimen collection and labelling.

It is designed for specimen collectors, phlebotomists and venepuncture staff whose main role is collecting pre-transfusion blood samples.

It is a stand-alone course which is Module 2 of the Clinical Transfusion Practice course. If your role involves prescribing a transfusion, administering blood and monitoring patients during and after a transfusion, it is recommended that you complete the Clinical Transfusion Practice course.

Learning module

This course contains one module – Pre-transfusion samples.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • explain why correct patient identification is important when collecting blood specimens
  • demonstrate the correct procedure for identifying a patient
  • correctly label a pretransfusion specimen and complete the necessary forms
  • identify the risks associated with not following the correct procedure.

This course takes on average 30 minutes to complete.

Course Details

Endorsement & CPD

BloodSafe eLearning Australia seeks endorsement and allocation of CPD points for courses from medical, nursing and midwifery colleges, societies and healthcare organisations. Further information on professional organisations and CPD points is provided below.


ANZSBT Logo June 05 Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion (ANZSBT) 
International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT)
ARCBS lscape 2010 Australian Red Cross Blood Service
Victorian Blood Matter Logo Oct 11_BM-001 Blood Matters Program, Victoria
Bloodsafe South Australian BloodSafe Program
Bloodwatch Blood Watch Program, Clinical Excellence Commission, NSW
Queensland Health

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

NMBoard_web Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
Under continuing professional development (CPD) standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia one hour of active learning equals one hour of CPD. User evaluation of the Collecting Blood Specimens course demonstrates that on average it takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Therefore it is recommended that 30 minutes be recorded for the purpose of self-directed CPD.
Other Professions and Medical Specialties
User evaluation of the Collecting Blood Specimens course demonstrates that on average it takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Therefore it is recommended that 30 minutes be recorded for the purpose of CPD.



There is an online assessment of six multiple choice questions at the end of the course.

A minimum grade of 66% (four out of six questions correct) is required to complete the course.

A certificate will be automatically emailed to your registered email address after you have successfully

completed the course assessment.

If you don’t pass a course assessment, you can redo it as many times as you need. It is recommended

you revisit the learning content because the assessment questions may change for each attempt.

You must complete the assessment for this course within three months. If not, then the assessment will need to be commenced again.

You can see a summary of the courses and modules you have successfully completed in My Certificates

or via the Course certificates link on the My courses page.

Development Team

Project Manager

David Peterson

Medical Editor

Dr Amanda Thomson

Project Lead

Louise English and Amanda Catherwood

Peer Review Group

Thanks to Dr Jacoba Von Wielligh, Adrienne Wynne, Amanda Catherwood, Angie Monk and the wider group of health professionals who provided evaluation and feedback during the development process.

Subject Matter Experts

Trudi Verrall
David Peterson
Susan Ogley

Expert Interviews

Thanks to Associate Professor Erica Wood, Dr Ellen Maxwell, Associate Professor Craig French, Dr Bev Quested, Susan Rishworth, Linley Bielby, Trish Roberts, Helen Stathopoulos, Adrienne Wynne, Dawn Richardson, Angie Monk and Sarah Owen for their willingness to contribute to this program.
Others Involved in Clinical Videos:
Nurses: Danielle Boyd-Turner, Fiona Duffus, Angela Cavallaro and Susan Ogley
Medical Staff: Dr Amanda Thomson
Patient (Catherine Thomson): Kari Bienert
Hospital Porter/Courier: Adam Jones
Presenter: Michelle Nightingale
Patient (George Purcell) – PJ Oaten
Extras: Martin Verrall, Elizabeth Hetzel, Kathryn Dordoy, Louise English, Bethany Samuel and David Mackenzie

Educational Design

Wendy Kennedy

Production Team

Production Studio: Digital Media Unit, Centre for Education and Training, Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Adelaide, South Australia.
Interactive design and development: Chris Faulkner, Peter Bailes
Editor: Helen Snoswell
Graphic Design: Kristin Stone and Laura Michelmore
Photography: Chris Sprod
Video Production: Ian Bone and Greg Opie
Content editor and quality assurance: Helen Snoswell
Learning Management System: Brightcookie Pty Ltd


Funding for BloodSafe eLearning Australia has been provided by all Australian Governments via the National Blood Authority.

Case Studies

Case studies used in this eLearning program are based on real cases reported in Australia and overseas. In order to protect the identity of those involved patient names, demographic information and other details have been changed.