Phlebotomy Top Gun

Expires October 1, 2018


Length: 1 hour 6 minutes


This presentation was originally presented during Mayo Medical Laboratories’ 2016 Phlebotomy Conference. In this entertaining presentation, Brad Karon, M.D., Ph.D., presents a series of difficult cases in phlebotomy and then presents a review of available literature to make a recommendation on the best course of action for each case.


Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss incidence of venipuncture complications.
  • Outline the optimal time to draw labs after transfusion.
  • Justify limiting the practice of “drawing the rainbow.”

Intended Audience

This program is appropriate for clinicians, pathologists, medical technologists, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health staff.

Level of Instruction



Photo of Brad Karon, M.D.Brad Karon, M.D., Ph.D.
Division of Clinical Core Laboratory Services
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota



The following types of credit are offered for our Virtual Lecture programs:

State of California
State of Florida

To obtain credit:

  1. Watch the video.
  2. Complete the posttest and evaluation that launches immediately following the video.
  3. Generate and print your certificate.

For an instruction sheet that describes the process, see

Note: Participants requesting P.A.C.E.© credit, in compliance with ASCLS P.A.C.E. program requirements, must attain a score of 70% or higher on the posttest to obtain a certificate.

Mayo Medical Laboratories is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. This program has been approved for a maximum of 1.0 P.A.C.E® contact hours. Level of instruction for this program is intermediate.

Mayo Medical Laboratories is approved as a Continuing Education Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science for State of California and State of Florida credit. Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel has designated this program for General credit. The level of instruction for this program is intermediate. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.


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