(a) A certification course in blood withdrawal for psychiatric technicians shall be taught by an instructor approved as provided in Section 2593.3; shall have a maximum of 15 students for each instructor for clinical experience; and shall be at least sixteen hours in length, including 10 hours theory and 6 hours clinical experience, including at least 5 individually supervised venipunctures on live human subjects and at least 3 individually supervised capillary blood withdrawals on live human subjects.
(1) The theory shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(A) The requirements contained in Section 4502.2 of the Code necessary for a psychiatric technician to perform blood withdrawal;
(B) Psychological preparation of the patient;
(C) Universal precautions for infection control;
(E) Anatomy and physiology pertinent to peripheral venous blood withdrawal.
1. Container and preservative selection;
2. Amount of specimen required;
3. Test requirements, including, but not limited to, acceptable time periods from specimen collection to laboratory processing, temperature requirements, and effect of container motion; and
4. Patient and specimen container identification techniques.
(G) Selection of appropriate equipment:
4. Needle (The term “needle” does not include the equipment, methods and procedures used outside of peripheral venous blood withdrawal.); and
5. Safety measures related to equipment.
(H) Methods of blood withdrawal:
1. Capillary blood withdrawal; and
3. Technique (including safety measures to protect patients and staff); and
(K) Universal and standard precautions for infection control.
(L) Possible complications.
(M) Psychological preparation of the patient.
(b) Blood withdrawal clinical experience must include:
(1) Preparation of equipment for blood withdrawal;
(3) Choice of withdrawal site;
(4) Choice of device for blood withdrawal;
(5) Techniques of venipuncture;
(6) Skin puncture practice must include instruction in:
(A) Preparation of site; and
(B) Preparation of equipment.
(7) Universal precautions for infection control.
Note: Authority cited: Section 4504, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 4502.2, Business and Professions Code.
1. New section filed 1-19-99; operative 1-19-99 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 99, No. 4).
2. Amendment filed 5-4-2007; operative 6-3-2007 (Register 2007, No. 18).
This database is current through 3/10/23 Register 2023, No. 10.
Cal. Admin. Code tit. 16, § 2593.2, 16 CA ADC § 2593.2