STEP 445: Understanding the Causative Issues of Pre-Analytic Hemolysis in the Health Care Setting (CE: 1.0)


This article discusses the various ways pre-analytic hemolysis can occur in a healthcare setting. Because it is poorly understood, reducing the occurrence of pre-analytic hemolysis of specimens drawn in the healthcare environment is a consistent nemesis that is experienced by healthcare personnel who routinely draw blood, but are not professional laboratory phlebotomists.


Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss methods of preventing pre-analytic hemolysis
  • Describe how to choose the proper site for blood withdraw
  • Describe collection procedures



Michael Shymko, AAS, RT, ARRT

Tina Shymko, RN, CCRP, CPEN, CCT


Launched: 2018