The Science of the Sequence: Understanding the Order of Draw (CE: 0.5)


The order of draw is a procedural standard which must be followed by every healthcare professional who draws blood. Following the order helps prevent cross-contamination, leading to more accurate patient test results. This course discusses the proper order of draw for both venipuncture and capillary draws, the rationale behind the order, and tips for remembering the order on-the-job.


Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the purpose and significance of the order of draw on patient test results
  • Name common blood collection tubes and the additives and stopper colors associated with those tubes
  • State the appropriate order of draw for venipuncture and capillary blood collections
  • List strategies for remembering the order of draw


Jeff Lavender, MT


 Launched: 2022