July 18, 2022
There are plenty of reasons to love mobile phlebotomy; it’s convenient, affordable, and accessible to pretty much anyone. Especially now, as healthcare consumers lean towards more control over when and where they receive care, mobile phlebotomy offers the perfect solution. But mobile phlebotomy is doing much more than just making healthcare more accessible - it’s also improving patient outcomes in several ways.
Below are some of the specific ways that mobile phlebotomy is improving patient outcomes and how accessible lab work is resulting in healthier patients.
From reliable transportation, time-consuming commutes, to finding responsible childcare options, there are plenty of obstacles that can interfere with receiving care. All these challenges can make patients less likely to make an appointment or seek lab work. Mobile phlebotomists remove these barriers by coming directly to the patient. This makes care more accessible and increases the likelihood that patients will follow through with lab work or treatment plans.
One of the biggest priorities for doctors and the medical community alike is keeping patients safe from exposure to other infections when visiting a hospital or point-of-care facility. Unfortunately, the CDC estimates that one in 25 patients in U.S. hospitals is dealing with a hospital-acquired infection on a given day. By moving traditional in-person visits to an at-home setting, the risk of exposing patients to infectious diseases is reduced to nearly zero.
This is especially beneficial for patients with compromised immune systems or elderly patients, who are most at risk of an infection seriously impacting their health.
The COVID-19 pandemic increased awareness around the importance of minimizing the spread of infections to others. Solutions like wearing masks, social distancing, and periods of quarantining all served to prevent amplifying the virus. However, sick people still need to receive care and lab work, but visiting a doctor’s office or clinic puts other patients at risk and places unnecessary strain on an already sick patient.
Rather than sitting at home without medical attention, mobile phlebotomists come directly to the patient. This ensures the patients can continue to rest and receive care, without putting others at risk.
Plenty of medical conditions and treatments require frequent blood and lab work. Especially if a patient is in the recovery process or managing a chronic condition. Similar to removing barriers for treatment, mobile phlebotomists make it easier for these frequent touch points and ensure patients are adhering to any medication or recovery plan.
It’s also easier to make adjustments to recovery plans or update medication. With more frequent lab work, it’s easier to identify abnormalities or concerning results sooner and make any necessary adjustments quickly.
Healthcare is personal. Regardless of what medical condition or reason for receiving a blood draw, oftentimes, patients want privacy and confidentiality while they navigate health concerns or receive treatment. Unfortunately, waiting rooms and lab testing facilities are very public settings. This may deter some patients from wanting to visit or maintain routine blood work.
Mobile phlebotomists provide more privacy and confidentiality for those who want it. Increased privacy is a strong motivator for many patients to continue seeking treatment and lab work and improve the likelihood of a positive outcome.
The convenience, affordability, and access mobile phlebotomy provides makes it easier for patients to be engaged with their health, resulting in better patient outcomes. As patients continue to choose the more convenient options for care, the demand for mobile phlebotomy will only continue to increase.
Getlabs provides the perfect solution for patients who prefer to take blood tests in the comfort of their homes. If you want to learn more about Getlabs, visit www.getlabs.com/faq to learn more.
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