July 18, 2022
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a blood test is worth a thousand more. Blood tests provide a detailed picture of your overall health, how your organs are functioning, if you have a balanced diet, if your metabolism is healthy, and so much more.
A blood test can also serve as a tool to identify medical conditions early on so you can start treatment early and potentially save your life. That’s why healthcare providers include blood tests as part of your annual healthcare and wellness screen. There are several blood tests your doctor may recommend that provide different insights into your body and how it’s functioning.
Here are a few of the common blood tests and what they measure:
If your doctor recommends a blood test, a convenient solution is to have a mobile phlebotomist come directly to your home with Getlabs. However, there are some important steps you need to take before the Getlabs specialist arrives to ensure accurate results and a pleasant and comfortable experience. Here’s what you should do before you take a blood test and what to do after it’s done.
Your doctor will likely provide you with a few instructions on how to prepare for a blood draw. These are meant to ensure the blood draw not only runs smoothly, but also provides accurate results and leaves you with as little discomfort as possible. Here are a few suggestions:
All of our Getlabs specialists are committed to providing a friendly and professional service. When they arrive they will introduce themselves, show you their official identification, and ask permission to enter your home. Your specialist will respect your privacy and personal space and take care to maintain cleanliness and professionalism throughout the visit.
Before drawing your blood, the specialist will confirm your identification and ask you a few questions about your general health and blood test preparation. They will also make sure that you are sitting comfortably in a chair with armrests or have you lie down for the procedure.
Your specialist will examine your arms and select the most appropriate vein. Typically, this is on your inner forearm where your veins can be seen clearly. They will then clean your arm with an antibacterial wipe at the site where blood will be drawn.
Your specialist will then tie a tourniquet around your upper arm. This will make it easier to find the veins in your arm. If it’s uncomfortable, don’t worry, the test only lasts a few minutes. Once they’ve identified the vein, your specialist will then take a needle with a test tube attached and insert it into your vein. Depending on the amount of blood needed for the tests, another tube may be attached.
Once the sample has been taken, the needle will be removed. Your specialist will ask you to apply pressure to the puncture site momentarily. After observing the puncture site for bleeding, they will apply a bandage to the puncture site.
Once your blood sample has been taken, it is labeled and sent to the laboratory to be tested. Routine lab test results are typically returned to your physician within 5 business days. Specialized laboratory tests can take up to 7 days.
Once your healthcare provider has received your results, you will get a call with the results. If necessary, your healthcare provider will ask you to make an appointment to discuss your results.
After having your blood drawn, you should relax and follow these instructions to ensure that you do not experience any undue discomfort or after-effects:
You may notice slight bruising and minor tenderness at the site of the blood draw. However, if you experience any of the following, you should talk to your healthcare provider:
Blood tests are an important part of any routine healthcare or wellness check and provide valuable insight into your overall health and well being. That’s why it’s important to follow the above instructions to ensure your results are accurate and there is no unnecessary discomfort during your blood test.
Having your blood test taken by a Getlabs specialist means you can relax in the comfort of your home. With over 5,000 different lab tests available, you can book a nearby phlebotomist for many of the tests your doctor may recommend.
If you have questions about how it works, go to getlabs.com/faqs to learn more.
This page is provided for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute the provision of medical advice or professional services. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, and those seeking personal medical advice regarding any of the tests and conditions referenced above are advised to consult with a licensed clinician. Always seek the advice of your qualified health provider regarding a medical condition and do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of any information on this page. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call 911 or go to the nearest urgent care center or hospital.
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