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๐Ÿ“Whole Blood Test Details
๐Ÿ“Whole Blood Test Details
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๐Ÿค” What Is a Whole Blood Test?

Blood is comprised of many components including red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. The base blood draw is the same for any phlebotomy test (whole blood, serum, plasma); the treatment of the sample post-collection is what makes a test a whole blood vs. serum vs. plasma test.

For a whole blood test, an anticoagulant is part of the collection tubes; a centrifuge is not required.

๐Ÿ“ How Do I Complete a Whole Blood Test?

This test requires a phlebotomist to complete the blood draw. Information is provided via email on your personalized instruction sheet. Click here for more details on scheduling a draw.

All phlebotomy tests require a blood draw by a phlebotomist. Draws can be completed in clinics or via mobile phlebotomists that can usually come to your home or place of work.

The phlebotomist will likely follow the general process documented:

  • Look at your veins (inside your elbow) to determine the best to use for the blood draw

  • Place a tourniquet on the arm that will be used for the blood draw

  • Clean the area in question with an alcohol pad

  • Use a needle to get blood; draw and fill the applicable tubes provided for each respective test

  • Place a bandaid where the needle was after the blood draw is complete

Detailed directions are provided in the kit. Phlebotomists should review these review them prior to the blood draw and leverage them to complete the draw!

๐Ÿคฏ What Should I Be Aware Of?

โคณ Preparing for my blood draw

  • Some tests will require fasting for patients prior to a blood draw - be sure to read your personalized cheat sheet instructions!

  • You cannot do this yourself! Phlebotomist options and information are provided via email on your personalized instruction sheet. Click here for more details on scheduling a draw!

๐Ÿ“ฌ Shipping my sample

  • Phlebotomy blood samples have an expiration date!!!

  • Read kit instructions and pay special attention to shipping requirements

  • Some labs provide specific days of the week for when samples should be drawn and shipped due to time sensitivity for sample viability

  • Prepaid shipping labels are included in all kits

  • Completed tests typically require a drop off at FedEx or UPS

  • We recommend going to an actual store location versus a drop box to avoid any complications around pick-up times for shipping

๐Ÿ’ช Will I feel bad?

  • Blood draws do require a needle - but blood draws typically don't take too long and a small amount of blood is taken

  • The typical amount of blood taken for a blood test is ~3ml, while a complete blood count (CBC) or complete metabolic panel (CMP) is 10ml. Keep in mind the average person has between 4,500 - 5,700 ml of blood ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Given the amount of blood taken in a blood test, most folks don't feel bad after the test. However, you know yourself best! Take whatever precautions feel right to you!

๐Ÿ‘€ What Should I Confirm With My Phlebotomist?

  • Are they able to draw to the specifications of the test?

  • Who will be shipping the samples back to the lab company?

  • What is the draw fee?

  • How do I pay?

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