Blood Work in West Bridgewater, MA
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what is blood work?
Also called phlebotomy, a blood draw or blood work is a procedure for laboratory testing in which a needle is used to collect blood from a vein to help diagnose certain blood disorders or other conditions and diseases. Most blood draws do not require any special preparations, but you might need to fast for several hours before blood is drawn. Our laboratory team at Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology will let you know if there are any special instructions to follow for your blood test. Blood draws are performed with the highest safety measures, including thorough handwashing for the phlebotomist, sterile gloves and equipment, and disinfection with 70% alcohol. Used needles are placed into a designated puncture-resistant bin for disposal. Our medical providers typically request the following blood tests from patients:
- A complete blood count (CBC)
- Comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP)
- Lipid panel
- Hormone panel
- Thyroid panel
To learn more about phlebotomy and what your blood can reveal about your health, set up an appointment at our West Bridgewater, MA practice today.
What to Expect from blood work
Our phlebotomist usually draws blood from the median cubital vein in your arm where the elbow bends because the vein is easy to see and puncture. However, for some patients, this vein may be difficult to draw blood from, but there are alternate veins that can be considered for the blood draw. Once a vein in your arm has been found, the technician will tie a wide elastic band or tourniquet a few inches above the vein, making the vein more prominent.
Next, your skin will be wiped with an alcohol swab to clean the area where the needle will go in. The puncture from the needle will feel like a little pinch. Blood flows through the needle into a thin plastic tube for storage until the blood is ready for testing. When the needle is released from your arm, you might feel a little pinch again. Pressure is applied at the puncture site before it is covered with a bandage.
Our on-site laboratory performs testing and screening services, providing patients with a convenient opportunity to get their tests completed quickly.
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Drawing blood allows us to perform a wide range of laboratory analyses to diagnose a variety of health concerns. Blood work is important in monitoring your health, but it doesn’t have to be difficult or unpleasant. Please ask for assistance if you have needle or blood anxieties. If you need blood work done, please get in touch with our team at Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology in West Bridgewater, MA to schedule an appointment.