WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A BLOOD TEST
In most cases, you will not have to prepare in any way prior to your blood test. This is why walk-ins are generally acceptable. If your test does require any additional preparation, such as fasting for a certain amount of time prior to the test, your doctor will give you these instructions before you arrive.
When you arrive at our lab, your technician will have you sit or lie down and then make a fist with your hand. At this point, the person taking your blood will tie a small band, called a tourniquet, around your upper arm to help make the veins more visible and make it easier to insert the needle into the correct spot.
Patients may feel a small pinch or sting when the needle is inserted. This is normal and is not a cause for concern. The needle will be attached to a small tube that connects to a test tube or bag for the blood to flow into. If you’re having blood drawn for tests, you may need to fill one or more test tubes. This entire process should only take a few minutes.
Once the lab has enough of a sample, the nurse or technician will remove the needle from your arm, release the tourniquet and provide you with a bandage for the affected area. You may be asked to press down gently on the spot with gauze for a few minutes until the bleeding fully stops. This bandage may be worn for up to a few hours to ensure the spot is no longer bleeding.
For more information about Washington Health Institute’s partnership with LabCorp or our on-site phlebotomy services, call our office at 202-525-5175 or schedule an appointment online.