There are many different tests that can be performed using blood samples. Many health care professionals also include tests on urine in the same grouping as blood testing, since by-products in urine similarly reveal much about a patient’s health. Some of the more common tests that can be completed through blood and urine include:
Typically, blood tests draw from a vein inside the patient’s elbow or on the back of the wrist. A tourniquet prevents blood from flowing out of the arm, filling the veins, and making it easier for the technician to find a good collection point. The sample point is disinfected with an alcohol wipe and the technician inserts a needle into the vein. This needle may be connected to a syringe or directly to collection bottles. The needle may cause a pinching sensation, but many patients don’t feel any pain. Very occasionally, patients experience an ache or bruising in the area after testing, but bleeding should be minimal.
Some tests require fasting for a certain time period prior to the test. Others require several samples taken over a period of time. Also, a special needle may be used so that there’s no need for re-insertion each time. If a test requires only a small sample, fingertips or earlobes may be used.
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