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Preparing for Your Blood Draw

by | Dec 23, 2023 | Uncategorized

Facing a blood draw, especially for the first time, can be daunting. However, knowing how to prepare for a blood draw can significantly ease the process.

At  ARCpoint Labs of Omaha, we’re here to guide you every step of the way, providing professional, compassionate, and thorough services that cater to your unique needs.

How to prep for blood work: the basics

Preparation is key in any medical procedure, and blood draws are no different. Here’s what you need to know about how to prep for blood work:

  1. Follow doctor’s orders: If your doctor has ordered specific tests, they may provide instructions about whether you need to fast or make any other special preparations. Always follow these instructions carefully.
  1. Hydrate well: Hydration can make veins more accessible, which can make the blood draw process smoother and quicker. Unless instructed otherwise, drink plenty of water before your test.
  1. Wear appropriate clothing: Consider wearing a short-sleeved shirt or a shirt with sleeves that can easily be rolled up to facilitate access to your arms.

Pro tips for a smoother blood draw

With a little forethought, you can make the experience much more comfortable. Here are a few tips for a blood draw that can ease the process:

  1. Relax: Try to remain calm and composed before and during the blood draw. Anxiety can make veins harder to locate and can also make the experience less pleasant for you.
  1. Communicate: Don’t hesitate to share your concerns or ask any questions. If you have a history of feeling faint or unwell during blood draws, let the phlebotomist know beforehand.
  1. Look away: If the sight of needles or blood makes you uncomfortable, it’s perfectly fine to look in another direction during the blood draw.

What to do before blood tests: the day of the procedure

On the day of the procedure, here are a few steps you can take:

  1. Stay hydrated: Continue to drink water unless you’ve been told to fast and avoid water as well.
  1. Eat well (if allowed): If you’re not required to fast, have a good meal before your blood draw. This can help prevent you from feeling lightheaded.
  1. Avoid strenuous activity: High-intensity exercise can potentially affect certain blood test results. It’s recommended to avoid strenuous activity before your blood draw.
  1. Arrive on time: This will ensure you have a few minutes to relax before the procedure begins.
  1. Follow post-procedure care guidelines: After the blood draw, make sure to keep the bandage on for at least a few hours to prevent any bruising. If you’re feeling lightheaded, take a few moments to rest before you get up. Remember to have a snack and hydrate well post-procedure, especially if you must fast before the blood draw. Also, refrain from any strenuous activity for the rest of the day to let your body recover.

Your trusted partner for blood work: ARCpoint Labs of Omaha

At ARCpoint Labs of Omaha, we understand that blood work can be a source of stress for many. That’s why we prioritize a compassionate, professional approach, taking the time to answer your questions and address your concerns. When you come to us for your blood tests, you can expect a seamless experience from start to finish, with our dedicated team guiding you throughout the process.

Our comprehensive range of services is designed to cater to your unique health and wellness needs. With our wealth of expertise and patient-first approach, you can be confident in our ability to deliver accurate results and exceptional care.

If you’re due for blood work and want to ensure a smooth, stress-free experience, contact us today at ARCpoint Labs of Omaha.

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