Laboratory & Phlebotomy Services Questions and Answers
At Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology in West Bridgewater, we offer laboratory and phlebotomy services on site at 711 West Center Street, West Bridgewater, MA for your convenience and to fulfill your healthcare needs. For more information, call us or book an appointment online.
The field of healthcare reaches far beyond regular check ups or diagnosing symptoms, and provides invaluable laboratory services that help patients stay on top of their health and maintain a good quality of life. The past several decades have seen many advances in laboratory services, including the introduction of new services and the refinement and improvement of existing services. Phlebotomy services are considered lab services, and are often grouped under the moniker ‘bloodwork’. Phlebotomy services include drawing blood from a patient, or introducing a fluid intravenously.
What is Phlebotomy?
Phlebotomy is defined as the process of piercing a vein to draw blood or to introduce a fluid into the bloodstream (intravenous). It is typically performed with a needle to take blood from a vein, most commonly in the arm. Also referred to as a blood draw, phlebotomy is an important tool for diagnosing many medical conditions.
In most cases, the blood is sent to a laboratory for testing, but sometimes the blood is withdrawn as a treatment for certain medical conditions, known as therapeutic phlebotomy. There are many medical applications for blood drawing, including new therapies such as PRP (platelet-rich plasma).
What is the importance of phlebotomy?
Phlebotomists are trained medical technicians who specialize in drawing blood from patients and are a vital part of modern medicine. They draw uncontaminated blood for blood tests which remain a cornerstone of diagnostic medicine.
What services are offered at a medical laboratory?
Some laboratory services offered at Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology include:
- Glucose — A glucose test measures the levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood and is an important test for determining diabetes as well as risk factors for the condition.
- Urinalysis — A urine test, or urinalysis, is a diagnostic procedure that tests urine for certain diseases and conditions; it is also used in many types of drug screenings.
- Rapid Strep — Rapid strep tests test for an active strep throat infection with very quick result turnaround times.
- Rapid Influenza — Another rapid test that tests for influenza in a quick, easy in-office procedure.
- IFOB (Immunochemical Fecal Occult Blood) — Tests for blood in stool, which can indicate a serious medical condition.
We also offer the influenza vaccine annually.
What are the benefits of having an onsite laboratory and phlebotomy?
Onsite laboratory testing and screening services offer a convenient means for patients to obtain their test results as quickly and efficiently as possible. Laboratory services at walk-in and primary care clinics provide these major benefits for both patients and practices:
Prompt Diagnosis — Clinicians can diagnose or supervise a patient’s condition immediately when lab tests are performed onsite.
Improved Patient Engagement — Patients are more inclined towards being better engaged with their treatment when they obtain their test results during a clinical visit and view the results firsthand.
Timely Treatment Decisions — Practitioners can start or adjust a timely treatment course for a patient with a chronic medical condition when getting lab results onsite at a care location.
Faster Prognosis — Physicians can immediately direct a deteriorating medical case towards an emergency room or hospitalization with instantly accessible lab results onsite at a care location.
Behavioral Counseling Opportunities — For managing their chronic health problems and maintaining good health, patients who view their onsite lab results can get behavioral guidance from physicians including modifications to their lifestyle, nutrition and diet.
If you require lab services, including bloodwork, come to Bridgewater Primary Care & Cardiology today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced providers of lab services and can help you diagnose a number of different health conditions. Call us today at (508) 469-4626 to book an appointment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 711 W Center St, West Bridgewater, MA 02379. We look forward to serving you!
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