If your doctor orders lab work, ask if you should fast before having the lab work done. Fasting is needed for some lab tests because certain test values change following the digestion of food. The measurements of blood sugar (glucose) and some blood lipids (cholesterol) are common examples.
• Do not eat or drink anything (except water) during the eight hours prior to having your blood drawn or other specimen taken. If your physician has ordered lipid tests, you must fast for at least 12 hours.
• Do not smoke, chew gum or exercise. These activities may stimulate the digestive system and alter test results.
• Continue to take prescription medications unless your physician tells you otherwise. Check with your physician about over-the-counter medications.
When it comes to diagnosis and treatment monitoring, accurate laboratory results are essential. At the Twin Cities Community Hospital Laboratory, our licensed clinical laboratory scientists and certified phlebotomists provide quick and accurate results that ensure you are given the treatment you need in a timely manner.
Common laboratory services include:
- Blood chemistry
- Therapeutic drug monitoring
- Urine analysis
Quick Draw Service
If you have a need for repeated use of our services, you can take advantage of our Quick Draw Service. This program enables you to skip the registration process on repeat visits and come directly to the lab for services. With the Quick Draw Service, you receive:
- A standing order valid for up to one year.
- A 24-hour hotline for specimen collection and testing information
- Beverage service, including coffee, bottled water and juices, and graham crackers for your enjoyment.
For questions or to find out more about our clinical laboratory services, call (805) 434-4501.