7 rules to follow to properly prepare for a blood test

7 rules to follow to properly prepare for a blood test

For a blood test goes well, it is important to follow some basic tips

These tips apply regardless of where is done the blood test : at home, in the office , hospital , clinic or pharmacy. here is our Top 7 for your next medical examination is done safely :

1. Prepare the night before

 A blood it's very fast.  By following our advice, you will save time while taking care of your health.

A blood test is very fast. By following our advice, you will save time while taking care of your health.

The day before your appointment , prepare the following documents:

  • your RAMQ card,
  • your signed prescription ( by the doctor or the pharmacist ),
  • your means of payment (check, credit card , money ),
  • Also consider contacting your insurance to see if your care is covered .

Also, check whether you need to fast and if you have a urine test that accompanies your blood sample.Generally, this information is shown on your prescription. Typically, whether to be fasting , that is between 8 am and 12 pm , sometimes without taking alcohol 48 hours in advance .
2. Drink a lot of water!

Essential to the human body , water is the main constituent . Divided into two main compartments , intra and extracellular , water regulates cell volume , nutrients, waste disposal and thermoregulation. Dehydration can have serious health consequences , but also disrupt the blood tests .

If you are dehydrated or you have not been drinking the night before your blood test, your veins may atrophy . This can happen for several reasons: you do sport intensively , you ran all day or have had a fever without drink more water to compensate. Certain foods can also contribute to dehydration : coffee , tobacco, alcohol, tea and chocolate (sigh) . In case of dehydration, the blood is less fluid , it is possible that the veins are harder to find . Even if the nurse is your vein , blood flow may be insufficient to complete the necessary test tubes .

Whether you need to be fasting or not , water is still allowed so enjoy !

3. Do not urinate

In the morning we are not awake and has his habits . If you have a urine test , it is difficult to wake to remember not to go to the bathroom , it is against nature ! The problem is that we often think there just after and too late ! There if the nurse comes to you or if you go elsewhere for the urine test, it will become complicated or inconvenient. Will have to talk about this , drink plenty of water and wait (and therefore waste your precious time ) .

To avoid wasting your morning , here are some tips for the morning of your medical examination :

  • Put small sticky notes on the toilet lid with written NO!
  • Program a different alarm on your smartphone
  • Talking with your loved ones … to think they are with you!

4. Whether to be fasting …

Fasting between 8 or 12 hours before a blood test is often required depending on the balance sheet. Fasting means not eating or drinking anything but water from the meal the night before . It is not mandatory for all analyzes , but is highly recommended. Be fasting is mandatory when your prescription includes among others the following blood tests :

  • blood sugar
  • Cholesterol
  • triglycerides
  • homocysteine

To cite only the most frequent. So treat yourself and plan a good lunch just after collection.

5. Stay calm

Before a blood test , many worry either by fear of needles or by anticipation of pain . You get comfortable is part of the work of the nurse : she can guide you through the blood. Above all , breathe deeply and do not look at your arm at the time of the bite .

After the examination, vowed not get carried away by the stress of a serious illness. Buddy up to get the results or ask what you send the results by email.Some labs do automatically and a practitioner can call you for you comment on the results.

6. If you tend to faint easily

Blood tests are extremely common procedures . If you react to anxiety by vagal malaise (weakness, nausea , unconsciousness ) tell the nurse! It will lengthen you to promote blood circulation and provide for what you recuperate just after collection. After taking over blood, you will rise slowly without problems .

Having someone so close can also be very reassuring if possible , even better if you can your blood test at home !

7 . Contact the nurse

If you have a “favorite” arm , specify it to the nurse. Indeed , sometimes we have more facility with one arm over the other for various reasons. Note that this changes nothing to the nurse and she can make her intervention either on the 2 arms or on their hands if this is more convenient.
If you are very muscular , say from the appointment decision . Have big biceps or big arms requires a tourniquet ( the elastic tie on the nurse ‘s arm for promoting blood flow ) larger . Tell the nurse so she can take the proper equipment .

Finally, a blue at the bite location does not mean that the nurse did wrong collection. A fragile vein or blood more fluid can cause this type of hematoma. Do not panic, this is normal.

With these tips , your next blood test will be done without worry. And if you are looking for a personalized and efficient service , contact Medialpha (514) 312 9956 .

Author: Nathalie Pedro, @natounette – 2015

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