Preparation for Blood Draw
Welcome and thank you for choosing Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center for your blood work. Our phlebotomists and entire hospital staff are dedicated to providing highly skilled and compassionate care for you and your family. We understand that you may be apprehensive about your blood work. We hope the following information will be helpful to you.
Conemaugh Health System has many convenient locations that are staffed and equipped to handle routine blood work. A physician order is required for all blood or lab work. No appointment is necessary to have your blood drawn. You can just walk in. However, please be sure to bring your physician's order with you. Please note that some blood tests may have food or beverage restrictions, such as a 12-hour fast. If you are unsure if this applies to you, please call your doctor before your test. Test results are sent directly to your doctor.
Click here to view a list of all blood draw locations within the Conemaugh Health System
Food or Beverage Restrictions
Please note that some blood tests may have food and beverage restrictions, such 8 or 12-hour fast. This includes gum, tobacco, toothpaste or lozenges. Most physicians encourage patients to drink plain water during the fast for bloodwork. Please ask your physician if you may have plain water during your fasting period. There generally will be an order from the physician on your blood work advising you to fast.
NPO p MN – This means nothing by mouth after midnight
NPO for a specified number of hours or a specific time
NPO for 12◦ - Nothing by mouth for 12 hours
NPO p 1800 (6 PM) – nothing by mouth after 6 PM.
You must fast 8 hours for the following tests:
BMPL - Basic Metabolic Panel
Bone Joint Unit
CMPL - Complete Metabolic Panel
Folate (Folic Acid)
Lactic Acid (Baseline)
RFP – Renal Function Panel
You must fast 12 hours for the following tests:
If you are unsure if this applies to you, please call your physician before your test. There may also be some additional tests that require you to fast.
Please check with your physician if you are diabetic and are required to fast for blood work. He or she will instruct you on whether or not you should take your diabetic medication on the morning of your blood work.
You can usually take your medications with water unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
If you are having a level of a medication drawn do not take that medication in the morning of the blood draw. This would include the following medications:
Arriving for your Blood Work
Please wear short sleeves to facilitate blood collection.
Children under 18 years of age or incapacitated adults must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Please bring your insurance and identification cards with you as well as your physician’s order for the blood work. If you have questions about your insurance coverage, please call your insurance company. If you are not covered by insurance, please make arrangements for payment by calling the Business Office at 814-410-8470.
Once you are registered you will be taken to a room or cubicle to ensure your privacy. The phlebotomist will introduce themselves. The staff may ask you the same questions several times; they will ask your name and birth date. By repeating our questions, we are verifying and re-verifying very important information to ensure that your time with us is as safe as possible.
The phlebotomist will gather the supplies needed for your blood draw. She will ask you if you have any restrictions on which arm she may use. She will then apply a tourniquet on you upper arm. She may ask you make a fist to make the blood vessels more visible. She will cleanse your skin with an alcohol pad. She may loosen the tourniquet until they’re ready and then reapply it before they insert the needle into your vein. Once she is sure the needle is in the vein she will apply a tube to the end of the needle and allow it to fill. Once she removes the tube she may invert the tube several times to mix any additives in the tube. Once all of the tubes are collected, the needle will be removed and a piece of clean cotton will be placed over the site. She will apply pressure to stop any bleeding. Then, a bandage or piece of tape will be placed over the gauze. She will then label your tubes.
The blood will be sent to the laboratory to be tested. Once the results are available they will be sent/faxed to your physician’s office.
The physician may instruct you not to take certain medication until they call you with results. Otherwise you can resume all of your medications as previously ordered. Make sure you eat as soon as possible if taking any diabetic medication.
We look forward to seeing you!