Order of Blood Draw

On October 14, 2010, in Tests, by Andrea

Despite our thoughts on the matter, there is an actual process to the order for our blood draws.  Some tubes can render several tests, and some tubes should be drawn before others.

Here is the order, according to Bakerman’s ABC’s of Interpretive Laboratory Data, Fourth Edition:

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Blood Collection Tubes

On October 14, 2010, in Tests, by Andrea

I’ve discussed various blood tests, what they are used for, how we read those tests, how we modify our vitamins based on those tests and much more.  But what exactly do we know about the tubes themselves?

This is just a touch of information about the tubes used in drawing procedures – including any additives used in each one.  This isn’t a cohesive guide by any stretch, but I think it’s interesting info to have regardless.

Info from Bakerman’s ABC’s of Interpretive Laboratory Data, Fourth Edition

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Complete Blood Count

On April 16, 2010, in Tests, by Andrea

One of the most common, and yet most confusing blood tests ordered.  Lots of numbers, letters, and little to explain it all.

This is known as a CBC.  It’s a basic look at the cells that make up your blood cells, along with the specific components in them.  It’s a critical component for knowing current iron status.

Ranges given are from MY laboratory ranges.  Yours may vary slightly.  Adapt as needed.  My ideals are simply that – my ideals.

The CBC normally includes:

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