What to expect during your lab visit | The Austin Diagnostic Clinic
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What to expect during your lab visit

When you arrive at the lab, sign in at the front desk.

Check in

When you visit one of our lab draw stations or the main lab, you’ll need to check in at the front desk to let us know you’ve arrived.

We’ll check on your order, and we may ask you to fill out some paperwork before you see one of our phlebotomists. Let us know if you have allergies, are on blood thinners and are prone to fainting.

Submitting a sample

Let our staff know about allergies, medications or if you are prone to fainting.

The phlebotomist will call your name and lead you to an area where your labs will be drawn. You’ll be asked for a sample of body fluid, depending on the test that has been ordered, and we’ll explain the process as thoroughly as possible before performing the draw.

We’ll also do our best to make sure that your labs are drawn as safely and privately as possible.

Please be aware that during your blood draw you may encounter discomfort and slight bruising at the injection site.

Please let the phlebotomy staff know:

  • If you are allergic to latex
    We do not have access to your medical record and will not know of any know allergies ahead of time.
  • If you are prone to fainting, or are not feeling well the day you are being drawn 
    We have a reclining chair we can draw you in. Some people encounter light-headedness and dizziness when watch someone draw their blood.
  • If you are on any blood thinners such as coumadin or aspirin 
    You may take longer to stop bleeding; the phlebotomist needs to know to apply pressure longer.

Care instructions

When we’ve finished collecting a specimen, we’ll let you know if there are any additional steps you need to take. For example, we may advise you to avoid lifting heavy objects or exercising if you’ve submitted a blood sample.

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