Outpatient Specimen Collection at UWHC Clinical Laboratories
The UWHC Clinical Laboratories phlebotomy (blood drawing) team provides these outpatient services for adults and pediatric patients:
• Draw blood by venipuncture
• Draw blood for blood culture
• Collect blood from heel stick
• Draw blood bank blood sample with placement of wristband
• Collect the H. pylori breath test
• Collect urine specimens
• Provide sample collection supplies
In order to give the best patient care, advanced blood drawing services are done by nursing staff. This ensures you receive any follow-up care needed. Nurses will:
• Draw blood from external and internal vascular access devices (VAD)
• Flush intravenous (IV) lines
• Manage the VAD site and dressing
IV placement is done by nurses or trained technicians in departments such as radiology.
If you come to an Outpatient Lab to have blood drawn from a VAD, you will be asked if we may draw blood from your arm by venipuncture. If blood must be drawn from the VAD, you may be directed to your clinic to have the blood drawn in clinic by a nurse or you will be asked to wait while a nurse is paged to the lab to collect the sample. Our Cancer Center Lab is staffed with phlebotomists and nurses at all times.
Please inform the person drawing your blood if you have a history of fainting. Also, if you have sudden pain or extreme discomfort during the blood draw, tell them right away and the blood draw will be stopped.
UWHC Outpatient Labs can be found at places below. Urine, stool and sputum samples may be dropped off there. If you have questions about how to collect samples, please call your doctor’s office or UWHC Clinical Laboratories Client Services at (608) 263-7060. See uwhealth.org/lab for addresses, directions and hours of service.
• UW Hospital Outpatient Lab
• East Clinic
• West Clinic
• University Station
• Digestive Health Center
• American Family Children’s Hospital Outpatient Lab
• UW Carbone Cancer Center
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 08/27/2013
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