Healing can be hard work and one of the biggest challenges is blood draws (sigh). It can be tough getting children on board with drawing blood and hard to fit into a full family schedule. Yet lab results are a primary tool that guide the next best step for health and therefore essential to the healing process.
A well trained, child-friendly phlebotomist is key to helping your child have the best blood draw experience possible. So what’s a parent to do?
CHOOSE THE RIGHT LAB:
Unfortunately, labs do make errors. We’ve worked with many labs over the years and find St. Joe’s makes the least amount of errors. From our experience, they’re also the best at working to recover from errors made. Click here for St. Joe’s Laboratory Locations in Southeast Michigan. Once you choose your location, call ahead to ask what days/times the trained, child-friendly phlebotomist works and schedule your child’s blood draw accordingly.
HAVE THE LAB COME TO YOU:
If you’d like to have a consistent, well trained, child-friendly phlebotomist for every blood draw consider Pinnacle Mobile Phlebotomy. This is a concierge service that offers in-home blood draws in the lower half of Michigan. Collecting blood in a familiar environment creates a level of comfort for your child, which can translate into a smoother blood draw experience. Pinnacle Mobile Phlebotomy collects and processes the specimens, including shipping and/or transporting to the requested laboratory. With over 20 years of experience in laboratory service, they’re aware of the accuracy and efficiency required to preserve the integrity of the specimen collection process. Please contact them directly re: pricing. If you choose to use this service, when you book the appointment you can add the name of your preferred phlebotomist in the notes section. We recommend Tiffany. 🙂
Sue McCreadie, MD
Board Certified Pediatrician
Founding President of the 501(c)3 nonprofit getREALforkids.com