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In the emergency room, blood tests are necessary to quickly gain information needed to manage and diagnose medical emergencies. A blood test involves withdrawing a sample of blood into a vial and sending it to a lab for analysis.
At Dignity Health, our emergency care team performs prompt, high-quality blood tests in the Bay Area.
Emergency blood tests fall under the following general categories:
In the Dignity Health emergency room, a doctor, nurse, or technician will draw your blood to collect the sample.
The health care provider who draws your blood will apply pressure to the site to stop the bleeding. You will have a small bandage with a cotton ball to absorb any residual blood. You can usually remove the bandage within a few hours.
Once the sample goes to the lab, it usually takes up to an hour to get the results. However, some tests may take more time to process. The doctor will discuss all test results with you and explain what it means for your care.
Rely on our emergency doctors to quickly work to diagnose your condition and provide personal care.
Dignity Health offers patients expert and efficient emergency care, including blood tests, in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.