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A blood test measures and analyzes different substances in your blood. Blood tests provide helpful information for the diagnosis and management of medical conditions.
If you are faced with an unexpected medical problem and need help, Dignity Health Central California can provide the emergency services you need. Our emergency doctors and nurses can provide a blood test in Central California to learn more about your condition and offer personalized treatment.
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Blood tests can tell your doctor a lot about your condition. The tests fall into the following general categories:
Your care in the emergency room will often involve blood tests to help determine your condition and its severity. A doctor, nurse, or technician will take a sample of your blood. The amount of blood drawn depends on the required test, and can range from one to several tubes.
Some people experience a bit of discomfort from the needle used to draw your blood. After collecting your blood, the nurse or technician will apply pressure to the draw site to stop the bleeding. A small bandage or a cotton ball will absorb any residual blood. You may have some minor bruising where the needle punctured your skin.
Analysis of your blood can take an hour or more. When completed, your doctor will discuss the blood test results, explain their meaning, and outline your next steps for treatment.
Our emergency room doctors and staff are here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Dignity Health Central California provides advanced diagnostic procedures, including blood tests, in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.