At Dignity Health North State, blood tests are an essential service of our emergency care. They tell your doctor vital information about your health – including the presence of foreign bodies and details about your heart function. Blood tests can also reveal the status of your overall health.
Our trained emergency services staff can evaluate your symptoms to decide if you need a blood test. For emergency blood work in Northern California, Use InQuicker to schedule an estimated arrival time into one of our emergency departments at the following hospitals:
Using Blood Test Results at Dignity Health North State
Your blood test results help your emergency doctor make an informed diagnosis for effective, personalized treatment.
Your doctor will examine results from your blood test to check for:
- Substances in your body that can indicate organ dysfunction or a heart attack
- Drug levels for drug toxicity or overdose
- Signs of infection
Depending on your symptoms, you may or may not have to take a blood test. Sometimes, your doctor can treat your symptoms without having to draw your blood.
What to Expect
Usually, a technician trained to draw blood called a phlebotomist will take your blood sample. In some cases, a nurse or a doctor may perform the procedure. Your blood work will be sent to a lab and quickly analyzed for any signs of abnormality. Your doctor will explain the results to you, including any diagnoses and how they affect your treatment.
Getting your blood taken only causes minor discomfort. Talk to our emergency staff about ways we can make the blood drawing procedure comfortable for you.
Visit Dignity Health North State for personal emergency care, including prompt blood work.
Dignity Health North State offers quality blood tests in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.