What can clients do to prepare for an examination and blood tests?

ANSWER: The following are suggested to help your clients get the best results:

  • Schedule exams, when ever possible, in the morning.
  • Get a good nights rest the night before the exam.
  • Allow sufficient time to arrive and relax before the exam.
  • Fasting for blood tests should be 12 hours when possible.
  • No alcohol for 24 hours prior to the examination.
  • No non-prescribed (over the counter) drugs for 24 hours prior to the exam.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, soft drinks) prior to the exam.
  • Avoid tobacco (might raise blood pressure) 3 hours prior to the exam.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise 24 hours prior to the exam.
  • When voiding a urine specimen make sure it is not the first specimen of the day.
  • If your client has large or muscular arms, make sure a wide arm cuff is used when the blood pressure is taken.
  • If the first blood pressure reading is elevated, have your client take some relaxing deep breaths before the next reading.
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