Tonight, my 80 year old grandmother has a routine hematology test next week. Do you have to fast first? NThank you
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Some laboratory tests require fasting for 8 hours. Mothers should look again at the introductory examination sheet given by the doctor. If the routine hematology test that you mean is examination of red blood cells (Hb, Ht erythrocytes, MCV, MCH, MCHC), white blood cells (leukocytes, diff count), and platelets, your grandmother does not need to fast. Routine hematology examinations generally include only this examination. However, if the examination also includes examining kidney function (urea, creatinine), liver (SGOT, SGPT), electrolytes (Na, K, Cl, Ca), blood sugar levels, and blood lipid levels (total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides). ), your grandmother must fast so that the results received are accurate. When fasting, your grandmother can still drink water and it's best to drink lots of water. If it is difficult for your grandmother to fast, eat first at midnight, then draw blood in the morning. After the blood is drawn, the grandmother can immediately be fed. It is better if you bring snacks or supplies to the checkpoint, so that your grandmother can eat right away.
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