Venipuncture vs. Home Testing Kits

Question Venipuncture Home Testing Kit
How is it performed? •Venipuncture testing is performed by a certified phlebotomist who draws blood from the vein using a sterile needle. • Home Testing Kits are performed by the patient pricking their own finger with a small, sterile needle.
How accurate is it? • Venipuncture testing is the most accurate screening method available for diagnostic testing.
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  • Follows standards of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)
  • • Home Testing Kits are as accurate as venipuncture testing. However, accuracy depends on how precisely the directions are followed. Also, accuracy varies from brand to brand.
  • Most convenient for the patient.

  • Chance of contamination at home is higher.
  • What does it include? • 4000+ tests available through Quest
  • Includes hormone, allergy, wellness, thyroid and more.
  • Various methodologies like Immunoassay (IA) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • • Limited selection of tests.
  • Most common are lipid panel and glucose test.
  • What is the turnaround time for results? • You can order a venipuncture test and visit the lab the same day, and then wait 2-3 days for your lab results. *Some tests can take up to 7-10 business days.* • A home testing kit would need 2-3 business days to be mailed out, then 2-3 business days to be mailed back, and then 2-3 days for testing.
    What risks do I face? • Hematoma (collection of blood outside of blood vessels)
  • Slight bleeding
  • Light headed
  • Fainting
  • • Finger has tenderness and/or soreness
  • Finger Hematoma
  • Temporary scarring
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