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Home Blood Draw Services

St. Peter's Hospital offers a blood draw service for homebound patients. Homebound is defined as those individuals with a condition due to surgery, illness or injury that precludes them from accessing medical care outside the home. This is not a service of convenience or a STAT service. In determining whether a patient is homebound, the following questions need to be considered.

  • Is the patient able to leave the home without assistance?
  • Is the patient requesting home services due to lack of transportation?
  • Is this a one-time draw associated with a physician's appointment?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, the patient does not qualify for home draw services and should be sent to one of our six Patient Service Centers. (Call 518-525-1495 to find a location near the patient.)

For all patients that do qualify for home draw services, please inform them that this is not a service of convenience or a STAT service. We are not able to offer specific appointment times. However, we try to prioritize draws within a given area based on tests ordered. The phlebotomists performing these services have additional responsibilities to include group homes, nursing homes and other facilities. In addition, fasting samples are a high priority and collected first. All patients are called the day before the scheduled draw. If the phlebotomist is unable to collect the specimen, the ordering physician is notified.

To Discharge Planning and Nursing Staff
  • Make sure all scripts are faxed to 518-525-1176.
  • Do not send the patient home with the script.
  • Please do not tell the patient when the lab is coming. We will schedule the draw appropriately and call the patient.

Please fax all home draw requests to 518-525-1176. Required information includes: patient name, DOB, (demographics sheet if new patient) physician signature and proper diagnosis for medical necessity. Any V code must be used with a supporting diagnosis. If the fax is received before 2:30 p.m., the request will be scheduled for the next day. If the request is received after 2:30 p.m., it will be scheduled in 48 hours. (i.e., received after 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, drawing will be scheduled on Thursday). Recurring frequencies will be scheduled for six months. At the end of six months, a renewal notice is faxed to the physician. If the renewal is not returned, no further draws will be performed.

To the Patient
  • We cannot predict the exact time when the phlebotomist will arrive, due to last minute schedule changes.
  • This is not a service of convenience; you must be homebound to qualify.
  • Draws may be prioritized based on the test(s) ordered.

Please direct any questions to 518-525-5078. Thank you for your cooperation.

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