Complete blood profiles

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012 Time: 6:00 am - 9:00 am
Location:  Jefferson Community Health Center

Complete blood profiles will be offered by Jefferson Community Health Center on Wednesday, March 28.

            Blood profiles will be offered on Friday, March 28, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Southwing Education Room at Jefferson Community Health Center, 2200 H St. The complete blood profile will cost $45. The screening will be offered by appointment only. Fasting is required prior to the blood screening. Confidential reports will be available at the Jefferson County Home and Garden Show at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 31.

            The complete blood profile includes:

n  Comprehensive Metabolic Profile and Lipid Profile – This group of tests tells about heart, liver, kidney and sugar levels in the blood. The cholesterol is fractionated into low- and high-density levels, and gives the person’s coronary heart disease risk.

n  T4 -- Basic screen for thyroid function.

n  Hemagram – This is a blood count telling the number of white blood cells and red blood cells. It also tells the hemoglobin level.

            The PSA screening is not available with this screening. The profile report includes explanations of each factor which may be considered higher or lower than normal. Anyone with concerns about their screening is encouraged to schedule an appointment with their personal family physician to discuss the results. Since this is not a physician-ordered exam, it is not covered by Medicare or other insurance.

            The $45 rate is a considerable savings to patients compared to the regular costs of this type of complete blood profile, said Lab Manager Dan Reikofski.

            To make an appointment for the blood profile, call outpatient services at Jefferson Community Health Center at (402) 729-6851.