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You might have heard your friends or other parents talk about why they prefer to take their kids to Children's Colorado to have their blood drawn. These families know that while a blood draw is a simple procedure, it is still a cause for pain and fear in their kids and the procedure can also often be traumatic for the parents. They understand that the experience at Children’s is better than going to another laboratory.
Our lab staff often sees patients that have been sent to us after unsuccessful blood drawing attempts at other laboratories. These patients are often now afraid of needles and can be sore from bruising. They come to Children's Hospital Colorado to have their blood drawn the right way. At Children’s, we are skilled at performing even the most difficult blood draws.
The Children’s Lab Staff has extensive training in pediatric phlebotomy (clinicians who draw blood from patients). The laboratory also has special expertise in the testing of lab samples from kids. At Children's Hospital Colorado, finger sticks and heel sticks are commonly used to collect blood samples for your child. We perform a venipuncture only if it is necessary. When a venipuncture is required we use a butterfly needle, the smallest and most comfortable needle available.
The majority of the patient population at other laboratories is adults. While these laboratories may see an occasional pediatric patient, we do not believe this provides the staff enough experience to ensure the special skills needed to draw blood from kids. At Children's Hospital Colorado, pediatric patients are all we focus on. This means your child gets only the best and most compassionate staff to perform their lab draws.
Children's Hospital Colorado has designed its lab services specifically around children. That means everything, from the waiting room to the equipment used to result tests, is centered on kids. The most important reason to select Children's Hospital Colorado Laboratory for your child’s laboratory tests:
We know having blood drawn is not a pleasant experience for you or your child. At Children's Hospital Colorado, we communicate with your child according to their age while also understanding their fears and empathizing with the parents. Children's Hospital Colorado laboratory staff’s expertise and compassion builds trust among the patients and their families.