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Eric Murray: Your blood, your business

Eric Murray " Voice of Your Hospital

Your blood is your business.

The Quick Lab service at the specialty clinic at Kremmling Memorial Hospital is set up to analyze and confidentially, I repeat, confidentially, report information about the red stuff pumping through your veins.

It’s actually blue when it’s inside of you, right?

People have many reasons for keeping their blood work private. Some reasons might include interest in diabetes screening, thyroid, prostate, cholesterol, drug screening, liver function, pregnancy and mononucleosis.

Getting information about your blood through what is known as Direct Access Testing can help you to make important health decisions depending on results. Let’s say, for example, you discovered that your bad cholesterol is too high. You might alter your diet, take up a fun exercise program and work on improving your mental outlook. (We should all probably do more of that anyway, right?)

If you discovered that you have diabetes you could significantly improve and lengthen your life by making life-style adjustments. Prostate issues? Maybe you go the natural route and take herbs as directed by a professional. Or maybe you see a traditional doctor and get a prescription for medication.

Either way, at least you know and, as they say, “Knowing is half the battle.”

Here’s the routine.

Blood curious people walk in the specialty clinic at the community hospital in Kremmling between 8 a.m. and noon on Wednesdays or Thursdays. The first step is to sign in by writing your date of birth on the sign up sheet. This assigns a specific reference number needed to pick up results.

Then, select specific tests like ordering from a sushi menu-just check what’s wanted.

Payment is up front with credit card, check or cash. No deductibles or insurance taken here. No need for a doctor’s referral either. Just bring yourself and your blood.

Results are ready that very afternoon and handed to the patient directly, in a sealed envelope. Mailing is also an option but less common. Results are for you only. They are not filed in medical records. Insurance companies are not given the results either.

What is done with the results is all up to you.

The rational course of action after receiving the results is to pursue the knowledge.

P.J. Crouch, Laboratory Manager at Kremmling Memorial Hospital recommends visiting http://www.labtestsonline.com to investigate Quick Lab results. To post a direct question go to http://www.ascls.org, click “resources”, “consumer lab testing information” and then “information request form”. Replies are usually within 72 hours.

Maybe your results are perfect and you keep on, keepin’ on. Maybe there are some things you can change in your life to improve the results. You commit to them and then you go back for the same test(s) later on to see if it’s working. Or you have the choice to schedule an appointment with your doctor and work on a plan together.

I like this service for many reasons. First, it reduces costs because it does not require a doctor’s order. Secondly, it allows me to take a more active role in my own healthcare. Lastly, it is confidential.

Make your blood your business and take charge of your health by utilizing the Quick Lab at the specialty clinic at the hospital.

E-mail your questions about the community hospital’s role in county-wide healthcare to ericmurray@kmhd.cc or call me at (970) 724-3165.


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