Chase County Community Hospital will be offering a Mini Health Fair this month that will consist of blood draws and lab testing at substantially reduced prices.
Getting regular screening tests to detect common health problems is a simple and effective first step to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Screening tests can give patients and their doctor the information needed to identify health risks and take preventive measures before they become more serious problems.
Screening tests include self-checks, clinical exams, x-rays and laboratory tests. The focus of the CCCH Mini Health Fair is on laboratory screening tests.
Choosing to have routine lab tests performed even though there are no symptoms can help discover problems early. Also, it can help patients benefit from easier and more effective treatment, and sometimes even prevent disease. It is easy to take these tests for granted, but their power to lengthen one’s healthy years should not be underestimated, according to health professionals.
The following are dates and times for lab draws: April 22, 23 and 24 from 6:30-8:30 a.m. at Chase County Community Hospital.
Lab draws will be taken at the Wauneta Clinic on April 30 from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
To register for the lab draws at Chase County Community Hospital, residents can call 882-7299 from April 4-23. To register for draws at the Wauneta Clinic call 394-5593 from April 4-29.
Individuals participating in the lab draws will have five tests from which to choose including a new Cardiac CRP test this year. Descriptions of the lab tests are at right:
As the health care system in the U.S. has evolved, individuals are taking a more active role in the medical care they and their loved ones receive.
Fortunately, by engaging in preventive medicine, individuals take more responsibility and control of their care, gain better understanding and improve communication with their doctor to help extend a healthy life.
It is also important to consider testing for children.
People often think of this type of screening is for older adults but these tests can also be critical in prevention and early detection of certain disorders in children. Children 18 years or younger will receive an additional 15 percent discount on the lab tests offered through Mini Health Fair.
Once a person completes their chosen lab draws, a copy of the results will be mailed in approximately one week. It will be important for participants to keep a copy of the results and share this information with their healthcare provider. The results will only be available for 30 days to healthcare providers.
For more information, contact Sue Peterson at 882-7283 or Susan Castle at 882-7241.
Description of lab tests
- General Health Profile: This profile includes tests for CBC, CMP, TSH, & Lipid Profile. CBC (complete blood count) is used as a screening test to determine an individual’s general health status and to help diagnose various conditions, such as anemia, infection, leukemia, or a bleeding disorder. Also, the CBC is useful to monitor treatment that is known to affect blood cells, such as antibiotic, chemo, or radiation therapy.
- CMP (comprehensive metabolic panel) provides important information about an individual’s kidneys and liver. It includes acid/base balance, blood glucose and blood proteins levels; monitors known conditions, such as high blood pressure; and checks for side effects on the kidney and liver related to medication.
- The TSH test is often the test of choice for evaluating thyroid function and is used to monitor treatment for various thyroid conditions.
- The lipid profile is used as a screening to help determine an individual’s risk of heart disease and to help make decisions about what treatment may be best if risk is borderline or high. Depending on the lipid results and other risk factors, treatment options may involve lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise or lipid-lowering medications. NOTE: This test requires that you do not eat anything and only take small sips of water for at least 12 hours prior to the lab draw.
- CRP (Cardiac C-Reactive Protein). This test determines a person’s risk level for heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. This tool can play a role in the evaluation process before a person develops one of these health problems. Some experts say that the best way to predict risk is to combine results of the cardiac CRP, along with the lipid profile. The Hemoglobin A1c test is used to monitor the glucose control for diabetics over time.
- Vitamin D Level test is used to determine if bone weakness, malformation, or abnormal metabolism of calcium is happening as a result of a shortage or excess of Vitamin D. Vitamin D may also be used to monitor the effectiveness of treatment when vitamin D, calcium, phosphorus, and/or magnesium supplementation is prescribed.
- The PSA test, together with an exam by a doctor, is used to screen men for prostate cancer. If prostate cancer is diagnosed, the PSA test may be used as a monitor to help determine the effectiveness of treatment, and it may also be ordered at regular intervals after treatment to detect return of the cancer.