STAT Labs Specialist

Patrick County Family Practice

Family Physicians & Aesthetics Specialists located in Stuart, VA

A STAT lab test offers immediate answers to help quickly manage a medical emergency or condition with symptoms requiring urgent care. At Patrick County Family Practice in Stuart, Virginia, the experienced team can order lab tests for fast and accurate diagnosis. Call Patrick County Family Practice or schedule an appointment online today for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of your symptoms.

STAT Labs Q & A

What is a STAT lab test?

Because STAT lab tests are processed in an on-site laboratory at Patrick County Family Practice, you don’t have to wait days for results. They’re given the highest priority for processing, analysis, and reporting. The tests may be used to check for a number of conditions that could be causing your acute symptoms.

What types of conditions can STAT lab tests detect?

The team at Patrick County Family Practice may request STAT lab tests to check for:

  • Sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea
  • Food allergies
  • Strep throat
  • Mononucleosis
  • Lyme disease
  • Alpha gal, an allergy to red meat that develops following a lone star tick bite

Other lab tests that may be administered include allergy tests, Pap tests to check for cervical cancer, and drug screenings. These may not be considered STAT, or immediate, in nature.

How are STAT lab tests conducted?

STAT lab tests often check your blood for specific antibodies or other factors that indicate disease. However, you may also undergo a urinalysis or tissue sample, depending on your symptoms and the purpose of the test.

What general STAT lab test screenings are available?

When you come into Patrick County Family Practice for a wellness visit, you may undergo a cholesterol or blood sugar test. You might also get a comprehensive set of labs to check your complete blood count, iron levels, and hormone levels. The results of these tests aren’t considered urgent, and results may take a few days to come back.

What do my STAT lab test results mean?

Many lab tests come back with results that are “positive,” meaning you have a specific condition. If the results come back negative, it means you don’t have the health issue in question.

Some lab tests come back with reference ranges that indicate whether you fall under normal levels. These results must be interpreted by your provider to help you understand exactly what they mean. Even if your results fall outside the “normal” range, it might not be cause for immediate concern. The team at Patrick County Family Practice clarifies your results so you have a clear picture of what they mean for your health.

Call Patrick County Family Practice or schedule an appointment online today for more information about their in-house STAT lab testing.