Chemistry, General Information

Fasting Lipid Test Update

Effective August 8th, Spectrum Health Laboratory will ask all patients to indicate how long they have been fasting (regardless of whether they were fasting or not) when they present for Lipid testing. In light of recent discussions in the literature that debate the utility of fasting prior to lipid testing; we recognize that some clinicians may now not require their patients to be fasting and hope that reporting out length of fasting (hours) with each lipid result will allow all clinicians to better interpret their patient’s lipid results. If fasting is desired; Spectrum Health Laboratory recommends no caloric or caffeine intake for at least 8 hours. The patient is not to drink (other than water), eat, smoke, chew gum, candy, cough drops, etc. for at least 8 hours prior to their blood tests. Prescribed medications are allowed.

If you require your patient to be fasting for these tests, please document this requirement on the order and inform your patient.  If they arrive non-fasting, we want to honor your specific request and will ask the patient to return another day when fasting. If the patient specifically requests the test to be performed; we will document as such in our system and perform the test.

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  • Reply Savanna Tobiczyk July 31, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Will we see this change as an Epic change as well or is it a continued verbal confirmation? Will it now ask the question upon collection of specimen like in the case of several 24 hour urines or glucose fasting?

  • Reply SH Labs July 31, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Savanna – You will see this change in Epic. There will be a question on the collection screen.

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