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Laboratory FAQs

Answers to Common Questions About Laboratory Services at KMC

What lab tests typically require fasting and for how long?

Glucose and lipid profile requires 10-12 hours of fasting.

Should I avoid physical activity before getting blood work done?

Some research suggests that exercising vigorously 10 to 12 hours before a blood draw can falsely elevate your HDL. Exercise beforehand is fine, just don’t overdo it.

How long will it take to get my results?

If the test(s) you’re getting are done in-house, it will take about four hours to receive results. If it has to be sent out to DLS, it will take approximately 24 hours. If it is a special test and DLS has to send it to the mainland, it will take anywhere from several days to a week or more. Once your test results are available, the quickest place to access them is through your patient portal.

What happens if I forget to fast?

Components from the food and beverages (aside from water) you consume are absorbed into your bloodstream and have the potential to impact the results of certain lab tests. Since fasting improves the accuracy of those test results, if you forget to fast you should come back another time to avoid repeat testing.

Is water okay to drink while fasting?

Water is safe to drink while fasting for a lab test. Proper hydration makes the veins more visible, allowing for an easier blood draw.

Should I take my medications before a blood test?

Yes unless directed otherwise. If a medication needs to be taken with food, wait until you’re able to eat immediately after your test is complete.

How do I obtain a printed copy of my lab results?

You can request an ROI (release of information) form to fill out from the front desk.

*Results must be obtained from the KMC Medical Records Department or via the Patient Portal

If you have any questions regarding our Kahuku laboratory services, don’t hesitate to call us at (808) 380-1423 or fill out our online contact form!