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Common Tests Performed on Capillary Blood

Below is a list of common tests performed on capillary blood specimens some of which are point-of-care tests or home self-testing:
  • Blood smears for manual white blood cell count
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Hemoglobin & hematocrit (H&H)
  • Electrolytes
  • Neonatal blood gasses
  • Neonatal bilirubin
  • Glucose
  • Hemoglobin A1C
  • Infectious diseases (eg, HIV)
  • Lipids (cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol)
  • Triglycerides