Thursday, September 03, 2009

Home blood tests for transplant patients

It is now possible to obtain whole blood concentration results from fingerprick blood samples obtained at home and shipped to a central laboratory, eliminating the need to travel to a test lab for regular blood work. This could be of real benefit to patients who do not live near a lab as well as save time off from work or school.

According to Pleasant Fite Hooper, M.D., Founder & Chief Science Officer of TMS BioScience they have the ability to monitor patients across North America by use of tandem mass spectrometry and dedicated assay procedures. Using overnight courier services they say that turn-around time is suitable for acute therapeutic management as well as routine monitoring of transplant patients. Result reports are available within 24 hours of receipt of blood samples. To arrange this home monitoring service patients would have to ask their clinical care group to contact TMS BioScience by phone, fax or email.

Visit their web site TmsBioscience.

TmsBioscience
134 LaSalle St., Suite 4
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone 504.208.9696
Fax 504.962.3378
email TmsBioscience


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2 comments:

BetteLG said...

Merv,
Have you considered doing this?

Merv Sheppard said...

I haven't considered doing this because I have great relationship with my test lab that has the results posted on-line almost immediately and available for review by the medical staff at the hospital. Travel is not an issue for me but this new procedure might be of benefit to those for whom it may offer a convenience.