Price Right Labs10-Jan-2019
Plumas District Hospital is offering a series of low-cost blood tests that screen for a variety of conditions. Remaining 2019 Price Right Lab days are March 14 , July 11, Setember 12, and November 14, from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the hospital on Bucks Lake Road in Quincy.
Appointments for Price Right Labs are not necessary. However, patients who wish to participate must obtain an order from their physician before the day of the test. Physician orders may be requested through an office visit or by phone. On the day of the test, participants should register in the main hospital lobby.
Your results will be sent electronically to the ordering physician. If your results are out of range (abnormal), a nurse will call to schedule a follow-up visit. If your results are within normal range, a notification letter will be sent to your mailing address on file at the hospital. If you need to update your contact information, you may do so at the time of your test. Your insurance will not be billed, and payment is due at the time of service.
Price Right Lab screenings include:
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel: $45
A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) is the most common Price Right Lab test. It checks for conditions such as diabetes, liver disease and kidney disease by measuring your sugar (glucose) level, electrolyte and fluid balance, kidney function, and liver function.
Complete Blood Count: $35
A complete blood count (CBC) gives important information about the kinds and numbers of cells in the blood, especially red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. A CBC helps your doctor check any symptoms, such as weakness, fatigue, or bruising, you may have. A CBC also helps him or her diagnose conditions, such as anemia, infection, and many other disorders.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: $35
Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test measures the amount of TSH in the blood and is considered the most reliable way to find a thyroid problem. If the TSH test is abnormal, other thyroid hormone tests such as a T3 or T4 may be done.
Lipid Profile: $50
Lipid profile, or lipid panel, is a panel of blood tests that serves as an initial broad medical screening tool for abnormalities in lipids, such as cholesterol and triglycerides. The results of this test can identify certain genetic diseases and can determine approximate risks for cardiovascular disease, certain forms of pancreatitis, and other diseases. Those planning to partake in the lipid profile screening need to fast for 12 hours prior to testing to ensure accurate lab results.
Prostate Specific Antigen: $50
A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen in the blood. PSA is released into a man's blood by his prostate gland. Healthy men have low amounts of PSA in the blood. The amount of PSA in the blood normally increases as a man's prostate enlarges with age. PSA may increase because of inflammation of the prostate gland (prostatitis) or prostate cancer.
Experts agree that PSA testing is not right for all men. If a PSA test is used for screening, it is usually done for men older than age 50 or for those at high risk for prostate cancer, such as men with a family history of prostate cancer.
Hemoglobin A1C: $35
Hemoglobin A1C is a test that indicates the average level of blood sugar over the past 2 to 3 months. Diabetes is diagnosed at an A1C of greater than or equal to 6.5%. Prediabetes is diagnosed at an A1C between 5.7% and 6.4%. Normal A1C level is less than 5.7%.
Diabetes/Prediabetes Risk Factors:
- ● Overweight, with BMI greater than 25. BMI is calculated: (Weight in lbs. x 703) / (Height in inches) Inactive lifestyle
- ● Age 45+
- ● Family history of type 2 diabetes
- ● Ethnicity – African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian-American, Pacific Islander
- ● Gestational diabetes, or gave birth to a baby that weighed 9 lbs. or more
- ● PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
- ● Acanthosis nigricans
- ● High Blood Pressure
- ● HDL (good cholesterol) less than 35 and/or TG (triglycerides) greater than 250
- ● Regularly sleep fewer than 6 hours per night or more than 9 hours per night
- ● Irregular work schedule or graveyard shift
- ● Any other signs or symptoms:
- ○ Frequent urination
- ○ Increased thirst and hunger (despite eating or drinking)
- ○ Fatigue, blurred vision
- ○ Cuts / bruises that are slow to heal
- ○ Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands and feet
- ○ Possible hypoglycemia symptoms – for example, shaky, sweaty, irritable
For more information about Price Right Labs or other discounted screening events, give us a call at (530) 283-2121.