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Does Hospice Draw Blood?

Does Hospice Draw Blood?

Hospice care teams may draw blood if necessary to monitor the patient’s condition or manage their symptoms. For example, blood tests may be done to check for anemia, infection, or electrolyte imbalances or to monitor liver or kidney function. Blood tests may also be used to monitor the effects of medications and adjust dosages as needed. However, blood draws are generally not a routine part of hospice care and will only be done when necessary and appropriate for the individual patient’s needs. The hospice team will work closely with the patient and their family to ensure their care plan is tailored to their needs and preferences.