CHOC Children's Laboratory
CHOC Children’s Laboratory Services is one of the only dedicated pediatric labs in Southern California.
Conveniently located on the lower level of the Bill Holmes Tower, right off the elevator, the 20,000 square foot lab is dedicated to offering the most compassionate blood draw experience possible while providing physicians with quick, accurate results and around-the-clock service for our inpatients and children visiting our Emergency Department.
Understanding the needs of children
At CHOC Children’s, we specialize in providing children with the most pleasant experience possible—even when it comes to having blood drawn. All of our phlebotomists (people specially trained to draw blood) have at least two years of experience working with children before coming to CHOC and attend a very special four-week training course upon being hired to work with our patients.
Our phlebotomists are not only dedicated and skilled at drawing blood, they are also trained in child behavior. They understand that the idea of a needle going into the skin is frightening for most children and work hard to reduce each patient’s anxieties and worries. They often use magic tricks, cartoons and even local anesthetics (pain medicines) to make lab work as quick and pain free as possible.
One visit, one poke
Our associates have a one visit, one poke goal for each and every patient they see. Whether they are drawing blood on a teenager or a wiggly toddler, they work with each patient and the patient’s family to try to only have to insert the needle one time.
State-of-the-art clinical laboratory
At CHOC Children’s, we pride ourselves on processing blood, urine and stool tests as quickly and efficiently as possible using the very latest equipment and expert staff. Physicians connected to our computer network are often able to get routine results within 60 minutes. In addition, we can work with physicians and their staff to provide advanced DNA and microbiology testing.