DSHS recommends venous specimens for hemoglobin and lead testing

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Lab encourages Texas Health Steps providers to submit venous specimens whenever possible for hemoglobin and lead testing. Finger stick capillary specimens are more likely to clot and may not be suitable for testing. The lab continues to accept capillary specimens for Texas Health Steps anemia and lead screenings and will test those that are not clotted.

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