Mayo Clinic plans to install two new outpatient blood-draw labs at the Gift of Life Transplant Housein Rochester.
The new labs in Gift of Life's two locations will save guests time and hassle, the organizations say.
"Blood draws are a frequent and necessary activity for transplant patients," says the newsletter of Gift of Life, a home away from home for people awaiting and recovering from transplants.
Executive Director Ginger Holmes said Gift of Life guests will be able to come downstairs in the morning, get blood drawn, perhaps have breakfast and wait upstairs or elsewhere in the house for a phone call telling them if they need a transfusion, medication change or other medical intervention.
Until now, guests have had to be at Mayo Clinic, often early in the morning, and then return to Gift of Life to await that call.
Samples will be picked up from the new labs at Gift of Life every 20 minutes.
"It's a very organized system. Only Mayo could do it," Holmes said. Mayo funds the service.
"Blood samples taken will be couriered to the appropriate Mayo lab for processing," the newsletter says. "The intent of the services is to enhance the transplant patient's experience by making a frequently used health care activity more accessible."
A 2013 pilot study of the idea received "exceedingly positive" feedback from Gift of Life guests.
The service also helped ease workflow at Mayo Clinic's blood-draw service.
The blood-draw labs will be installed sometime early this year. Gift of Life guests are anxious to use the service, Holmes said.
"They ask every day, 'When's it going to start?'" she said.