Bleeding Time

This test is used to evaluate your blood to determine how well it clots. In this study, a small incision is made and the time required for the bleeding to stop is recorded. This is called the bleeding time.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

No preparation is necessary.

NORMAL FINDINGS

  • Adults:

  • Simplate (template) method: 2-9.5 minutes [5]

  • Mielke (template) method: <10 minutes [4]

  • Duke (ear lobe) method: 1-3 minutes [4]

  • Newborn to 8 years (Mielke [modified] method): 3.4 +/- 1.3 minutes [4]

  • Children 8 to 18 years (Mielke [modified] method: 2.8 +/- 1.6 minutes[4]:

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.