Award-winning program for patients with autism sets the new standard of care
In 2017, LifeLabs launched a first-of-its-kind program that delivers a safe and worry-free blood collection experience for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD affects how people communicate and interact with others; unfamiliar faces, a noisy waiting room, flickering lights and a scary procedure can cause severe stress and anxiety for individuals with ASD.
When a mother of a three-year-old child with autism needed to book an appointment to have her son’s blood drawn, she was understandably anxious. But the experience was above and beyond what she expected.
The program was developed in consultation with community partners at Holland Bloorview Hospital in Ontario and Pacific Autism Family Network in BC and provides national guidelines and training that are setting new standards for how people with ASD experience blood collections. Since the program started, we have been able to provide this service to over 1,000 patients.