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laboratory and pathology services for patients and families

If you have ever taken your child for lab work, you know your child may feel fearful and full of anxiety. That’s why at our staff are pediatric trained and have years of experience working with children. We use techniques and equipment specifically made for children to ensure the shortest collection times possible and with less repeat sticks.

why choose us?

close to you

We provide testing services at our main hospital location or at one of our convenient locations near you.

pediatric expertise

Tests that involve blood draws can be stressful, so we find the best techniques and equipment to help your child through the procedure. Our tests use small samples so we can take the least amount of blood required.

expanded hours

We offer extended hours during the weekday and weekend to fit your schedule.

services we offer

Laboratory services for outpatient and inpatients are provided in the following areas:

  • Molecular Genetics/Cytogenetics/Genetic Counseling
  • Chemistry
  • Hematology/Coagulation
  • Urinalysis
  • Transfusion services
  • Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Serology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Point-of-Care testing
  • Pathology


In most cases, an appointment is not necessary. A prescription for a lab test or doctor order, however, is required.


Certified Autism Center™ and sensory sensitivity program 

The laboratory department and child life department at Dayton Children's Hospital worked in collaboration to become the first of its kind to  earn the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This designation means that the lab and child life teams had to complete a rigorous training and certification program to help them better assist autistic patients or those with other sensory sensitivities. The CAC certification also includes an onsite review to provide support and guidance to accommodate patients with sensory needs. 

In addition to the CAC certification, the lab and child life teams utilize other distraction tools and sensory friendly equipment to find ways to help make patients feel more comfortable whenever possible. Dayton Children's also offers a variety of specialty services including animal assisted therapy and music therapy.

how to request lab services for your sensory sensitive child 

You will need a lab referral from your child’s provider.  Once you receive a referral for lab services, call our child life department at 937-641-3303 Monday- Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm to make your lab draw appointment, located at the main campus (1 Children’s Plaza, Dayton). 

To help our child life team provide exceptional care and experience during your child’s lab draw, please review the options below before you call to best inform our staff of your child’s needs.  

 How would you describe your child’s experience with previous lab draws or needle pokes (like vaccine shots)?  

o No problems 

o Cries  

o Worries 

o Very fearful  

o No previous experience 

 o Other:_________________________________________  


My child will do best:  

o Watching what is happening during their lab draw  

o Looking away during their lab draw 

 o Having staff count to 3 before they do the lab draw  

o Not counting to 3 before they do the lab draw  

o Sitting on my lap/next to me in the chair  

o Sitting on a lap of staff member/next to a staff member in the chair  

o Other: _____________________________________________  

Please let us know if there is any other information that we should know that will make this process easier or harder for your child. 

contact us request an appointment

Reach the laboratory at 937- 641-5100  or pathology at 937-641-3358 during our normal business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

A physician order is necessary prior to the child’s visit. To make an appointment call central scheduling at 937-641-4000.