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Blood instructions

Follow these instructions to ensure you get the most accurate results possible!

Step 1
Please fill out the blood submission form with the required details. You will need to return this form with your blood submission.
Step 2
Open the blood spot card. Fold the paper back to reveal the collection paper. Do not touch sample area.
Step 3
Hold your hand under warm water for at least one minute to stimulate blood circulation then carefully dry your hand with a towel.
Step 4
Stand up and swing your arm around in a circular motion 5-10 times, with your arm fully extended if possible. This helps stimulate blood circulation. Continue standing until you’ve finished taking your sample, if possible.
Step 5
Remove the provided disinfectant cloth from its film and use it to disinfect the entire tip of your index or middle finger. Wait approximately 15 seconds for your finger to dry. TIP: Your middle finger is usually the most suitable.
Step 6
Hold the lancet horizontally (as shown). Rotate the yellow protective cover one full turn then carefully remove it. CAUTION: Do not use a lancet with a loose or missing protective cover.
Step 7
Important: The lancets button will only work once. Place your hand on a stable surface. Hold the lancet (as shown in the diagram) diagonally against the tip of your selected finger. Press firmly with your thumb on the yellow button.
Step 8
Keep your hand horizontal at hip height (while standing at the edge of a table, for example) and massage your finger from the palm of the hand to the fingertip until blood droplets form.
Step 9
Hold the base of the collection card to prevent it from moving. Allow blood to drip onto each of the circles, filling each one fully. Ensure you do not touch the collection paper.
Step 10
Once you have filled all of the circles, slightly bend the collection card away from the cover to allow air to flow beneath the blood spot collection card. Leave on a flat surface to dry. Please allow 5-10 minutes for your sample to dry.
Step 11
After collecting your blood sample, press the swab firmly against the location of the bleeding to stem the blood flow.
Step 12
When the bleeding begins to slow, apply the plaster to the puncture.
Step 13
When the sample is dry, fold the cover over the sample and tuck into the bottom flap.
Step 14
Place your completed, dried blood spot collection card into the enclosed return envelope with your completed blood submission card. Close the envelope carefully and immediately post it back to our lab.
Step 15
Place the used equipment parts in the provided clear plastic bags. Dispose of them in your household recycling. NB: The test’s packing and paper information inserts are all fully recyclable.