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DBS preparation from finger stick blood in Microtainer ®

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1 DBS preparation from finger stick blood in Microtainer ®

2 Universal precautions Assume that all human blood is potentially infectious for HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious agents. Practice universal precautions using gloves, eye protection, and lab coats. Always use sterile, single-use, disposable supplies for sample collection.

3 Finger stick collection for DBS 1.Place all collection materials on top of disposable pad. Once participant is present, open the lancet, alcohol swabs, gauze, bandage, and other items. Have all items ready for blood collection.

4 Finger stick collection for DBS 2.Put on your powder-free gloves. Turn participant’s hand upward. Massage participant’s hand and lower part of the finger to increase blood flow.

5 Finger stick collection for DBS 3.Scrub the participant’s middle finger or ring finger with an alcohol swab. Dry with gauze.

6 Finger stick collection for DBS 4.Hold the finger in an upward position and lance the palm side surface of the finger (between the nail and finger pad) with the proper size lancet (adult/child). Press firmly on the finger when making the puncture. Doing so will help you to obtain the amount of blood you need.

7 Finger stick collection for DBS 5.Apply slight pressure to start blood flow. Wipe away the first drop of blood on a gauze pad and discard pad in appropriate biohazard container.

8 Finger stick collection for DBS 6.Keep the finger in a downward position and gently massage it to maintain blood flow. An effective method is to apply pressure to the nail for 3 seconds, release for 3 seconds, and repeat continuously while collecting the blood. Hold the Microtainer® at an angle of 30 degrees below the collection site and use the scoop on the Microtainer® to guide the drops into the vial. Do not scrape the skin. Fill the Microtainer® to the µL level.

9 Finger stick collection for DBS 7.After capping the container, invert it immediately by gently turning the container 10 times to prevent clots from forming. Apply a sterile adhesive bandage over participant’s puncture site.

10 Finger stick collection for DBS 8.If blood has been refrigerated, allow it to warm to room temperature. Invert the tube gently to resuspend the red cells. Using a pipette, remove 100 µL of blood or the specified volume and apply the blood to the approved type filter paper.

11 Finger stick collection for DBS 9.Place collection cards in a horizontal position and allow the blood spots to dry at room temperature for a minimum of 3-4 hours. Avoid touching the blood spot. Drying time may be longer if the humidity is high. Avoid exposing spots to high temperatures.

12 Finger stick collection for DBS 10.Dried blood spots should be completely dry before packing. Stack dried blood spot cards above and below with weighing paper.

13 Finger stick collection for DBS 11.Pack dried blood spots in low gas-permeable bags. Add desiccant packs and humidity-indicator card. Shipping requirements may vary according to analyte.


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