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Dried Blood Spot (DBS)

Collection Instructions




Test Kit Contents

  • 2 Alcohol Swabs
  • 2 Lancets
  • 1 Blood Spot Collection Card
  • 2 Bandages
  • 1 Resealable Bag
  • 1 Desiccant
  • 1 Prepaid Priority United States postal Services box ( For USA Shipping)
    1 Prepaid FedEx Billable Stamp (2nd Day Delivery), 1 FedEx Clinical Pak
    Or 1 Prepaid Return Envelope. ( For International Shipping)
  • 1 Test Requisition Form

If you have a different collection kit, please view our collection instruction page to find the correct instructions for you.

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Fill out all the information within the patient box on the requisition form and write your name, date of birth, and date of collection on your card. Note: The name and date of birth on the two items must match exactly.

Next, lay out the content of your collection kit to prepare for the collection. 

Important: Do not touch the circles on the collection card and do not fold the card, doing so may result in a rejected sample. 


General Guidelines

  • Each blood collection card and lancet ar for one-time use only.

  • Avoid strong repetitive pressure (‘milking’) on the pricked finger. This may cause hemolysis or tissue-fluid contamination of the specimen.

  • Do not rub or smear the blood sample.

  • Air dry only.

  • Missing or incomplete information on the test requisition form will delay the processing time of your specimen.

  • Allow a sufficient quantity of blood to soak through to completely fill in the preprinted circle on the filter paper.


Collection Instructions:

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Step 1

Twist off the blue tab to break seal on lancet. Do NOT touch or depress white tip.

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Step 2

Use the provided alcohol pad to clean the tip of the finger (3rd finger or 4th finger).

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Step 3

Place the tip of the lancet against the side of the fingertip. The side facing the 5th finger.

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Step 4

Press down firmly until an audible click is heard.

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Step 5

Gently press the pricked finger from below the puncture site to allow for a large drop of blood to form.

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Step 6

Wipe away the first drop of blood with the gauze.

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Step 7

Hold finger downward to allow blood to drop onto circles.


Important Information:

Filling more than the required number of spots is recommended if you have continued blood flow, ensuring ample specimen quantity for testing.

Make sure blood saturates through to the back of the card!




Air-dry completely. Prop the card up or leave taped on table and let air-dry for at least 3 hours. Keep away from moisture and sunlight.

It is important that the blood is not in contact with the cover.

Once fully dried, tuck the cover into flap as indicated. Insert the Blood Spot Collection Card into the biohazard bag containing the desiccant and seal tightly (each resealable bag holds a maximum of 5 cards).





Shipping Within the US

Use the white first class prepaid envelope provided. Drop the envelope off at the US postal office or give to your mail carrier. The tracking number is located on the envelope for your convenience.

Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, & US Virgin Islands

Mail specimen via US Postal Service with the prepaid Priority Mail Envelope provided. The tracking number is located on the envelope for your convenience. A more immediate delivery is at the cost of the practitioner.

Use the shipping supplies provided with the test kit to return your sample.


Shipping From Canada

Shipping Contents Include:

• 1 Large Clinical Pak

•1 FedEx self-adhesive pouch with mailing label (attached to Clinical pak)

•2 Waybills (prepacked in Fed-ex pouch)

•1 commercial invoice (prepacked in Fed-ex pouch)

Place Crush proof Cardboard box inside FedEx Clinic Pak and seal.

Do not remove the enclosed waybills and commercial invoice from inside the self-adhesive fed-ex pouch.

Contact FedEx for pickup: 1.800.463.3339


Shipping Outside of US & Canada

Client is responsible for the shipping cost.


Need Assistance

If you have questions regarding the collection process or shipping instructions, please contact our customer support team.


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