How blood collection works


Select a sampling device

1.

Wash your hands

Carefully wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds


2.

Improve blood circulation

Rub your hands for at least 1 minute to make them warm and improve blood circulation


3.

Disinfect the finger

Use alcohol pad to disinfect the finger from which you are taking the sample. Disinfect whole fingertip


4.

Prick the fingertip

To prick the fingertip, firmly press the lancet against your finger – you should hear a clicking noise and feel light pain


5.

Massage the pricked finger (optional)

Gently massage the pricked finger from palm to finger tip to improve blood flow from the wound. You can leave this step if you bleed well


6.

Wipe away the first blood drop

Wipe away the first drop of blood with sterile gauze


7.

Take a sample

Take the dried-blood-spot card and gently drip a drop of blood onto one of the circles. Touch the circle only with blood, not with the fingertip. Repeat on the second circle


8.

Stop bleeding

After taking the sample, press sterile gauze gently on the sampling site and wait until bleeding stops. This should not take more than 2 – 5 minutes


9.

Protect yourself

Cover the sampling site with band - aid to protect yourself and your environment from infection


10.

Let the dried-blood-spot dry

After caring for the sampling site, let the dried-blood-spot card dry for at least 1 hour...


11.

Pack the card

...then put the card into the plastic bag with desiccant


12.

Fill in the study form

Enter data about the sample and your health on the project website


13.

Send samples

Place the plastic bags with samples into pre-franked envelope and ship by standard post


1.

Wash your hands

Carefully wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds


2.

Improve blood circulation

Rub your hands for at least 1 minute to make them warm and improve blood circulation


3.

Disinfect the finger

Use alcohol pad to disinfect the finger from which you are taking the sample. Disinfect whole fingertip


4.

Prick the fingertip

To prick the fingertip, firmly press the lancet against your finger – you should hear a clicking noise and feel light pain


5.

Massage the pricked finger (optional)

Gently massage the pricked finger from palm to finger tip to improve blood flow from the wound. You can leave this step if you bleed well


6.

Wipe away the first blood drop

Wipe away the first drop of blood with sterile gauze


7.

Take a sample

Take the Mitra sample carrier and gently touch the surface of the blood drop from above. Let the tip absorb until it is completely filled. Repeat with second tip


8.

Stop bleeding

After taking the sample, press sterile gauze gently on the sampling site and wait until bleeding stops. This should not take more than 2 – 5 minutes


9.

Protect yourself

Cover the sampling site with band - aid to protect yourself and your environment from infection


10.

Close the Mitra tip and pack it

After caring for the sampling site, close the Mitra tip sampling carrier and place it in the plastic bag with desiccant


11.

Fill in the study form

Enter data about the sample and your health on the project website


12.

Send samples

Place the plastic bags with samples into pre-franked envelope and ship by standard post