Step-by-Step | How to collect a MyHealthTest dried blood spot sample

Step-by-Step | How to collect a MyHealthTest dried blood spot sample


The MyHealthTest Dried Blood Spot Collection Kit is a convenient
way to collect blood for specific laboratory
tests without leaving home. The blood collection kit
contains the following items: a list of instructions which
you must read before starting, a blood collection card, an alcohol prep pad, two safety lancets, some gauze, two adhesive bandages, a card envelope, a requisition form, and a reply paid envelope. Write on the card your
full name and the date you are collecting the sample. Then open the gauze pad
and an adhesive bandage and set to one side. Warm up your hands by shaking
and rubbing them together to increase circulation. Select either your third or fourth finger. The best sample will be
collected from the softer skin on the side of your finger. Clean your fingertip
with the alcohol prep pad and allow it to air dry. Remove the lancet cap, and
place the lancet against the side of your fingertip. Gently press down to activate. Use the gauze pad to wipe
away the first drop of blood. Then place your finger over
the blood collection card, and allow a large drop of blood to form. Touch the drop of blood to the card, but make sure you don’t let
your finger touch the card. Make sure you only place one drop of blood on each circle as doubling up blood spots may interfere with the test results. Continue until you’ve filled a minimum of two circles on the card. (For the Thyroid Test min. of 3 drops of blood) Check on the reverse side to
make sure that each circle is close to fully saturated with blood. If the circle is not fully
saturated you can help more blood flow by gently
massaging your finger or hand, but don’t squeeze your finger. Then try again with the next circle. If the blood flow stops,
repeat the process using another finger to
fill the next circle. Warm your hands, clean your finger, use the second lancet
to create a blood drop, wipe away the first drop with the swab, and then spot blood on to the card. When you’re finished,
place an adhesive bandage over your finger. Place the blood collection
card in to the card envelope. Sign the requisition form, and place it together with
the blood collection card in to the reply paid envelope. You should mail this within 24 hours. You’ll be notified via email when your results are available. Then simply click on the link, and log in to your secure page
to view your test results. The My HealthTest Dried
Blood Spot Collection Kit is available from your
doctor, clinic, or pharmacy. Or you can order online
from myhealthtest.com (relaxing electronic music)