how to collect a blood sample: a smarter, simpler way
The rise of blood microsampling technology has dramatically simplified the process of blood collection. In many cases, it is no longer necessary to undergo painful venipuncture, to involve phlebotomists and complex lab equipment, or to use dry ice and biohazard shipping to get the blood sample safely to the clinic. Now, instead, there’s finger-prick / finger-stick sampling.
Volumetric Absorptive Microsampling (VAMS™) technology, developed by Neoteryx, combines the best of dried blood spot cards and other similar older dried blood collection methods while resolutely solving for their limitations (the hematocrit bias, significantly, among many others).
The rise of microsampling is explained by several factors:
- It's novel: A vital healthcare idea, 50 years in the making.
- It's economical: It saves money for lab directors and healthcare executives.
- It's convenient: Read on!
With this method, almost anyone (with minimal training) can collect a small, precise sample of blood (or another biological fluid), anywhere, at any time. It can be done on mountainside treks, in low-resourced regions, or even in a patient’s own den.
The process is so smart, so simple, nearly anyone can do it correctly with ease:
- The Finger-prick: A quick poke from a lancet can draw a drop or two of blood. That’s all that’s needed.
- The First Sample: Hold the tip steady for the moment it takes to fully absorb the ten or twenty microliters of blood (or other biological fluid).
- The Second Sample: In this way, fill as many tips as needed, whether you’re using the Mitra® Cartridge or four-pack Clamshell. It’s quick and simple.
- Seal: Enclose your samples in the included envelope (including desiccant)
- Ship: Send to the central lab for processing.
Why is this process so important? Microsampling, while absurdly simple, has numerous applications across the spectrum of health and wellness.
One of the most important areas in which microsampling is having an impact is the realm of remote patient monitoring. Find out how microsampling technology provides an important missing link in the RPM ecosystem and provides a secret weapon for those in pursuit of more patient-centric and value-based care.
And it's just getting started. Get briefed today on the microsampling revolution.