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.
The early adopters of microsampling technology include some of the most innovative companies, scientists, and institutions in clinical research and healthcare. We’ve explored the work of Altasciences before, and we’re not surprised to discover that their appetite for innovation extends beyond anti-epileptic drug monitoring, extraction methodology, and clinical research per se, into the realm of dried blood sample storage.
Considering how much technological innovation is impacting and shaping healthcare, it's a bit odd that so many medical and research practices remain reliant on traditional venipuncture. Anyone who works with wet blood - or has their blood taken - is aware of its limitations.
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Topics: Clinical Research, Clinical Trials, Dried Blood Spot Sampling, RNA / DNA from Dried Blood, Remote / Home Blood Collection, Blood Sample Transport / Storage, Smarter Healthcare, Patient Monitoring
Working with traditional wet blood specimens has always raised safety concerns and posed logistical challenges. Blood sample storage and cold chain shipping require navigating an increasingly complicated maze of regulatory issues. It's no wonder that dried blood spotting has emerged in the last few decades as a preferable alternative in many cases.
Blood samples are not usually tested at the same site where the blood is drawn. The blood must be shipped to the laboratory, which can be next door or across town, or hundreds of miles away. Some laboratories do unique examinations and can be located halfway across the country. Thus, labs have developed standard procedures for the storage and transport of blood samples to ensure there is no interference with the tests.
Topics: Blood Sample Transport / Storage