safety concerns in finger-stick capillary blood sampling

Posted by Neoteryx on Apr 17, 2018 8:02:00 AM

Capillary finger-prick blood draws have gained popularity. This is partly in response to innovations in point of care testing and remote sampling. Capillary blood has distinct advantages in hospital labs, clinical labs, and in other circumstances requiring on-site sampling and other more traditional blood collection practices. An ongoing quest to streamline workflows and make them more efficient has led to a reconsideration of dried blood spot sampling.

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Topics: Clinical Diagnostics, Clinical Trials, Alternative to Dried Blood Spot, Pediatrics, Capillary Blood Sampling

is dried blood a biohazard?

Posted by Neoteryx on Apr 9, 2018 6:06:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Alternative to Dried Blood Spot, Capillary Blood Sampling, Alternative to Venipuncture

the hematocrit bias: a very brief introduction

Posted by Neoteryx on Mar 22, 2018 6:54:00 AM

For decades, Dried Blood Spot (DBS) cards have served as a useful alternative to painful venipuncutre, cold chain shipping and storage, and other hassles of wet blood collection. However, they have come with their own problems that have sandbagged their widespread adoption.

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Topics: Capillary Blood Sampling

5 common capillary puncture sites

Posted by Neoteryx on Jan 23, 2018 5:15:00 AM

Capillary blood sampling is becoming a common way to minimize the amount of blood drawn from a patient. The 10 or 20 microliters can be used to look for anemia, check blood sugar or even to evaluate thyroid function. The procedure is easier and less painful than traditional venipuncture which draws blood from a vein.

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Topics: Capillary Blood Sampling

how to use capillary blood samples in pediatric PK studies

Posted by Neoteryx on Dec 5, 2017 6:10:00 AM

Pharmacokinetic (PK) studies investigate the absorption and movement of drugs within the body. Since children absorb and process drugs differently than adults do, PK studies have to be done on children to determine safe and effective doses.

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Topics: Clinical Diagnostics, Capillary Blood Sampling

microsampling and patient-centered medicine

Posted by Neoteryx on Nov 30, 2017 5:28:00 AM

In days gone by, the doctor was considered a deity of sorts. Nurses and technicians stood at attention when this Olympian individual walked into a room. Most patients understood that they would be wise to follow the doctor's orders with precision and without question. That was doctor-centered medicine.

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Topics: Capillary Blood Sampling, Alternative to Venipuncture, Remote Patient Monitoring