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DBS (5-SPOT) Card

What is the DBS (5-Spot) Card?

The sample collection area of the 903 Protein Saver Card contains five half-inch (13 mm) circles. Each circle holds 75-80 µl of sample. The wraparound cover has spaces for name and date of collection and space to apply specimen label.

What do I need to do before I start collecting my blood sample?

Before you start collecting your blood sample, make sure to do the following:

Check the contents of your kit. The kit includes:

  • 1 DBS Collection Card
  • 2 Lancets (One extra if needed)
  • 1 Alcohol Swab1 Adhesive Bandage
  • 1 Gauze Pad
  • 1 Test Requisition & Consent Form
  • 1 Return Mail Envelope

Important Collection Information:

  • Fasting for 8-10 hours prior to blood collection is recommended for all tests.
  • Improper collection of blood specimens may affect laboratory results. Carefully read and follow the collection instructions provided with your kit.
  • Persons with hemophilia or anti-coagulation therapy should consult a licensed physician or healthcare professional before using this kit.

Video Credit: Stanford Center for Health Education in collaboration with the South and Southeast Asian Community-based Trials Network (SEACTN). Some of the instructions are specific to SEACTN, but we hope the majority of the instructions are still helpful and applicable to a general audience for the purposes of sample collection.