HEEL-PRICK KIT

ABOUT THIS KIT

This kit contains instructions and devices for the collection of a blood sample via heel prick from children aged 1+. With it, you can collect a sample at home which is analysed in a laboratory.

After following all the instructions, send an e- mail to info@biosmart.com to notify us that the sample is ready for collection.

CONTENTS

Our At-home Blood Collection Kit Consists of:

2 x Retractable Safety Lancets | 1 x Blood Collection Tube | 1 x Alcohol Swab | 2 x Plasters | 1 x Biohazard Return Bag | 1 x Large Envelope

  • Read all instructions prior to collection.
  • Do not use if packaging or devices are damaged.
  • Do not use if the expiry date has passed.
  • For single use only.
  • Follow the instructions carefully.

Disclaimer: Blood Sample Collection Method

Heel-prick blood sampling is a less invasive alternative to venepuncture and is widely accepted for collecting capillary blood for certain tests. However, please note that results obtained from heel-prick samples may differ slightly from those obtained through traditional venepuncture due to factors such as sample size, collection technique and individual variability. While we take every precaution to ensure accuracy, it is important to consider the specific circumstances of the sample collection when interpreting results, especially for tests where small variations can be significant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the sample collection method or its potential impact on your results, please consult your healthcare provider or the BioSmart laboratory.

SAMPLE COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1

Place the contents of the sample collection kit on a clean surface.

STEP 2

Write the child’s name on the tube sticker & complete the form at the bottom of this page.

STEP 3

Next, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.

STEP 4

Twist the lid off the blood collection tube then stand it upright.

STEP 5

Ensure that the foot to be pricked is free from injuries. Next, select one of the indicated heel-prick sites, at the bottom of the heel, on the outer edge.

STEP 6

Swaddling or holding the infant by parents is encouraged as the procedure can be mildly painful. Holding the foot in a lower position to the infant may aid blood flow.

STEP 7

Hold the infant’s foot with a moderately firm grip, ensuring the forefinger is placed at the arch of the foot and the thumb below the puncture site at the ankle.

STEP 8

Clean the selected site with the alcohol swab provided and allow it to dry for 30 seconds.

STEP 9

Select a heel-prick blood collection device. Rotate its protective cover once before carefully removing it. Do not use the device if its cover is loose or missing.

STEP 10

Place the safety lancet flat against the heel within the correct puncture site area (as shown in STEP 5), avoiding the back part of the heel.

STEP 11

Wipe off the first drop of blood with cotton wool and discard.

STEP 12

Hold the heel in the position described in Step 7, keeping your remaining fingers between the top of the foot and ankle. Apply gentle pressure to enable blood flow.

After the heel is pricked, blood drops form and are collected by touching the edge of the blood collection tube to the droplet (no direct contact necessary). Fill the tube to its upper line.

STEP 13

Replace the collection tube’s cap and press it firmly until you hear it click.

STEP 14

Wipe the child’s heel with the swab, wash and dry your hands and apply the plaster to the heel.

STEP 15

Do not shake the tube. Only invert it gently, at least 10 times.

STEP 16

Place the collection tube inside the biohazard return bag and seal it properly.

STEP 17

Return the biohazard bag to the BioSmart box and place the box inside the envelope, along with the completed form on this leaflet.

STEP 18

Send an e-mail to info@biosmart.com to notify us that the sample is ready for collection.

Note

Heel-prick procedures can be painful for infants. If you are concerned about (paediatric) allergies or your child’s health, it is strongly advised to first consult with an allergologist or a medical professional. We do not recommend allergy tests for infants under 12 months of age and are unable to issue refunds for tests purchased if the blood collection method fails to yield sufficient samples for analysis.