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How to obtain a dried blood spot sample: training video is launched

A step-by-step training video for using CMFT's Dried Blood Spot Analysis service has been released.

The short video explains the simple process of obtaining a dried blood spot sample and posting it back to our Virology department for testing. (Please note that a different technique is used to obtain dried blood spot samples for newborn screening)

Dried blood spot analysis is a technique which allows a test to be performed on a sample obtained by just a finger prick.

The service is designed for those patients from whom it is difficult to obtain venous blood, especially for intra venous drug users.

The training video includes details of what you will find in the special dried blood spot postal packs, which are available from Manchester Medical Microbiology Partnership (MMMP) (paediatric/infant packs are available on request), instructions on how to complete the request form, followed by a demonstration of how to obtain an adequate sample safely.

A range of assays is available from CMFT using dried blood spot samples, including: Hepatitis B core antibody, Hepatitis B surface antigen, Hepatitis C antibody, Hepatitis C RNA Screening, Hepatitis C Genotyping, HIV Ag/Ab, and Syphilis antibody.