The United States now has more cases of COVID-19 than any other nation, including China and Italy. People are advised to stay at home as much as possible and to apply social distancing, in a bid to slow down the spread of the virus. Test volumes at the labs have been plummeting at an incredible rate as many individuals are hesitant to visit their health care provider or the clinics, in fear of the COVID-19 infections. Remote sampling tools can be a good alternative for patients to get tested without any form of physical contact between the patient and the physician. Such approach will be able to allow labs to reach patients who are postponing routine medical care during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Benefits of Dried Blood Spot Sampling
Dried blood spot sampling has already been known since the 1960s, known to be an effective sampling tool for the diagnostics of diverse hormonal and metabolic diseases in new-borns. The major advantage of dried blood spot sampling is that it does not require a physician and can be done by oneself. Moreover, most of the analytes can remain stable within the dried blood for weeks, allowing the sample to be transported to the labs at room temperature. It is recommended that you store the dried blood in a cool and dry surrounding– ideally in the fridge, for longer storage. Most importantly, the dried blood spots pose an extremely low risk of infection for the laboratory staff who handle the samples. With all the benefits and convenience, dried blood sampling is excellently suited as a remote testing alternative amidst the COVID-19 situation.
How Does Dried Blood Spot Sampling Work?
The procedure of blood sampling and extraction is very simple. The kits provided will contain a lancet and filter card, with given directions. Using a lancet, collect a drop of blood from the patient at home with a simple finger-prick. The blood drops are collected on a filter card. Do let the blood dry for at least 4 hours. Afterwards, the dried sample will be sent to a laboratory for testing.
If the test indicates that you may have the virus, we will contact you and your primary care provider immediately. If your test results are negative, and you haven’t been exposed, we will promptly inform you of the results as well.
Trust EnMed MicroAnalytics for COVID-19 Tests
At EnMed MicroAnalytics, Inc. (EnMed), we make it our mission to protect the most vulnerable groups in the community. EnMed MicroAnalytics, Inc. (EnMed) is certified by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments [CLIA], and led by Edwin Naylor, Ph.D., M.P.H., a High-Complexity CLIA-certified Lab Director. We specialize in minimally invasive screening of children, adults, the elderly and others with or without underlying medical conditions for exposure to COVID -19. EnMed offers the only screening tool for detecting COVID-19 antibodies that may be self-administered.
To help ensure you and your loved ones’ safety, and for your own peace of mind, trust EnMed MicroAnalytics.
When is Dried Blood Spot Sampling Best Used In COVID-19 Tests?
Those patients who are at the highest risk of life-threatening COVID-19 infection also often are the least mobile, and have the least access to routine medical care. These patients include the very elderly – often residing in nursing homes or assisted living settings – and Type 2 diabetics – many of whom have orthopedic disabilities. In addition, those persons who are relatively physically isolated – whether by vocation (e.g. deep water oil rig workers, Uniformed Service members on deployment), location (e.g. Native American Reservation, homeless encampments) or legal situation (incarceration) also may benefit.
Sampling tools such as Dried Blood Spot – DBS- testing are an excellent method for patients to get the medical answers that they need without requiring any physical contact between the patient and a physician – or any movement of the patient.