Dried Blood Spot Collection
In the recent years, dried blood spot (DBS) sampling for EPO testing has emerged as a potential alternative to invasive blood sampling. By 2022 all WADA laboratories aim to adopt a form of DBS sample collection and analysis.
DBS Collection Card (Art.1440)
The DBS collection filters from MAIIA Diagnostics contain a pre-punched sample collection area. 2-3 drops of blood (50-75 µL) are collected from a finger prick. The blood is soaked onto a collection filter and air dried for a few minutes. The collected DBS samples are then shipped to laboratories for analysis. These samples can be transported through regular mail, courier or express mail delivery services at ambient temperature. There is no need for maintaining a cold chain during transportation, and samples do not need to be collected by trained phlebotomists, thereby significantly reducing the cost for collecting samples.
When DBS samples arrived to laboratory, just pop out the DBS disc and put it directly into our EPO Purification Gel Kit column (Art.1430), order separately, for extraction, immuno-purification and concentration of EPOs. This can be done with a regular tube rotator, some kind of vacuum source and a microcentrifuge. Easy and rapid purification without any expensive equipment.
Contact us for customize DBS kits such as pre-punched collection area for 20-50 µL, safety lances, on printed boxes or envelopes etc.