Biomarker Materials

Dried Blood Spot (DBS) Collection

Whatman 903 Protein Saver cards
There are 2 versions:  one with 5 circles and one with 4 circles (the pull-apart card).  Either can be used for research purposes.

Dessicant packs
Typically, one dessicant pack is placed in with one DBS card in an envelope for storage.  
Whatman dessicants: Item #10548234

Both of the above are available from the following vendors, as well as others:

We recommend using a lancet with a blade, rather than a needle, and maximum depth in order to provide maximum flow for DBS collection.  
BD Microtainer Contact-Activated Lancets (Blue); Item # 366594

These lancets are available from multiple vendors.

Additional supplies with no specified manufacturer or vendor:
Small plastic bags that seal tightly to hold individual DBS cards (typically “sandwich” size)
Large plastic bags to hold sets of individually packaged DBS cards (typically “gallon” size)
Gauze squares (typically 2 x 2 inches)
Alcohol wipes
Sterile drapes (typically 18 x 26 inches)
Gloves (to protect data collector)



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