Collecting a MonitorYou at-home dried blood spot sample is different from taking a fingerprick test with your doctor or taking a daily blood glucose measurement. The drops of blood need to be large and soaked through to the back of the card
Watch our instructional video below to learn how to collect the best sampleYouTube instructional video
Download the step-by-step instructions for collecting a dried blood spot HERE
Before you start, ensure your hands are warm. This will help to stimulate blood flow, making it easier for you to get a large blood drop. You can increase circulation by:
The best sample is often taken from the tip of the ring or middle finger (end of the finger in the centre). When you’re ready to take your sample, hold the lancet against the tip of your finger and gently push down until it activates. Try not to move your hand away.
Once you’ve pricked your finger and wiped away the first drop of blood, hold your finger over the blood collection card in a vertical position, using your other hand as support. With your support hand, apply pressure to your finger tip and nail and massage down the finger.
Allow a large drop of blood to form, enough to almost fall off the finger. Be patient as sometimes it can take a while for a large blood drop to form. Then touch the blood drop to the card but do not touch the card with your finger.