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Capillary blood sample kit

A: Not for current challenges

The capillary blood kit is already available through Sebia where they use it to take blood for HbA1c and post to the laboratory. This is a fine capillary tube coated with EDTA used to take blood from a finger prick test and then the capillary tube is placed in a transport tube. The transport tube at present contains a solution so that the sample can be put straight onto the analyser for HbA1c. However, this buffer could be changed to one suitable for the antibody test.

 

Have you validated this method, if so, how and what were the results of the validation?​

This method has been validated for HbA1c work so the collection and transport work. For its present useage the blood is viable for 8 days at room temperature.

How quickly could this be deployed and what are the dependencies?​

A contact would need to be made to the company Sebia, but the capillary tubes and transport tubes are already manufactured.

What is the likely production volume?​

These tubes are provided originally for HbA1c analysis, this being a common test I imagine the production volume is large, a contact at Sebia Lisses France could provide more detail.

What are the risks and barriers to using this at scale?​

As this is a sample to be taken at home there is no guarantee that the blood is from that patient.

Postage of samples could overwhelm Royal Mail

Who are you already partnering with on this?

Sebia is the company who provide the tubes at present.

How does this fit into a tracked sample pathway?

The tubes can be sent with barcodes so that once the patient has taken the sample this would provide unique identification. It could be adapted to include the NHS number of the patient for a permanent medical record.

Tracey Staughton

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Bev Matthews 8 months ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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Bev Matthews 8 months ago

Status labels added: B: One to watch, E: Requires a connection

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Bev Matthews 8 months ago

Hello Tracey, thank you for your submission, which has been reviewed. A fuller response will follow once further opportunities have been explored. Thank you Bev

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Tom Jordan 6 months ago

Status label added: A: Not for current challenges

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Tom Jordan 6 months ago

Hello Tracey,

Thanks for sharing this. In light of the MHRA's 8 June letter on results using capillary blood sample collection kits, we are not able to pursue this at the moment. As with all ideas on the platform we are keeping a record of what people have posted in case it is helpful to make future contact.

I hope you understand and we're very grateful again for your input on the platform.

Tom
Testing Methods team

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Bev Matthews 4 months ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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