How can I reduce the chance of needing a retest when using a home kit?

Common errors and how to avoid them:

  • ‘Sample haemolysed’ – this can happen when you squeeze your finger too hard to get the blood out, and the blood cells are damaged. Be gentle when squeezing your finger to avoid this. It can also happen if you shake the tube too hard to mix it.
  • ‘Sample clotted’ - this occurs when the blood is allowed to clot before it is mixed with the liquid in the tube. To avoid this, gently invert the tube once full, to mix the blood.
  • ‘Insufficient sample’ – always make sure you fill the blood to the line.
  • ‘Bottle labeling error’ - Information on the label does not match the information on the order form. Please ensure all information submitted is consistent.

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