Blood Kits Snapshot
Recently I’ve been working on making kits for collecting blood samples from participants. Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the materials:
Sample collection for the PGP is uniquely complicated. Most studies collect from people who are already patients, and they’re all visiting a particular clinic — but we want to collect nationwide. (No, you shouldn’t have to fly out to Boston!) Our colleagues at the Feinstein Institute are working together with us, we hope we can create a kit that a network of phlebotomists can use. It has several blood collection tubes, packaging materials, overnight FedEx labels, and instructions for both participants and phlebotomists… there’s a lot of moving parts! I’ve got a fair amount of experience programming computers, but these days it seems I’m programming humans…
Four brave participants in the New York City area have volunteered their time to pilot these with our Feinstein Institute colleagues (who are based in Manhasset, NY). Our fingers are crossed, it’s exciting to develop a standard procedure for this!