Preparing for the test

What's in your kit

Actual kit components may vary in shape, brand and color. Missing anything? Email support@imaware.health and we’ll get to the bottom of it.

Lancet (x4)
Microtube (x1)
Alcohol pad (x4)
Bandage (x4)
Biohazard bag (x1)
Return envelope (x1)

Here's what's next

We’ll walk you through every step of the sample collection process.

Continue to hydration

First, let’s get you hydrated

We want to make sure you are well hydrated prior to taking the test. This will help with blood flow when you collect your sample.

Please drink 16oz (or two full glasses) of water.

Now that you're hydrated

We’ll offer some hand warming tips to open up your capillaries.

Continue to hand warming

Now, let’s get your hands warmed up

Ensure your hands are warmed up as much as possible. Warm water will help open up your capillaries and get your blood flowing.

Run your hands under warm water for one minute.

Feel free to use our one-minute timer.

All warmed up? Good!

Next, you’ll get a quick exercise in to ensure your blood flow is as optimal as possible.

Continue to exercise

Time to get your blood flowing

Do some moderate exercise for two minutes. We recommend doing some quick jumping jacks, but do whatever exercise you are comfortable with. If you have a smart watch or a heart monitor, we recommend getting your heart rate above 100 beats per minute.

Try one (or more) of the following exercises:

1 minute of squats
2 minutes of jumping jacks
2 minutes of high knees

Feel free to use our two-minute timer.

You’re nearly there

Now it's time to prepare your finger for the sample collection.

Continue to preparation

Before you prick your finger

Let’s prepare to get the best results possible.

You will need to do the following:

  • We recommend using your “ring” finger as this finger is usually the least calloused.

  • Wipe your finger with the provided alcohol swab.


  • Remove the microtube cap.


  • Twist and remove the cap on your lancet. It is now ready to use.

Once you are ready

We’ll show you how to collect your sample.

I am ready to use the lancet

Now apply the lancet

Be patient and take your time! This process should only take a few minutes.

You will need to do the following:

  • Apply the lancet on either side of your finger.


  • Press the lancet into your finger until you hear a click.


  • Massage (don't squeeze) your finger to increase blood flow.

Here is what to look for

Your test requires 250 microliters of blood (fill to the line indicated on your microtube)

Perfect sample

An ideal sample will be filled to the 250 microliter line.

Not enough blood

Massage (don’t squeeze) a few more drops from the base of your finger to your second knuckle. Use another lancet, if needed.

Blood in wrong end

Insert the blood in the larger end of the tube.

If your sample looks incorrect, please do not return your sample. Email support@imaware.health

Once your sample looks correct

Let’s walk you through some important steps before you can return your sample!

Ready to return my sample

Returning your sample

A few steps are required before you can ship your sample back to the lab.

1

Replace cap and invert tube

Replace the cap and twist until your sample is secured. Invert the microtube 5-10 times to mix the contents and prevent clotting.

2

Secure your sample

Put your sample in the biohazard bag. Then, place your sample back in the box and close it.

3

Put the box in the return envelope

Once your sample is secured in the biohazard bag and box, place it in the return envelope.

Drop it off at UPS today

Now that your sample is secure, it’s time to return it! Please drop your sample off today - before the last drop off time of the day - to ensure it is viable when the lab receives it. Shipping is already paid for.

Here's what you can expect:

Today

Drop off your sample the same day it was collected

In one business day

The lab will receive your sample

In seven business days

We will email you when your results are available

Find a UPS near me
Once you are finished, click here to return back to the dashboard.

Preparing for the test

What's in your kit

Actual kit components may vary in shape, brand and color. Missing anything? Email support@imaware.health and we’ll get to the bottom of it.

Lancet (x4)
Microtube (x1)
Alcohol pad (x4)
Bandage (x4)
Biohazard bag (x1)
Return envelope (x1)

Here's what's next

We’ll walk you through every step of the sample collection process.

Continue to hydration

First, let’s get you hydrated

We want to make sure you are well hydrated prior to taking the test. This will help with blood flow when you collect your sample.

Please drink 16oz (or two full glasses) of water.

Now that you're hydrated

We’ll offer some hand warming tips to open up your capillaries.

Continue to hand warming

Now, let’s get your hands warmed up

Ensure your hands are warmed up as much as possible. Warm water will help open up your capillaries and get your blood flowing.

Run your hands under warm water for one minute.

Feel free to use our one-minute timer.

All warmed up? Good!

Next, you’ll get a quick exercise in to ensure your blood flow is as optimal as possible.

Continue to exercise

Time to get your blood flowing

Do some moderate exercise for two minutes. We recommend doing some quick jumping jacks, but do whatever exercise you are comfortable with. If you have a smart watch or a heart monitor, we recommend getting your heart rate above 100 beats per minute.

Try one (or more) of the following exercises:

1 minute of squats
2 minutes of jumping jacks
2 minutes of high knees

Feel free to use our two-minute timer.

You’re nearly there

Now it's time to prepare your finger for the sample collection.

Continue to preparation

Before you prick your finger

Let’s prepare to get the best results possible.

You will need to do the following:

  • We recommend using your “ring” finger as this finger is usually the least calloused.

  • Wipe your finger with the provided alcohol swab.


  • Remove the microtube cap.


  • Twist and remove the cap on your lancet. It is now ready to use.

Once you are ready

We’ll show you how to collect your sample.

I am ready to use the lancet

Now apply the lancet

Be patient and take your time! This process should only take a few minutes.

You will need to do the following:

  • Apply the lancet on either side of your finger.


  • Press the lancet into your finger until you hear a click.


  • Massage (don't squeeze) your finger to increase blood flow.

Here is what to look for

Your test requires 400 microliters of blood (fill to the line indicated on your microtube)

Perfect sample

An ideal sample will be filled to the 400 microliter line.

Not enough blood

Massage (don’t squeeze) a few more drops from the base of your finger to your second knuckle. Use another lancet, if needed.

Blood in wrong end

Insert the blood in the larger end of the tube.

If your sample looks incorrect, please do not return your sample. Email support@imaware.health

Once your sample looks correct

Let’s walk you through some important steps before you can return your sample!

Ready to return my sample

Returning your sample

A few steps are required before you can ship your sample back to the lab.

1

Replace cap and invert tube

Replace the cap and twist until your sample is secured. Invert the microtube 5-10 times to mix the contents and prevent clotting.

2

Secure your sample

Put your sample in the biohazard bag. Then, place your sample back in the box and close it.

3

Put the box in the return envelope

Once your sample is secured in the biohazard bag and box, place it in the return envelope.

Drop it off at UPS today

Now that your sample is secure, it’s time to return it! Please drop your sample off today - before the last drop off time of the day - to ensure it is viable when the lab receives it. Shipping is already paid for.

Here's what you can expect:

Today

Drop off your sample the same day it was collected

In one business day

The lab will receive your sample

In seven business days

We will email you when your results are available

Find a UPS near me
Once you are finished, click here to return back to the dashboard.

Prepare for sample collection

Collecting a blood sample at home is easy when you’re prepared. Follow these steps to get a good sample:

Lay out your kit

Sample collection is fast, so make sure you have everything ready to go in front of you.

Take off your rings

Your blood vessels need to be unobstructed, so please remove any rings you’re wearing.

Drink lots of water

Drink at least one large glass of water to ensure you collect the volume of blood required.

Get your blood flowing

Get your heart pumping to 100 beats per minute to increase blood flow and deliver the volume you need.

Choose exercises suited to your abilities, or try these:

1 minute of squats
2 minutes of jumping jacks
2 minutes of high knees

Wash your hands under water as hot as you can tolerate for 60 seconds

Hot water opens the blood vessels in your hands, making it easy to draw out enough blood.

Have you followed the steps above? When all the boxes are checked, you're ready to continue.

Collect your sample

Now that you’re ready for the test, it’s time to take it! Follow the video below to collect your sample.

Some important do’s and don’ts

Having trouble? These tips will help:

Do's

Point your finger down while massaging your palm.
Wipe the insertion point after every 2-3 drops to keep it open.
Use a second lancet, if needed.

Dont's

Squeeze your fingertip; this will damage your blood cells and may compromise your sample.
Get frustrated; another lancet is there if you need it.

What your sample should look like:

A sample collection device
The collection device is filled slightly above the 100 line.

What not to do:

A sample collection device
The collection device was filled from the wrong end.
Please contact

Here’s what your sample should look like:

Each spot is filled in

Place 1 large drop of blood into each circle, until completely full and saturated.

Allow time to dry

Your sample will take at least 30 minutes until visibly dry.

A sample collection device

Here’s what your sample should look like:

Each spot is filled in

Place 1 large drop of blood into each circle, until completely full and saturated.

Allow time to dry

Your sample will take at least 30 minutes until visibly dry.

A sample collection device

What not to do:

A sample collection device
Not enough blood, add more drops
A sample collection device
Still not enough blood, add another drop
A sample collection device
Too much blood
Please contact

What not to do:

A sample collection device
Not enough blood, add more drops
A sample collection device
Still not enough blood, add another drop
A sample collection device
Too much blood
Please contact

Here’s what your sample should look like:

Both strips turn red past the first line

Place 4 blood drops into the left square until it migrates past the first line indicated.

Allow time to dry

Your sample will take at least 30 minutes until visibly dry.

A sample collection device

What not to do:

A sample collection device
Not enough blood, add more drops
A sample collection device
Still not enough blood, add another drop
A sample collection device
Blood placed in the wrong area
Please contact

Here’s what your sample should look like:

Strip turns red past the first line

Place 4 blood drops into the left square until it migrates past the first line indicated.

Allow time to dry

Your sample will take at least 30 minutes until visibly dry.

A sample collection device

What not to do:

A sample collection device
Not enough blood, add more drops
A sample collection device
Still not enough blood, add another drop
A sample collection device
Blood placed in the wrong area
Please contact

Here’s what your sample should look like:

A sample collection device

Forms a tail

Add blood to the center of the device until it forms a tail.

Visibly dry

Your sample should be visibly dry within 5-10 minutes.

What not to do:

A sample collection device
Not enough blood, add more drops
A sample collection device
Still not enough blood, add another drop
A sample collection device
Too much blood, not dry
Please contact

What your sample should look like:

A sample collection device
The collection device is filled to the 400 line or a little bit over it.
The collection device is filled a little bit over the 400 line.

What not to do:

A sample collection device
The collection device was filled at the wrong end. Please contact support@imaware.health
A sample collection device
Not enough blood. Add a few more drops.

Having difficulty getting blood?

Wash your hands under hot water again and try a few more light exercises to get your heart rate back up.

Go back to Prepare

Before you move on to the next step, the following boxes must be checked.

Drop off your package

To keep your sample in top form, return your package to your nearest UPS location as soon as possible. The sooner you ship it back, the better.

Find your closest UPS location
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