Sample Collection Guide

Here you can find the instruction videos explaining the sample collection methods for all Homed-IQ tests. Each video demonstrates a different sample collection method.

Find our expert advice on how to collect a successful blood sample below.

Blood Collection Tips

Here are tips to help you collect a successful blood sample: 

  • Drink plenty of water 30 minutes before collection. 
  • Warm your hands well.
    • Take a warm shower beforehand or run your hands under warm water for a few minutes.
  • Do jumping jacks or swing your arms and clench and unclench your fists for 1 minute.
  • Start by pricking your ring finger, slightly to the side of the fingertip where the skin is soft.
    • Do not prick your finger with anything other than the lancets provided in your test kit.
  • Wipe the first drop of blood away with the included alcohol-free disinfectant wipe.
  • Massage your hand, starting with your palm and first two thirds of the finger. 
  • Avoid applying too much pressure to the fingertip as this can damage blood cells and cause the sample to become unusable.
  • Don’t scrape your finger on the edge of the tube. 
    • Let the blood drip into the tube or gently touch the blood droplet to the edge of the tube.
  • If you need to prick a second finger, use the middle finger next.
  • Once you have filled the blood tube, gently invert the tube 8-10 times.


If you have used all included lancets and could not fill the tube to the indicated fill line, contact us at [email protected]. We will arrange additional lancets to be delivered to you.

Other Sample Tips

If you cannot collect a sample or are not sure if you performed the test correctly, you can always reach out to our support team at [email protected].