Tickborne Panels - Blood Spot

Test Details

Lab Company: Vibrant Wellness 
Sample Type: Blood Spot 
Collection Location: At Home

Vibrant Wellness' Tickborne Panels measure antibodies to various tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, to detect their presence and to assist practitioners in making diagnoses.    

🔑 Key Details 📦 Shipping
Preparation & Timing 📊 Results
🧪 Collection Instructions 📚 More Resources
💳 Requisition & Payment
💬 Questions?

Key Details 

  • These instructions are for the following tests: Tickborne Complete 1.0, Tickborne 2.0, Lyme + TBRF, Coinfections 1, Coinfections 2, and Opportunistic Infections. 
  • You will collect multiple blood spot cards to complete your test.
  • Let the collection cards dry for at least 2 hours prior to shipping.
  • Ship samples via FedEx using the provided, prepaid mailer.
  • Ship samples Monday - Friday only.

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Preparation & Timing

  • If you are currently taking (or have recently taken) any of the following medications, consult your healthcare provider regarding the timing of collection. These medications can cause falsely low or high antibody results.
    • Steroids
    • Immunosuppressive medications
    • Biologic agents
    • Other immunomodulating medications
  • You will collect multiple blood spot cards to complete your test.
    • If you have the Tickborne Complete 2.0 or the Tickborne Complete 1.0 + Coinfections 2, you will complete 4 cards (2 DBS cards and 2 DNA cards). 
    • All other tests will require 2 cards (1 DBS card and 1 DNA card).  

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Collection Instructions

  1. Write your name, date of birth, and the date and time of collection on the collection cards.
  2. Open the alcohol wipe
  3. Wash your hands with warm (not hot) water. 
  4. Dry your hands with a clean towel. 
  5. Rub your hands together and swing your arms to encourage blood flow. 
  6. Choose a finger on your non-dominant hand to poke.
  7. Rub your finger from base to tip. 
  8. In one single swoop, wipe the tip of your finger with the alcohol wipe.
  9. Open the lancet by twisting the small end off.
  10. Turn your palm up and press the lancet into the side of your chosen finger until you hear a click.
  11. Wipe the first drop of blood away with the gauze pad.
  12. Milk your finger from base to tip.
  13. Allow a blood drop to form.
  14. Let the blood drop fall from your finger into the collection circle.
    1. Do NOT touch your finger to the card.
  15. Fill the circle as full as possible.
    1. Do NOT add a second drop of blood to a circle.
  16. Fill in all of the collection card circles.
    1. You will collect blood on MULTIPLE COLLECTION CARDS. It is important that you fill all of the collection cards so that your test can be properly analyzed. 
  17. Use a gauze pad to wipe the blood off your finger and apply pressure.
  18. Bandage your finger.
  19. Leave the collection cards open to dry for at least 2 hours in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.
    1. Do NOT add additional blood drops after the spots have dried.
  20. Fold the collection card.
  21. Place the collection cards in the biohazard bag with the humidity indicator and silica gel packs.
  22. Seal the bag tightly.

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Requisition & Payment

  • Your kit has been prepaid. You do NOT need to pay anything extra.
  • Instructions on how to fill out your requisition can be found HERE.
    • Since you pre-paid for your tests, you do not need to fill in the payment information on any of these forms.

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Shipping

  • Ship your sample using the provided packing materials.
    • Ensure the collection cards have dried for at least 2 hours and is completely dry.
    • Place the collection cards in the biohazard bag with the humidity indicator and silica gel packs.
    • Seal the bag tightly.
    • Place the biohazard bag into the provided, prepaid bubble mailer.
  • Make a note of the tracking number on the included return label so that you can track your samples back to the lab.
  • Ship your sample via FedEx, Monday - Friday only.

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Results

  • Results should be released to your provider 7-14 days after samples are received at the lab. We cannot guarantee processing time. 
  • Your provider will notify you when your results are in and schedule a follow-up appointment for you to review them together. 
  • Your provider may choose to release your results to you. Rupa cannot release your results without provider authorization.

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More Resources

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Questions?

For general questions, email Rupa Health at support@rupahealth.com. For test-specific questions, contact Vibrant Wellness by calling 1-866-364-0963 or chatting with support