Capillary sample
   
Capillary sample

A capillary sample of blood is obtained by pricking the skin's surface to obtain a drop or several drops of blood for laboratory testing. The usual location of capillary blood sampling is the skin of the finger or heel.


Review Date: 5/1/2011
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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