This webinar will introduce dried
blood spots (DBS) as an alternative specimen type for infectious disease
testing. The speakers will discuss pre-analytical considerations that need to
be considered with DBS collections, provide potential uses for this specimen
type and review recently literature evaluating DBS specimens for the diagnosis
of infectious diseases.
Describe the pre-analytical considerations necessary to ensure optimal DBS specimen collections.
List clinical scenarios for which DBS specimens may be preferred for clinical laboratory testing in routine patient care.
Discuss performance characteristics of DBS specimen types for select infectious disease serologic and molecular assays.