We have made the DNA sampling process as simple as possible. Following these step-by-step instructions will help ensure a proper collection is received:

Prep

To ensure a valid DNA sample, do not eat or drink anything (except water) for at least 30 minutes prior to collection.

 


 

If you have yet to watch the pharmacogenomics educational video, or would like to review it again, visit the link provided through your NorthShoreConnect account or click here.

 


 

Required Patient Information

  • Complete the provided patient test requisition and consent form.
  • Fill out all required fields on the paper collection envelope.

 


 

Set up your swab drying station on a flat surface.

 


 

Place the sand timer near the drying station so it's ready for use during your sample collection.

 


 

Collection

Carefully open your swab package, then hold the middle of the swab handle. Do not touch the polyester/cotton swab tip. Use 1 swab per cheek.

 


 

First Swab

  • Rub the swab tip firmly against the inside of your left cheek for 60 seconds. Use the sand timer to keep track of the time.
  • Place the swab upright in the drying station.

 


 

Second Swab

  • Rub the swab tip firmly against the inside of your right cheek for 60 seconds. Use the sand timer to keep track of the time.
  • Place the swab upright in the drying station.

 


 

When finished with both swabs, make sure your swabs are upright in the drying station, undisturbed.

 


 

Set a timer for 1 hour and let the swabs air-dry.

If a swab becomes contaminated (e.g., dropped on the floor, touched by fingers, etc.), use the extra swabs provided.

 


 

Send

Once the swabs are completely dry, place them into the paper collection envelope (tip end first). Do not touch the swab tips. Then seal the envelope.

 


 

Place the paper collection envelope containing the swabs into the plastic collection bag, then close the bag. The silica pack (preservative) must remain in the plastic collection bag.

 


 

Place the top copy of your completed patient test requisition and consent form in the exterior pocket of the plastic bag to return with your sample. Put the bag into the original kit box to ship.

 


 

Remove the strip to expose the adhesive backing on the box flap, then close to seal the box. Place the provided FedEx return shipping label onto the back of the box.

 


 

Mail the shipping box via FedEx. It can be taken to any FedEx drop box location.