By August 30, 2013

Eldon Home Blood Test Kit Review

The usual ways to get your blood type are either to donate blood or to have some sort of medical procedure. The former means giving up a ton of blood and possibly fainting, the latter means enduring a messed up incident that put you in the medical system in the first place.

Eldon makes a blood test kit that you can use in your home. There are a ton of small directions that are easy to mix up or do wrong, but overall it’s a simple and fast process.

The kit works by observing how your blood reacts to three different reagents. There is a fourth control reagent to help you determine if your analysis is faulty or not.

The test protocol is lengthy and full of tiny steps, but each step is straightforward.

Add a single drop of water to each of the four test areas. Wash your paws, clean your fingertip with the provided alcohol swab, and pierce your fingertip with the provided needle.

Use one of the four provided sample collection tools to put a drop of blood on each of the test areas. Don’t use the collection tool more than once (that’s why there are four). Be careful not to mix the samples outside of the rings, and definitely keep them away from each other.

The blood / water / reagent may react and coagulate. You determine what your blood type is based on how your blood samples react.

Here’s how it works:

I screwed up my test (too many drops of water) and one of my tests was inconclusive. This means that I have to do the test over again. It’s my fault, but there are so many little steps I don’t think it’s probable that the average person will get the procedure 100% right. If you are testing more than one person at a time (like your partner or family, etc) then by the time you get to the third or fourth test you’ll probably do it more correctly than incorrectly.

Still, for $14 delivered via Amazon Prime I think it’s a good test and you can do it in the comfort of your own home. I read the directions twice, but there are so many steps and a time limit (two minutes from when you combine the first sample) be prepared to pay for a second kit.

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