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Collection of Fingernail Scrapings

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Collection Procedures for Fingernail Scrapings

Collection procedures for fingernail scrapings are:

  • Use a rounded end of a toothpick to collect the evidence
  • A separate toothpick should be used for each hand
  • Collect the scrapings (and the toothpick) into a piece of folded paper (use a separate piece for each hand)
  • Place the evidence in separate labeled envelopes

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