Accu-Tell® Alcohol Rapid Test Strip (Saliva)
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Detection for: Alcohol in human saliva at a cut-off concentration of 0.02% (20mg/dL);
Reading time: 2 minutes;
Two-thirds of all adults drink alcohol.1However, alcohol intoxication can lead to loss of alertness, coma, death and birth defects. The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at which a person becomes impaired is variable. The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has established a BAC of 0.02%(20mg/dL) as the cut-off level at which an individual is considered positive for the presence of alcohol. Determination of ethyl alcohol in urine, blood and saliva is commonly used for measuring legal impairment, alcohol poisoning, etc. Gas chromatography techniques and enzymatic methods are commercially available for the determination of ethyl alcohol in human fluids. ACCU-TELL® Alcohol Rapid Test Strip (Saliva) is designed to detect ethyl alcohol in saliva specimens.
ACCU-TELL® Alcohol Rapid Test Strip (Saliva) is a One Step method for the detection of Alcohol in human saliva at a cut-off concentration of 0.02% (20mg/dL).
This assay provides only a qualitative, preliminary analytical test result. An alternate, non-enzymatic technology must be used in order to obtain a confirmed analytical result. Headspace gas chromatography is the preferred confirmatory method.
Allow the pouched strip to equilibrate to room temperature (15-27°C) prior to testing.
Abstain from placing anything in the mouth for fifteen (15) minutes prior to beginning the test. This includes non-alcoholic drinks, tobacco products, coffee, breath mints and food, etc
1. Open the pouch package and remove the test strip. Observe the reactive pad on the end of the test strip. If the reaction pad has a blue color before applying saliva sample, do not use.
2. Saturate the reactive pad with saliva from collection cup or by applying saliva directly to the pad. (It usually takes 6-8 seconds to be saturated.) Start timer immediately after saliva application.
3. Read result at two (2) minutes. Compare the color of the reaction pad with the color card to determine the relative blood alcohol level.
The following data were obtained based on 60 clinical samples.
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The detection limit on ACCU-TELL® Alcohol Strip (Saliva) is from 0.02% to 0.30%
ACCU-TELL® Alcohol Strip (Saliva) will react with methyl, ethyl and allyl alcohols.
The following substances may interfere with ACCU-TELL® Alcohol Strip (Saliva) :
These compounds are not normally present in sufficient amount in urine to interfere with the test.
1. Failure to wait 15 minutes after placing food, drink, or other materials (including smoking) in the mouth before running the test can produce erroneous results due to possible contamination of the saliva by interfering substances.
2. ACCU-TELL® Alcohol Strip (Saliva) is highly sensitive to the presence of alcohol. Alcohol vapors in the air are sometimes detected by ACCU-TELL® Alcohol Strip (Saliva). Alcohol vapors are present in many institutions and homes. Alcohol is a component in many household products such as disinfectant, deodorizers, perfumes, and glass cleaners. If the presence of alcohol vapors is suspected, the test should be performed in an area known to be free of vapors.
3. Ingestion or general use of over-the-counter medications and products containing alcohol can produce positive results.
Note: The above information is for reference use only. Please refer to the product insert provided with the products before use.