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Dip Cards-Urine (Custoffs listed on packaging and in package insert are expressed in ng/ml)

Pros

  • Lowest price per test
  • Easy to store and transport
  • Prevents donor from coming into contact with test strips

Cons

  • Requires dipping card into urine
  • Potential for spill and drips
  • Requires the purchase of collection cups
  • Flood potential depending on design

Instructions for Use-Dip Cards

  • Have donor provide some sort of identification
  • Donor should remove any unnecessary outer garments and empty all pockets
  • Lock all bags or purses in a secure location. DO NOT allow donor to enter the restroom or collection area with these items
  • Ensure that the collection site is secure. Turn off all water sources, blue the toilet water and remove all cleaners.
  • Provide the donor with a collection cup with an incorporated temperature strip
  • Ask donor to urinate directly into the collection cup providing a volume of at least 30 milliliters
  • When the donor returns the collection cup and urine, the collector should verify that the temperature reads between 90 and 100 F and that the sample is free from foreign materials and is normal in color
  • Check the expiration date and if good, tear open foil bag of the test in the presence of the donor and inspect dip card for any obvious signs of damage during shipment
  • Label the dip card with the donor information

Interpretation of Test Results

  • Remove the plastic cap from the end of the dip card exposing the dip strips
  • Dip the test strips into the urine for 15 seconds taking care not to allow the plastic of test to touch the urine.
  • Replace the plastic cap over the test strips and lay the device on a clean flat surface
  • Read test results at 5 minutes. Negative results can be interpreted as soon as both the control line and the test line appear
  • If an adulteration panel is present, compare the colors on the panel to the included adulteration card. Ensure that all colors are within the normal range. This should be done at 3 to 5 minutes
  • In order for a test to be valid, a line MUST be present in the control area of the results window. Each strip has a control line that must be present for that strip to be considered valid
  • The presence of a line (regardless of line intensity) in the test area of the strip indicates that the test is negative. Remember, two lines on a strip equals a negative test
  • The absence of a line in the test area of the strip indicates that the test is positive for that drug.
  • If the control line fails to appear, that strip should be considered invalid and the test should be repeated with a new dip card

Integrated Cups-Urine

Pros

  • All in one design
  • Cup is closed by the donor eliminating potential for spills
  • Most labs will accept the device without having to pour off
  • No dipping or activation needed

Cons

  • Larger cup limits number of samples that will fit in shipping bag
  • Donor comes into contact with test strips
  • Some labs require pouring urine into a standardized lab cup for confirmation

Instructions for Use-Integrated Cups

  • Have donor provide some sort of identification
  • Donor should remove any unnecessary outer garments and empty all pockets
  • Lock all bags or purses in a secure location. DO NOT allow them to enter the restroom or collection area with these items
  • Ensure that the collection site is secure. Turn off all water sources, blue the toilet water and remove all cleaners.
  • Check the expiration date and if good, tear open foil bag and inspect cup for any obvious signs of damage during shipment

Interpretation of Test Results

  • As soon as the donor returns the cup check the temperature (must be between 90 and 100 degrees F) and inspect the sample for foreign materials or irregular color
  • Remove the privacy label covering the test panel and read the results at 5 minutes. Negative results can be interpreted as soon as both the control line and the test line appear
  • If an adulteration panel is present, compare the colors on the panel to the included adulteration card. Ensure that all colors are within the normal range. This should be done at 2 minutes
  • In order for a test to be valid, a line MUST be present in the control area of the results window. Each strip has a control line that must be present for that strip to be considered valid
  • The presence of a line (regardless of line intensity) in the test area of the strip indicates that the test is negative. Remember, two lines on a strip equals a negative test
  • The absence of a line in the test area of the strip indicates that the test is positive for that drug.
  • If the control line fails to appear, that strip should be considered invalid and the test should be repeated in a new cup

Oral Fluid (Cutoffs listed on packaging and in package insert are expressed in ng/ml)

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Non-gender specific
  • Small size allows for maximum portability
  • Identifies both carboxy-THC (metabolite) and delta-9 THC (parent)

Cons

  • Shorter window of detection than urine
  • Must wait 10 minutes after eating, drinking or chewing gum
  • THC sensitivity is lower than in urine
  • Considered hazardous materials if blood is present in sample
  • Difficult to find labs that will confirm a “neat” sample (non-buffered)

Instructions for Use-Oral Fluid

  • Ensure that the donor hasn’t had anything in their mouth for 10 minutes prior to test
  • Check the expiration date and if good, open foil pouch and remove test and collection device.
  • Remove collection device from pouch and ask the donor to place the sponge end in their mouth
  • Donor should move the sponge around in the mouth in order to activate salivation and to collect sufficient sample
  • The collection device has a built in saturation indicator. When sufficient saliva has been collected there will be a red color on the collection device tube
  • Once sufficient saliva has been collected, remove the collection device from the donor’s mouth
  • Insert collection device (sponge end first) into the opening on the test cup and press down until the lid can be closed over the collection device
  • Place cup on flat surface and allow the test to run for 10 minutes. Negative results can be interpreted as soon as both the control line and the test line appear

Interpretation of Test Results

  • In order for a test to be valid, a line MUST be present in the control area of the results window. Each strip has a control line that must be present for that strip to be considered valid
  • The presence of a line (regardless of line intensity) in the test area of the strip indicates that the test is negative. Remember, two lines on a strip equals a negative test
  • The absence of a line in the test area of the strip indicates that the test is positive for that drug.
  • If the control line fails to appear, that strip should be considered invalid and the test should be repeated in a test

A note about positive tests

  • All point of care products are considered preliminary, presumptive tests and should be confirmed by a laboratory in order to determine what metabolites are actually present in the urine.
  • Be sure to tighten the lid completely before attaching a chain of custody bar code to the lid of the cup when sending to the lab for confirmation. Also, check to make sure that the chain of custody form is filled out completely and that the correct copy is included in the transport bag in order to avoid a rejected sample.

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