The reagent test areas on REAGENT STRIPS are ready to use upon removal from the bottle. The strips may be read visually, requiring no additional laboratory laboratory equipment for testing.
Specimen collection and preparation: Collect fresh urine in a clean dry container. Use uncentrifuged urine and mix the sample before testing. The sample should not be more than 4 hours old at the time of testing. Always handle specimen under sanitary conditions.
Note: Urine preservatives may affect test results. Preservatives will not prevent the deterioration of ketones, bilirubin or Urobilinogen.
Storage and handling procedures:
A)For reagent strips supplied in bottles:
1. Store only in original bottle
2. Do not remove desiccant(s)
3. Do not remove strips from the bottle until immediately before it is to be used for testing.
4. Replace cap immediately and tightly after removing reagent strip
B) For reagent strips supplied in individual foil packs:
1. Do not remove strip from foil pouch until immediately prior to use.
2. Store at temperatures under 30° C.
3. Do not store the bottle in direct sunlight.
4. Do not store in a refrigerator.
5. Do not use after expiry date.
6. Do not touch test areas of reagent strips.
PROTECTION AGAINST AMBIENT MOISTURE, LIGHT AND HEAT IS ESSENTIAL TO GUARD AGAINST ALTERED REAGENT REACTIVITY.
1. DIP the test patch of a fresh strip into urine sample, or pass strip through urine stream 1 to 2 seconds only.
2. Blot excess on a clean paper towel or tissue.
3. Results may be compared between 1 minute of exposure to urine(colour changes occuring after 1 minute are of no diagnostic value)
VISUAL READING TECHNIQUE:
1. Immerse all reagent areas in specimen and remove strip immediately.
2. Run edge of strip against the rim of the container to remove excess urine.
3. Compare test areas closely with colour chart on bottle label or bench reader. Record the results.
Uses for Urine Test Strips
Urine test strips are used for screening both in hospitals and in general practice. The aim of screening is early identification of likely patients by examination of large groups of the population. The importance of screening for diabetes and kidney disease amongst high risk populations is becoming very high.
Treatment monitoring with the aid of urine test strips allows a health professional to check on the results of the prescribed therapy, and if necessary to introduce any changes into the course of therapy.
Self-monitoring by Patients
Self monitoring with urine test strips under the guidance of a health professional is an effective method for monitoring the disease state. This applies particularly to diabetics, where the idea of self monitoring of the metabolic status (determinations of glucose and ketones) is self-evident.
General Preventive Medicine
Unsolicited self testing has become a popular measure in recent years as various urine test strips become available via pharmacy and online stores. Self monitoring for frequent urinary tract infections is a popular example as sufferers monitor their own urine on a daily basis and discuss the results with their health professional.
In veterinary medicine, especially in cats and dogs, the test strip can be used for urinalysis.
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