How-To-Use Drug Tests / Read Panel Results

Find below basic and universal instructions for most types (dip, cup, saliva) on-site drug testing kits. Please keep in mind that your kit might have distinct features and specific steps and procedures that should be included with your purchased product. In addition to below instructions, always refer to the manufacturers original inserts for directions on the optimal ways of conducting your on-site drug screening.

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Dip Test Instructions / Results

Test Procedure

Test must be done at room temperature (10ºC to 30ºC)

  1. Open the sealed pouch by tearing along the notch. Remove the test device from the pouch.
  2. Hold one side of the device with one hand. Use the other hand to pull off the cap and expose the absorbent end.
  3. Immerse the absorbent end into the urine sample for about 10 seconds. Make sure that the urine level is not above the “MAX” line printed on the front of the device.
  4. Lay the device flat on a clean, dry, non-absorbent surface.
  5. Read the result in 5 minutes. Do not read after 5 minutes.

 

Interpretation of Results

Positive (+): A rose-pink band is visible in each control region. No color band appears in the appropriate test region. It indicates a positive result for the corresponding drug of that specific test zone.

Negative (-): A rose-pink band is visible in each control region and the appropriate test region. It indicates that the concentration of the corresponding drug of that specific test zone is below zero or the detection limit of the test.

Invalid: If a color band is not visible in each of the control region or a color band is only visible in each of the test region, the test is invalid. Another test should be run to re-evaluate the specimen.

Note: There is no meaning attributed to line color intensity or width.

 

Cup Test Instructions / Results

Test Procedure

Test must be done at room temperature (10ºC to 30ºC)

  1. Have the test cup ready.
  2. Wash your hands with soap and warm water.
  3. Carefully open the foil pouch at the notch, remove the Cup Drug Test kit and open the cup lid .
  4. Have the donor urinate directly into the test cup. Fill the cup to the “FILL TO HERE” mark. It’s OK to have a little extra sample. Wipe splashes or spills from the outside of this cup.
  5. Immediately check the temperature monitoring strip. The temperature should read between 90ºF and 100ºF.
  6. For the next 10 minutes set the test cup aside while you review the interpretation instructions and related information.
  7. Read the result at ten (10) minutes. You will see a red color appear in the “Ready to Read” window on the right.
  8. As you watch the test develop you may notice that the urine sample moves up the test device. In most cases the control line “C” will become visible before the test line “T” does. This is normal and means the test is developing properly.
  9. Read test results immediately after 10 minutes have elapsed. IMPORTANT: After 15 minutes or when the “Results Expired”

 

Interpretation of Results

 

Positive (+): A rose-pink band is visible in each control region. No color band appears in the appropriate test region. It indicates a positive result for the corresponding drug of that specific test zone.

Negative (-): A rose-pink band is visible in each control region and the appropriate test region. It indicates that the concentration of the corresponding drug of that specific test zone is below zero or the detection limit of the test.

Invalid: If a color band is not visible in each of the control region or a color band is only visible in each of the test region, the test is invalid. Another test should be run to re-evaluate the specimen.

Note: There is no meaning attributed to line color intensity or width.

 

Saliva Test Instructions / Results

Test Procedure

Allow the test device to reach room temperature (15ºC to 30ºC) prior to testing.
Do not place anything in the mouth including food, drink, gum, or tobacco products for at least 10 minutes prior to collection of oral fluid specimen.

  1. Remove the collection stick and test tube from the sealed pouch.
  2. Tear off the package of the collection stick.
  3. Insert the sponge end of the collection stick into mouth and soak sponge into saliva for 3 minutes. (Note: Time should be longer for people of little saliva. If the amount of saliva pressed into the test tube is not adequate for testing, collect more with another new collection stick and express the saliva into tube again.
  4. Hold the test tube vertically and place the collection stick with saturated sponge into the test tube. Make sure to fit the groove of collection stick onto the guide rail of test tube and press the collection stick to full extent.
  5. Press down the lid to close the test tube. Keep the test tube vertically until you begin to read the test results. (Step 4)
  6. Read results of alcohol test at 2 minutes and drug tests at 10 minutes (If there is a label over reading window, peel off the label to read test results).
  7. Do not read alcohol test result after 5 minutes and drug test results after 1 hour.
  8. Send the collector with collected oral fluid to the laboratory for GCMS confirmation if necessary.
saliva swab drug test results and instructions

Interpretation of Results

NEGATIVE: Two lines appear One color line should be in the control region (C), and another apparent color line adjacent should be in the test region (T). This negative result indicates that the drug concentration is below the detectable level.
*NOTE: The shade of color in the test line region (T) will vary, but it should be considered negative whenever there is even a faint distinguishable color line.

POSITIVE: One color line appears in the control region (C). No line appears in the test region (T) This positive result indicates that the drug concentration is above the detectable level

INVALID: Control line fails to appear. Insufficient specimen volume or incorrect procedural techniques are the most likely reasons for control line failure. Review the procedure and repeat the test using a new test device. If the problem persists, discontinue using the lot immediately and contact your supplier.

Alcohol Test Results

Alcohol Negative Result: The alcohol pad shows no color change (remains white or cream colored), it should be interpreted as a negative result (no alcohol present). A result where the outer edges of the alcohol pad produces a slight color but the majority of the pad remains colorless should be repeated to ensure complete saturation of the alcohol pad with oral fluid. If the second result is the same, the results should be interpreted as being negative (no alcohol present).

Alcohol Presumptive Positive Results: The Alcohol test produces a color change to green to blue in the presence of salivary alcohol 0.02 % B.A.C. or higher. At higher alcohol concentration near 0.30% B.A.C., the color may change to a dark blue-gray.

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