Time is of the Essence in Treating Patients
Sometimes accurate pharmacological decisions need to be made rapidly, especially if the patient is unconscious or showing signs of overdose while in an unclear state of mind. Other times, patients who abuse chemicals might lie about what drugs they’ve recently taken, just to avoid the shame of their addiction. When a drug addict is wheeled into an emergency room, there isn’t time for wild guesses. Blood, saliva, and urine are the quickest ways to obtain an objective assessment of what chemicals are in the patient’s system.
For example, a patient who is addicted to opioids may be in severe pain due to an injury. However, the clinician needs to know the amount of opiates in the patient’s system before giving any more opiates for pain relief. In high doses, opioids can relax the nervous system too much and stop the lungs from working.
Drug Test Results as Quickly as 4 Minutes
Alfa Scientific Designs Inc.’s Instant-viewTM drug tests give results in only 4 minutes allowing clinicians to make quick decisions regarding what additional medications to administer or what dangerous drug interactions to avoid. Single-drug tests are available in a kit box that contains 25 individual units. These drug tests come in a standard detection limit for each drug.
Point-of-Care Diagnostics Need to Be Rapid
Clinics boast of point-of-care diagnostics because it is a sign of efficiency and effectiveness. Not only do rapid test results allow for better treatment decisions, they are great for customer service. However, point-of-care diagnostics are only considered point-of-care if they produce results within minutes, instead of days or weeks. The labor and supply costs of just one overnight stay in a clinic far surpasses those of patients who are admitted and discharged within a matter of hours. But the benefit of Instant-viewTM devices is not just restrained to a physical building. These drug tests are portable and easily transported by emergency responders such as EMTs and ambulances.
Multi-Drug Tests Make Diagnostics Even Faster
Alfa Scientific Designs, Inc., has taken drug testing to an even higher level by offering kits that test multiple drugs at once. Multi-drug test kits are customizable. They can be made to test for different concentrations of a drug, while also testing for multiple drugs, all in one device. What’s better than getting an important result as quickly as 4 minutes?
Types of Urine Drug Tests
Instant-viewTM rapid in-vitro diagnostic tests can detect trace amounts of drugs in urine within minutes and includes these drugs:
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
- Tricyclic Antidepressants
- Marijuana (THC)
- MDMA (Ecstasy)