ation (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
The following data were obtained based on 60 clinical samples.
|ACCU-TELL® Alcohol Strip (Saliva)||Results||>0.02% (Spiked)||0||Total Results|
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
The following substances may interfere with Alcohol Saliva Rapid Test :
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 Saliva Rapid Test Strip 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.