Archive for June, 2016

Workplace Alcohol Testing

team-spirit-959269_1280An employee who comes to work under the influence of drugs or alcohol will, at the very least, have diminished productivity and poor work performance; at worst, that person poses a serious safety risk to themselves and those around them. As an employer, you have both the right and the obligation to maintain a safe work environment for fellow employees, which is why insisting on a drug- and alcohol-free workplace is necessary.

A urine alcohol rapid test, as well as a saliva alcohol test, are both reliable ways for employers to immediately determine if alcohol is present in the blood. Whether you suspect an employee to be under the influence, or you administer random drug and alcohol screenings to your employees, you can trust the results from our urine alcohol rapid test kits.

The urine alcohol test kit is intended for the screening of ethyl alcohol in human urine. MP Rapid Alcohol Test is designed as the screen tool to rapidly determine if the BAC level is higher than 0.04% (the cutoff level at which an individual is considered positive for the presence of alcohol) by testing the urine specimen. The distinct color on reactive pad could be observed in less than 4 minutes after the tip was contacted with urine samples with the ethyl alcohol concentration greater than 0.04%.

While follow-up tests are nearly always necessary in order to confirm the initial results, urine tests, such as the options from Diagnostic Automation / Cortez Diagnostics, Inc., can provide immediate data.

Detecting Pregnancy with HCG

woman-1209322_1920When you’re actively trying to get pregnant you’re eager to take a pregnancy test as soon as possible in order to confirm what you’ve been hoping for – a baby! But have you ever wondered just what a home or doctor administered pregnancy test is looking for? That red or blue line, plus or minus symbol indicator holds a lot of hopes and dreams, but here’s what it’s really telling you.

What that little stick is checking for is HCG – human chorionic gonadotropin. The hormone HCG is produced in the earliest stages of pregnancy. HCG is made by the placenta during pregnancy. Levels of HCG rise rapidly in the earliest days of pregnancy and usually first appears in urine 9-10 days following the estimated day of conception when using the most sensitive HCG Rapid Test.

HCG helps to maintain your pregnancy and affects the development of your baby. Levels of HCG increase steadily in the first 14 to 16 weeks following your last menstrual period, peak around the 14th week following that date, and then decrease gradually. The amount that HCG increases early in pregnancy can give information about your pregnancy and the health of your baby.

Results from the test can also help determine and monitor an abnormality of the pregnancy. For example, low HCG levels during a pregnancy can suggest an ectopic pregnancy or even miscarriage. High HCG levels can indicate twins or triplets. Not all pregnant women who test before the day of their expected period will obtain a ‘pregnant’ result. This is because urinary HCG levels may not yet be above the threshold for the test.