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Why Shop at Helix Diagnostic for Drug Testing Supplies?
Why Use Drug Testing Supplies?
Drug testing is used prevalently in numerous markets today for a variety of reasons. These markets include Pain Management Clinics, Correctional Facilities, Urgent Care, rehabilitation centers, Staffing, at home, the workplace, and the educational system. In the clinical markets drug testing supplies is essential for monitoring patients and helping to accurately prescribe them treatments. Drug tests are used to ensure that inmates and parolees are not committing any violations, within the markets using tests for forensic purposes such as correctional facilities. These are only a few of the many purposes and reasons that on-site drug testing can be beneficial. For more in depth information on the different markets and what drug testing supplies we recommended for your specific market please visit our Resources Page.
What Drug Testing Supplies Does Helix Diagnostic Offer?
Helix Diagnostic provides a variety of industry leading drug testing supplies and other various onsite diagnostic products. These include drug testing cups, drug tests dips, saliva drug tests, pregnancy tests, alcohol tests, influenza and strep tests, and iFOBT tests. Helix Diagnostic seeks to provide the highest quality products in the industry in the most convenient way possible by providing exceptional personalized customer service and a seamless online ordering experience. We want to make our customer’s lives as easy as possible in regards to ordering drug testing supplies, understanding the process, and procedures to follow in order to complete the test successfully.
Helix Diagnostic Drug Testing Supplies in the Workplace
Drug testing plays an integral part in maintaining a safe and productive workplace environment. Drug usage in the workplace is associated with decreased productivity, loss of inventory due to theft, increased workplace accidents, lost time at work, serious health problems, dysfunctional communication, impaired judgment, and disregard for safety of self and others.
What is CLIA-Waived and Why is it Important?
The clinical laboratory Improvement amendments were established in 1988 as a set of guidelines to specify which drug test are to be CLIA- waived based on the complexity of the test performed. Test that meet the requirements are able to be waived from regulatory oversight. Waived test are defined as simple procedures that are cleared by the FDA for home use and labeled as easy to use and accurate enough that it’s unlikely any mistakes will occur. Another regulatory requirement is that the test must pose no risk to the patient if the test were to be performed incorrectly. Quality standards for laboratories are established by CLIA to ensure reliability, accuracy, and timeliness of the patients test results. CLIA requirements apply to the clinical usage of drug testing. This includes any entity that performs tests on materials derived from the human body in order to provide assessment of the person’s health, information for diagnosis, and treatment or prevention of any impairment or disease. Any company performing test for these set of purposes are considered by CLIA to be a laboratory and must abide by CLIA regulations by registering with the CLIA program if they want to receive the benefits.
CLIA testing standards apply nationally and are provided through CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services). Any laboratory or Practice seeking to receive the reimbursement potential from providing CLIA- Waived test must have a CLIA- waived certificate and use CLIA approved drug screens. CLIA- Waived test reimbursements are provided in accordance with the insurance providers guidelines. Current CPT codes for billing can be looked up through the American Medical Association’s Coding Resources.
For further information about implementing CLIA-Wiaved testing into your practice check out Onsite Drug Testing in Clinical Markets.
The Importance of Understanding Cross-reactivity, Sensitivity, and Specificity
The drug testing supplies offered by Helix Diagnostic are able to detect drugs of specific classes with a high degree of reliability. Still the possibility for cross reactivity to occur is unavoidable. Substances on a reacted immunoassay fall into two categories; the targeted drug class which are expected to be detected as a positive reading and structurally similar but unrelated substances that can bring a false positive. When the results are disputed and more information about the results are needed then confirmation testing is done. Confirmation testing is generally done by a registered lab with GCMS testing equipment. GCMS testing allows for a greater level of sensitivity and specificity. This testing allows the true positives to be separated from the false positives.
Cross Reactivity– A unrelated structurally similar substance detected that triggers a false positive.
Sensitivity- Measure of how often a test is able to correctly identify the substance within the sample as a true positive. The more sensitive a test the lower cutoff levels they possess allowing them to detect minute amounts of the tested substance. Low levels of sensitivity will produce more false negative results.
Specificity- Measure of how accurate a test is at distinguishing between a true positive and a false positive reading. Low levels of specificity will produce more false positive results.
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