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A completely simple, effective, on the spot, 3 minute whole blood screening test to aid in the early identification of abnormal glucose levels. Our Chemcard Glucose Screening Test is ideal for screening patients who are at risk for developing diabetes since it can identify abnormally high fasting plasma glucose (blood sugar) levels.
Our Chemcard™ Glucose 3 minute test requires only a single drop of blood obtained from a fingerstick, and requires no instruments.
The Chemcard Glucose Screening Test has an effective measurement range of 50 to 150 mg/dl. In clinical trials, Chemcard results were found to correlate well (r=0.94) with split sample laboratory results obtained using a Kodak Ektachem 700® clinical analyzer. The Chemcard is highly effective in screening for normal vs. abnormal glucose levels, exhibiting a classification accuracy of greater than 94% (95% confidence interval) in clinical trials. In clinical trials, the Chemcard Glucose Screening Test correctly classified 100% of those patients with abnormal fasting plasma glucose. Of those patients with normal fasting plasma glucose, the Chemcard correctly classified 98.9%. (Lancets sold separately.)
Model 47024. 24 Strips/Box.
The Chemcard™ Glucose test is 510(k) approved for both home use and in doctor's offices in the USA by the FDA.
The Chemcard™ Glucose test is CE marked for self-testing in the European Union under Annex IV, Article 3 of EC Directive 98/79/EC on IN VITRO Diagnostic Medical Devices.
Chemcard Glucose Test Testing Procedure
As recommended by the ADA, Chemcard™ Glucose measures plasma glucose level after a minimum fasting period of 8 hours. The test device is in the form of a card about the size of a business card. A sterile disposable lancet is used to obtain a single drop of blood which is placed onto the "Test Area".
After three minutes, the top layer of the card is peeled off and the results obtained by matching the color of the test area with a sliding color chart. Upon matching colors, the test card is turned over and the result appears on the back side of the test card.
Consistent with the ADA screening criteria, Chemcard™ results of 125 mg/dl (6.9 mmol/l) or higher are considered abnormally high, while of 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/l) or less are considered normal. All abnormal results should be referred to a physician for follow-up diagnosis.
If you have any of the common symptoms that suggest the presence of diabetes, your doctor will order laboratory tests to confirm the diagnosis. Regular screening tests to measure blood glucose levels are recommended for certain people who have no symptoms of diabetes.
To promote the early detection of diabetes and reduce the risk of long-term diabetes complications , the American Diabetes Association recommends that individuals age 45 and older be screened for the disease every three years. Screening is also recommended for individuals under age 45 who have an increased risk of diabetes because of obesity, high blood pressure (140/90 mm Hg or higher), or ethnicity (black, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American).
Other examples of risk factors that merit early or more frequent screening (for example, every one to two years) include a history of diabetes in a first-degree relative (a parent or sibling), diagnosis of diabetes during pregnancy (called gestational diabetes), delivery of a baby weighing more than 9 lbs, low levels of HDL cholesterol (less than 40 mg/dL), high triglyceride levels (150 mg/dL or higher), or prediabetes. If screening tests show that you have diabetes, your physician will perform regular laboratory tests and physical examinations to monitor the progression of the disease.
If you are diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes, your doctor will pay extra attention to factors in your medical history and physical examination that could affect your diabetes care.
In taking your medical history, the doctor will ask about the date and circumstances of your diabetes diagnosis, your dietary and exercise habits, your weight history, any medications you are taking, your alcohol and tobacco use, and your family history of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. If you use oral diabetes drugs or insulin, the doctor will record when you take these medications and how much, the effectiveness of blood glucose control (based on symptoms of high blood glucose and blood glucose values), the frequency and timing of symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) or ketoacidosis, and any symptoms of long-term diabetes complications.
Your physical examination should include measurements of your weight and blood pressure and a foot inspection to look for common diabetes-related problems such as ulcers and other skin abnormalities, joint problems, and loss of sensation. Because diabetes can affect your vision, you should have a dilated eye examination performed by an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in diseases of the eye).
Publication Review By: Written by: Christopher D. Saudek, M.D.; Simeon Margolis, M.D., Ph.D.