The StrongStep® FOB Rapid Test Strip (Feces) is a rapid visual immunoassay for the qualitative presumptive detection of human hemoglobin in human fecal specimens. This kit is intended to be used as an aid in the diagnosis of lower gastrointestinal (g.i.) pathologies.
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Earlier commercially available FOB tests utilized the guaiac test, which requires special dietary restriction to minimize false positive and false negative results. The FOB Rapid Test Strip (Feces) are especially designed to detect human hemoglobin in fecal samples using Immunochemical methods, which improved specificity for the detection of lower gastrointestinal. disorders, including colorectal cancers and adenomas.
The FOB Rapid Test Strip (Feces) has been designed to detect human hemoglobin through visual interpretation of color development in the internal strip. The membrane was immobilized with anti-human hemoglobin antibodies on the test region. During the test, the specimen is allowed to react with colored anti-human hemoglobin antibodies colloidal gold conjugates, which were precoated on the sample pad of the test. The mixture then moves on the membrane by a capillary action, and interact with reagents on the membrane. If there were enough human hemoglobin in specimens, a colored band will form at the test region of the membrane. Presence of this colored band indicates a positive result, while its absence indicates a negative result. Appearance of a colored band at the control region serves as a procedural control. This indicates that proper volume of specimen has been added and membrane wicking has occurred.
■ For professional in vitro diagnostic use only.
■ Do not use after the expiration date indicated on the package. Do not use the test if the foil pouch is damaged. Do not reuse tests.
■ This kit contains products of animal origin. Certified knowledge of the origin and/or sanitary state of the animals does not completely guarantee the absence of transmissible pathogenic agents. It is therefore, recommended that these products be treated as potentially infectious, and handled by observing usual safety precautions (e.g., do not ingest or inhale).
■ Avoid cross-contamination of specimens by using a new specimen collection container for each specimen obtained.
■ Read the entire procedure carefully prior to testing.
■ Do not eat, drink or smoke in any area where specimens and kits are handled. Handle all specimens as if they contain infectious agents. Observe established precautions against microbiological hazards throughout the procedure and follow standard procedures for proper disposal of specimens. Wear protective clothing such as laboratory coats, disposable gloves and eye protection when specimens are assayed.
■ The specimen dilution buffer contains sodium azide, which may react with lead or copper plumbing to form potentially explosive metal azides. When disposing of specimen dilution buffer or extracted samples, always flush with copious quantities of water to prevent azide buildup.
■ Do not interchange or mix reagents from different lots.
■ Humidity and temperature can adversely affect results.
■ Used testing materials should be discarded according to local regulations.