Rapid Testing Cups Vs. Automated Chemistry Instruments

Are You Leaving the Door Open for Inaccurate Results? Welcome to the next article in our series focusing on laboratory testing in pain management practices. This article will highlight the differences in (EIA) enzyme-immuno assay methods for rapid testing cups and automated chemistryinstruments. Many pain management practices across the country utilize rapid testing cups as their method of performing urine drug screens to monitor medication compliance. It is important to note that rapid drug testing cups were originally developed for use in hospital emergency departments and forensic testing venues. While they are currently being marketed to pain practices, I was unable to find any data that supports that they have been modified in any way to support their use for medication monitoring in pain management practices. Rapid urine drug screening cups utilize "flow through or lateral flow" EIA methodology. Many CLIA waived tests utilize this technology and are very sensitiv...

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In-Office Testing Steers Income to your Practice

We all laughed at Casey, bright-eyed and eager, when we started our hike. He'd seemingly bought out an entire military surplus store in preparation, while we'd opted (through a heady combination of laziness and daring) to pack as little as possible. Most curiously was Casey's hand-pump micron water filter. Roughly the size of a cinder-block and forged from heavy metal, we snorted incredulously as he clipped the device to his pack, hiked up his shorts and started his journey, clattering like an old Buick. However, hiking a 70 mile swatch of the Appalachian trail proved more treacherous than we'd imagined, and as the sweltering humidity of the Tennessee backwoods enveloped us, the need for water grew to maddening levels. The iodine tablets we'd packed tasted too strongly of paint, rendering anything we put them in practically undrinkable and our "fool-proof" method of boiling water to purify it took way too long. In a moment of parched desperation, we turned to Casey, sitting cross-legged on an old st...

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