Reagent test strips have transformed labor-intensive clinical analysis of urine and blood into a simple dip-and-read test. Results are obtained using instruments or visual manual reading as thresholds and quantitative outputs, and are accurate and available immediately, taking patient monitoring and diagnostic testing to new levels. Test results are also comparable to those obtained using liquid reagents. So it’s hardly surprising that diagnostic reagent strips continue to gain popularity among clinicians for diabetes management.
Leading manufacturers offer diagnostic test strips with a wide range of test parameters to diagnose various conditions, allowing physicians to gain greater insight into the patient’s health. Take Siemens Healthcare. CLIA waived Siemens reagent strips for urinalysis test for glucose, bilirubin, ketones, specific gravity, blood, pH, protein, urobilinogen, nitrite and leucocytes. They help determine kidney function, urinary tract infections, carbohydrate metabolism and liver function.
Siemens Clinitek® Microalbumin Reagent Test Strips provide albumin, creatinine and albumin-to-creatinine ratio allow testing for microalbuminuria in patients with diabetes or hypertension in order to detect early kidney disease. Results are available in just one minute. In addition, Siemens also offers the DCA2000 HbA1C Reagent Kit – a point-of-care diabetes management platform that performs both hemoglobin A1c and microalbumin/creatinine tests in minutes. Quantitative measurement of HbA1c in blood enables clinicians to make immediate adjustments to help reduce the risk of retinopathy, nephropathy and neuropathy in patients with diabetes.
The main advantages of these diagnostic reagent test strips are
- Come in ready to use form
- Convenient and easy to use
- Simple dip-and read activation
- Accurate results
- Results available in seconds
- Easy to dispose of – no clean up required
To ensure accuracy, the strips should be stored and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Users should know the performance features and limitations of the product. Reagent test strips should be stored at standard temperatures in a low humidity environment and handled to avoid contact of moisture.