Saliva alcohol test detects consumption of recent alcohol in person’s saliva. It’s an accurate and fast way to detect alcohol in a person’s body.
Saliva oral fluid collection device is portable and they can be used wherever you want to provide a fast and accurate measurement of alcohol content in the body. The test kit contains cotton tipped swab and a single-use disposable test kit to determine an amount of alcohol present in a numeric value in milligrams per deciliter of alcohol present.
Saliva Alcohol Levels
Saliva which is the watery substance is produced by the salivary glands to moisten the mouth. Beer, wine or spirits contain ethanol which can be detected in saliva. A study which was published in LC-GC North America states that ethanol concentration in saliva which is similar to blood ethanol onentration comes from high blood flow to the salivary glands. According to the research is found that the saliva alcohol concentration is 7 percent higher than whole blood compared to plasma or serum alcohol concentration at 12 percent to 18 percent higher than whole blood.
Collection of Saliva Sample
Collection of its sample is very easy and comfortable and it can also be collected if the individual for whom test is to be done is uncooperative or if the patient is unresponsive. By running the cotton tipped collection swab which is provide in the test kit inside the mouth you can thoroughly moisten it.
Each manufacturer provides guidelines for how to so tests and get accurate results, it has a gauge similar to thermometer where you can read the numeric value of the test result obtained. The test kit is having a well or indentation in which saliva sample can be received. The Q.E.D. saliva alcohol test kit provides a control spot which helps to know the amount of saliva required and the amount which is provided is adequate or not to provide accurate test results. Saliva is drawn by capillary action through enzyme based reactant. According to Clinical Toxicology, it is said that wait time is two minutes and you should have timer or watch in the other hand to get proper results.
According to Quest Diagnostics, study shows the Q.E.D. saliva alcohol test provides a 0.98 correlation value compared with blood alcohol testing. A study published in Clinical Toxicology shows that the Q.E.D. saliva alcohol test kit has an upper limit of 350 mg per deciliter, though this limit indicates a very high blood alcohol level.