Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is essential in emergency situations in patient care, diagnosis and determining a safe treatment plan. Accident & Emergency rooms often have over 66% of their patients being alcohol related in the evenings, and laboratory analysis is costly and can take upto 4 hours.
Breath Tests may be unreliable because the patient may have recently vomited and in many cases where BAC readings are relied upon the patient is unconscious or cannot blow sufficiently. Many breathalysers require a certain pressure and volume before they will provide a reading. While samples are being tested in the laboratory, the patient may deteriorate unnecessarily.
The Alcostick uses capillary blood and works similarly to a cholesterol or glucose test, delivering BAC readings in 2 minutes. Ideal for repeat testing, and offers huge cost savings to hospitals and Accident & Emergency services in comparison to laboratory testing. This device gives semi-quantitative results, split into 5 categories to prevent complications with law and reduce the burden of consent.
Designed to detect all levels of alcohol intoxication and overdose.