Point of care drug testing can isn't always fully accurate. For truly accurate results, EIA and LC-MS/MS are the ideal urine testing methods.
When it comes to time-sensitive patient care, today’s doctors can’t afford to rely on guesswork and hearsay from patients. Treatment and medication normally considered safe can quickly become dangerous when combined with the wrong substances. This is especially true if the patient has any history of abuse or illegal drug use.
To avoid such issues without sacrificing speed, many doctors are turning to point-of-care testing to get the answers they need. The only problem? POCT rarely tells doctors the full story.
What Point of Care Drug Testing Can’t Tell YouIn a pinch, POCT can reveal important general information about a patient’s toxicology. It can help you avoid potentially dangerous treatments and medications. What it doesn’t tell you, however, can be just as dangerous. POCT can detect some common, basic drug categories—opiates, amphetamines, methamphetamines, and benzodiazepines among them. While this general information can be useful, it is rarely sufficient. In exchange for a speedy test, you compromise your ability to detect specific, problematic drugs such as:
- 6-MAM `
- Carisoprodol `
- Cotinine `
- EDDP (Methadone Metabolite `
- Ethyl Glucuronide `
- Fentanyl `
- Ketamine `
- Meperidine `
- Synthetic Cannabinoids K2-1 `
- Synthetic Cannabinoids K2-2 `
- Tapentadol `
- Tramadol `
- EIA: Short for Enzyme Immunoassay, EIA is very effective not just for identifying the presence of drugs, but also invaluable information on their concentration levels in the body.
- LC-MS/MS: Shorthand for Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry, LC-MS/MS is a urinalysis method that analyzes and detects specific drug compounds in a patient’s system. LC-MS/MS works by taking a small amount of the urine sample, and injecting it through a column which separates each individual analyte from each other, using their varying structures to ID the presence of specific drugs.
Used in conjunction with one another, EIA and LC-MS/MS can give physicians the clearest possible picture of their patient’s toxicology, allowing for the safest possible treatments to be administered with ease.