- Product Overview
The test is suitable for anyone who needs a fast and accurate coronavirus test. This Innova test requires a professional healthcare operative to administer the test, or to have trained the individual(s) administering the test.
This test is not suitable for anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 or anyone that thinks they may have Covid-19. If you have symptoms you need to follow the latest government guidance.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19) and your condition gets worse, or you do not get better after 7 days, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. Do not delay getting help if you are worried. Trust your instincts.
How does a lateral flow test work
The test consists of a nasal and throat swab and is very similar to those seen in pregnancy testing or roadside drug tests used by the police, and does not need to be assessed in a laboratory.
A sample from your swab is applied to the test cartridge. Within the cartridge is a membrane that allows your sample to move through the cartridge. Much like a pregnancy test, this test uses coloured lines to show the test result. The lines within the cartridge actually contain antibodies for Covid-19. If your sample has Covid-19 within it, these molecules will be caught by the test line given their very unique matching shape, a little like a lock and key. Two lines appearing on the cartridge indicate a positive test. A positive result can usually be reported within 15 minutes. If the line does NOT change colour within 30 minutes it is NOT a positive result.
Overview of the test process
- Prepare the test area and unpack your equipment.
- Take the swab sample (throat and nose).
- Process the sample and wait 30 minutes.
- Read the result.
- Report the result.
- Safely dispose of test equipment.
- Rapid accurate results, usually within 15 minutes
- Accurate and safe with a 100% specificity, and 98.98% overall accuracy
- No machine or lab required to process the test
- Used by the NHS, CE marked and MHRA registered
- No cold storage required. Store between 2 and 30 degrees C
- How to Use
Before you start
Read the instructions carefully and watch the video on how to prepare and take the test.
Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds, using soap and warm water. This is so that you do not contaminate the test kit. Now dry your hands.
Clean and dry a flat surface, where you will take the tests. Unpack the sealed test equipment and place it onto the clean flat surface.
Check your contents. Ensure that the test device (called ‘antigen test cartridge’), swab and extraction solution are not damaged, broken or out of date. Use the test kit checklist to make sure you have everything. Use a clean, one-inch deep lid or another small container (e.g. clean egg cup) to keep the extraction tube upright and prevent spillage.
Prepare your test
- Gently blow your nose into a tissue to get rid of excess mucus.
- Wash and dry your hands again (or use sanitiser if this is available).
- Check the swab in the sealed wrapper in front of you. Identify the soft, fabric tip of the swab.
- Place the extraction tube in a small cup to keep it upright.
- Unscrew the extraction buffer pot, making sure you only remove the top part of the lid.
- Place 6 drops only of the extraction buffer into the extraction tube. Try to avoid touching the tube with the bottle. Reseal the extraction buffer for future use.
- Open the package and gently take out the swab. Do not touch the fabric end of the swab.
- Tilt the head slightly and with the mouth open expose the tonsils on both sides. Wipe the swab over the tonsils on both sides with moderate force back and forth for at least 3 times. Then insert the swab gently into one nostril, you may feel a slight resistance (insert about 1.5cm or about half an inch). Roll the swab 10 times slowly along the inside of the nostril. Remove the swab and repeat 10 times in the other nostril.
- Now put the fabric end of the swab into the bottom of the extraction tube. Press the swab head against the edge of the tube with force, while rotating the swab around the tube for 10 seconds to squeeze as much fluid out as possible.
- Take out the swab while squeezing the tube and fabric end of the swab. Place the swab back into the wrapper and dispose of it in your bin.
- Press the nozzle cap tightly on to the tube to avoid any leaks.
- Turn the tube upside down and lightly squeeze two drops onto the specimen well. Tap the cartridge gently on a surface to remove bubbles.
- Place the Rapid Test Strip on a flat surface for 30 minutes. Set a clock, timer, or watch and wait 30 minutes to read the results.
Reading your results
Read your results after 30 minutes, if the test device is left to develop longer you may receive a false-positive result and you will need to repeat the test.
- Positive result: Two lines – even faint lines – indicate the test is positive.
- Negative result: A single line level with the letter C indicates the test is negative.
- Invalid result: A single line level with the letter T indicates the test has failed and should be retaken.
If a test result is positive
We recommend a central record is maintained for all positive results. You must immediately report each positive test result on the PHE Digital Reporting Platform.
A PCR test will need to be arranged to confirm the result here.
You and your household should self-isolate according to HM Government Guidelines until the result of that test is known. If your PCR test is confirmed as positive, you will be exempt from being re-tested for 90 days, from the date your PCR test was taken, unless you develop new symptoms.
If a test result is negative
It is recommended that you record the information on the PHE Digital Reporting Platform. If you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms please refer to NHS guidance online as this test may miss some positive cases.
If a test result is invalid
Record the information on the PHE Digital Reporting Platform. Repeat the test with a new test kit.
Disposal of tests and equipment
When testing in the workplace, the PPE, swabs and kits are classed as offensive waste and have to be commercially disposed of. Contact your current provider of sanitary waste disposal or another provide of offensive waste disposable for an appropriate bin, as they are licensed to carry and dispose of offensive waste.
Test kits must be stored at room temperature. They do not need refrigeration but should be kept out of direct sunlight and not be exposed to heat.
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- Warnings & Restrictions
- For in vitro diagnostic use only.
- This test has been authorized only for the detection of proteins from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens.
- Do not use this kit beyond the expiration date printed on the outside carton.
- Do not use the kit to evaluate patient specimens if either the positive control or negative control fail to give expected results.
- Test results are meant to be visually determined.
- To avoid erroneous results, specimens must be processed as indicated in the assay procedure section.
- Do not reuse any kit components.
- When collecting a nasal swab sample, use the nasal swab supplied in the kit. Use of alternative swabs may result in false negative results.
- Proper sample collection, storage and transport are critical to the performance of this test.
- Specific training or guidance is recommended if operators are not experienced with specimen collection and handling procedures. Wear PPE such as apron, mask, disposable gloves, and eye protection when specimens are collected and evaluated. Pathogenic microorganisms, including hepatitis viruses and Human Immunodeficiency Virus, may be present in clinical specimens. Standard precautions and institutional guidelines should always be followed in handling, storing, and disposing of all specimens and all items contaminated with blood or other body fluids.
- The SARS-CoV-2 external positive control have been prepared from recombinant viral proteins and do not contain infectious material.
- Dispose of used test kits giving a positive result as biohazardous waste in accordance with local requirements.
- Wear suitable protective clothing, gloves, and eye/face protection when handling the contents of this kit.
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