The EZ DETECT Stool Blood Testing Kit is one of the most advanced home tests of its kind. This test can detect blood in the stool in very small quantities. Only 2.0 mg hemoglobin/100 mL water is required for a reading of blood in the stool.
This Stool Blood Test is able to detect blood that can be caused by a variety of problems including bleeding ulcers, hemorrhoids, polyps, colitis, diverticulitis, fissures or cancer of the colon.
This diagnostic screening test is easy to use and sanitary. Just drop a testing pad into the toilet after a bowel movement and receive results within 2 minutes. The pad will turn bluish-green if blood is detected. It's as simple as that. No lab processing is required, and nor do you need to eliminate anything from your diet prior to the test like rare meat or vitamin C.
The sensitivity of the EZ DETECT' Test is approximately 2.0 mg hemoglobin/100 ml water.
The Fecal Occult Blood Testing Kit includes:
- A foil pouch containing 5 test pads
- One positive control package
- One patient instruction sheet
- One test result post card to record your results and mail them to your doctor
MEDICATION AND DIET
Two days prior to and during the testing period, avoid aspirin-containing medicines, anti-inflammatory drugs, and rectal ointments. If you are taking medication, including prescribed doses of iron, check with your physician before testing.
No diet restrictions are required (rare meat and Vitamin C are okay). However, for two days before and during testing, try to eat vegetables, fruits and cereals.
There are three parts to the EZ DETECT procedure:
- Water quality check (one time only);
- Stool test (3 consecutive bowel movements);
- Test performance (one time only - positive control is used here).
PREPARATION FOR THE TEST
Remove all toilet cleaners, disinfectants or deodorizers from the toilet bowl and tank. Flush the toilet bowl several times before testing. If you are color blind or visually impaired, have someone else read the results.
- Do not perform the test during menstrual bleeding, bleeding hemorrhoids, or constipation.
- Store unused test tissues at room temperature and protect from sunlight and moisture.
- Do not ingest or inhale. Keep out of reach of children.
- Water Quality Check: Cut open the large pouch at the dotted line. Take one test tissue out of the pouch. Float the test tissue on top of the toilet water. Wait 2 minutes. You should see no blue-green color on the test tissue. If there is a blue- green color on the test tissue, wait for three (3) days and proceed with testing step #2.
- The Stool Test: If necessary, urinate first, and then flush.
- Have a bowel movement. Do not flush the toilet.
- Remove another test tissue from the pouch and float it onto the toilet water. The test tissue does not need to touch the stool. Fold & close the opened end of the pouch to protect the remaining tissues from moisture.
- Within 2 minutes look for a blue-green color on the test area of the test tissue.
- Record the result on the Test Result Card by marking an "X" for color or no color.
- Now flush the toilet. For the second and third sittings (bowel movements), repeat steps "a" to "e". This completes the stool tests.
- Test Performance: This step must be completed in order for your test results to be valid.
- Flush the toilet.
- Carefully tear open the Positive Control package (small foil pouch) and sprinkle its contents into the toilet while the water is filling up in the bowl. Wait 1 minute; drop the last test tissue into the toilet bowl.
- Within 2 minutes, a blue-green cross should appear on the tissue, meaning that your test tissues have worked properly. Wash your hands.
- Record the result on your Test Result Card.
WHERE TO SEND THE TEST RESULTS?
Send the completed Test Result Card to your physician if:
- You have a positive stool test result; or
- You received this test from a doctor
WHAT DOES THE TEST RESULT MEAN?
Any trace of blue-green color visible in the test area indicates that blood may be present in your stool (a positive test result) meaning that there is a possible condition requiring your Physician's attention. However, a positive test result does not always mean that a problem exists as certain medicines can cause a false result as mentioned previously.
No trace of a blue-green color in the cross indicates that, at the time of your test, there was no detectable blood in the stool. However, some conditions may not cause bleeding all the time. If you have a negative test, but have one or more of the following symptoms, consult your physician:
- Diarrhea or constipation lasting longer than two weeks;
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Visible blood in the stool.
- Dark black stool.
NOTE: If you have any symptoms that concern you, consult your Physician - even if your test result is negative.
- Why test for water quality? A. In some regions or on certain days, the water may contain substances that interfere with this test and one could get false positive results.
- What do I do when the Water Quality Check is positive (blue-green)?
- Wait 2 or 3 days, prepare the commode as in the "Preparation for the Test" section, and redo the test from step 1, but skip step 3 (Test Performance) since you have one less test tissue. If the water check is again positive, the water in your toilet is unsuitable for this test.
- What does it mean when the result of the Test Performance is orange instead of blue-green?
- The Positive Control powder on the surface of the water is not completely dissolved and causes an overreaction with the test tissue. The overreaction appears as an orange or rust color. In this case, the test result is considered "positive".
- Is the stool test "positive" when there is only a small speck of blue-green color on the test area?
- Yes, any visible blue-green color in the test area is considered a "positive" result
As with any other in vitro diagnostic test, the results obtained from the EZ DETECT Test should be used as a preliminary screen to other medically established procedures and be interpreted in conjunction with other clinical data available to you. The test does not replace other established diagnostic procedures, such as proctosigmoidoscopy, barium enema, X-ray studies, etc. The results obtained with EZ DETECT Test should not be considered conclusive for the presence or absence of a pathological condition.
The EZ DETECT Occult Blood Test is a qualitative test for blood in the stool. Even though the amount of color varies according to the concentration of blood, the test itself should not be used for quantitative information.
It is important that no urine be present during testing. Large amounts of urine may make the results difficult to see.