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Smoking – what all healthcare professionals need to know by Dr. Graham F. Cope
SmokeScreen Saliva Kit
The SmokeScreen Saliva test kit contains
The following items:
This is the procedure for taking 1.5ml of saliva.
Note: The person should not have drunk or eaten for 10 minutes prior to testing.
This is the procedure for opening the foil pouch and performing the test
The syringe cap should be snapped onto the tube using both thumbs and then the syringe should be pushed down to expel the contents into the tube below.
Immediately after adding the saliva to the bottom of the tube it must be mixed quickly by flicking the tube with a finger many times to create a swirling mix of the contents
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Saliva Cotinine Testing
GFC Diagnostics has developed a salivary cotinine test. The improved assay is more sensitive and specific than the previous test, being reported at 90% and 98% respectively, with an accuracy of 94% (Eur Resp J 2012). We have included a saliva collecting device which consists of a white collecting swab and vial.
The swab actively absorbs saliva and when saturated holds approximately 1.5ml, but this can be used repeatedly to collect the right amount of saliva.
The swab is squeezed into the bottle which has markings on the side to ensure the correct volume is collected.
The saliva collecting device is available separately.
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Work with the previous saliva test was published (Annals of Clinical Biochemistry 2000; 37: 666-
The results (IADRA 2004) showed significant correlations between salivary SmokeScreen cotinine values and incidence of caries (r=0.25, p<0.01), Community Periodontal Index of Treatment Needs (CPITN) scores (r=0.4, p<0.001), probing pocket depths (r=0.26 p<0.01), mobility, (r=0.34, p<0.001) and the presence of adverse oral mucosal change (r=0.26, p<0.01).
The evaluation was published in the British Medical Journal 2005; 331: 999-
The conclusions were that incorporation of individualised personal feedback using a point of care test for salivary nicotine metabolites into a general practice based smoking cessation programme increased quit rates by 17% at eight weeks and reduced tobacco use.
Click here for a BBC oxford report on the Saliva SmokeScreen test.
1. SmokeScreen saliva combined
collection and testing kit (Combi kit): GFC015