Why Self Test

AnaemiaScreen FAQ's

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How does AnaemiaScreen™ work?

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Ferritin is a protein and the primary form of iron stored inside your body's cells. A positive result means that the ferritin concentration in your blood is lower than 20ng/mL and that you have a possible iron deficiency.

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When should you use AnaemiaScreen™?

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The AnaemiaScreen™ test should be performed if you have symptoms that include pale complexion, tiredness, headaches, heart palpitations or shortness of breath when exercising, during pregnancy or heavy periods. The test can be used at any time of the day but must not be performed when you have an infection, acute inflammations or in cases of spleen or liver injury. A false positive result could be obtained where there is no iron deficiency in these situations.

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How accurate is AnaemiaScreen™?

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The test results are accurate as long as the instructions are followed very carefully. However if the AnaemiaScreen™ test cassette gets wet before performing the test or if the volume of blood added to the sample well is incorrect, the accuracy of the test can be affected. The pipette provided in the kit is marked to show when the correct volume of blood has been collected. If used correctly studies have shown AnaemiaScreen™ has an accuracy of over 98% compared to reference methods

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How to interpret the test if the colour and intensity of the lines are different?

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The colour and intensity of the test lines are of no importance in the interpretation of the test result. The lines only need to be uniform and clearly visible and a line of any colour intensity by the 'Test' mark should be regarded as positive.

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What is the purpose of the line under the mark C on the cassette for?

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This is a test control and when this line appears it means that the test has performed correctly.

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If I read the result after 15 minutes, will the result still be valid?

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No, the result should be read within 10 minutes of adding the test diluent and is reliable only up to 15 minutes.

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What should I do if the test result is positive?

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If the AnaemiaScreen™ test result is positive it means that the level of ferritin in your blood is lower than the normal (20ng/mL) and that you should seek medical advice from your doctor who will decide if further investigation should be performed.

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What should I do if the test result is negative?

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If the test result is negative, it means that the level of ferritin in your blood is higher than 20ng/ml and within the normal range. However, as no test is 100% effective we would recommend that you consult your doctor if your symptoms persist.