The Dos and Don'ts of Lateral Flow Testing at Home
Lateral flow devices have been approved for home use by the government in order to test asymptomatic individuals. Firms with 10 employees or more are being encouraged to apply for free test kits so that their employees can test themselves for Covid-19 before coming into the workplace. At home lateral flow testing will play a crucial role in minimising the spread of the coronavirus as lockdown restrictions ease and businesses begin to open their doors again.
Moore MedTech are helping firms to support their staff when they are testing themselves at home and ensure that results are as accurate as possible. We can deliver training and support sessions with nursing professionals to ensure that your employees feel comfortable with the testing process. We also provide instructional videos, FAQs and PDF guides within your firm’s own micro site to ensure that your staff have all the resources they need when self-testing for Covid-19.
Here are some Do's and Don’ts you should follow when testing yourself at home:
Store your kits safely:
Keep them in a secure, dark place at room temperature. Make sure they are away from direct sunlight or heating sources and not in the fridge or freezer. Keep them away from children and pets.
Have your smartphone ready:
In many cases, you will need your phone to scan a QR code on your test kit so that your results can be uploaded to the NHS Track and Trace system. Your phone will also be handy to use as a timer to ensure you are reading your result at the correct time.
Sanitise your hands and surfaces before taking your test:
It is important that you have a clean and disinfected work surface on which to prepare your testing equipment to avoid cross contamination. You should also make sure your hands are clean before taking your test.
Read the instructions carefully:
Each brand of test kit has its own set of specific instructions. You need to familiarise yourself with the process even if you have done a lateral flow test before as the instructions may vary.
Take your time:
Taking a lateral flow test can be uncomfortable. Make sure you relax and allow yourself plenty of time when taking your sample.
Take care when reading your results:
The result can be difficult to read if you are not familiar with lateral flow devices. Even a faint line indicates a positive result for Covid-19.
Dispose of your test after use:
Once the test is completed, dispose of it in your normal household waste.
Take the test if you have symptoms of Covid-19:
Asymptomatic lateral flow testing is for people who are not displaying symptoms of the virus. If you are feeling unwell, book a PCR test via the government website and follow the guidance on self-isolating.
Lose your lateral flow test kits:
Make sure you do not forget where you have stored your testing equipment.
Take the test if you feel unsure:
If you do not feel confident with the testing process, go over the instructions again and make sure you are happy with the steps you must take. If you are still unsure, seek further guidance from your organisation and do not attempt the test.
Read the results after the given time limit:
If you have missed the window in which your test should be read, discard the test and take a new one. Lateral flow tests must be read within the allotted timeframe to ensure an accurate result. Reading the test too quickly or too slowly could result in a false negative or false positive outcome.
Disregard government guidelines if your result is negative:
It is still important to follow guidelines on social distancing and to wear a face covering even if your result is negative. Lateral flow tests are not 100% accurate and therefore you must still proceed with caution to protect yourself and those around you.
Self-testing for Covid-19 can feel like a scary process to begin with. Click here to contact a member of our team and find out how we can help your staff to feel reassured when testing themselves at home.
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