BreathScan .02% (1 test)

BreathScan .02% (1 test)

0.02%BreathScan is the only disposable breath alcohol detector that is FDA 510(k) approved which shows that it is superior to and easier-to-use than any other disposable alcohol tester.

One set of instructions are shipped per order.

Our Price:$3.99/test
Tests/box: 1 test/box
Minimum order: Min 6 tests

BreathScan .02%

The ONLY disposable breath alcohol detector that is FDA 510(k) approved

This test comes with only one set of instructions per order; ie. if you order 100 breathalyzers, you would only receive one set of instructions, or if you ordered 6 breathalyzers, you would only receive one set of instructions, etc.

Overview

Alcohol is society's number one drug. Two thirds of all substance abuse is related to alcohol. Thirty percent of all hospital admissions are alcohol related. It is present in over half of all highway fatalities. The lion's share of our health-care dollar is spent on problems caused by alcohol abuse. Several different methodologies are available for alcohol testing. Alcohol can be tested in the blood, breath, urine, and saliva.

Breath Alcohol Testing

It is well proven that there is a direct correlation between a person's blood alcohol concentration and his breath alcohol concentration. During respiration, gas is exchanged from the lungs to the blood (primarily oxygen) during inhalation, and vice versa (primarily C02) during exhalation. During this exchange, alcohol in the blood vaporizes and is carried out of the lungs in the exhaled breath.

There are several types of breath alcohol testers available today. These range from disposable screening testers to the equipment that provides legally admissible results, including very expensive digital read-out breath alcohol monitors. These types of' testers fall into three categories: Evidential Breath Testing Devices (provides forensic quality results), Portable Hand Held Devices (provides non-forensic results), and Disposable Devices (provides non-forensic results). The evidential breath testing devices are generally expensive (costs range from $2000-$5000 per unit), require regular maintenance, repair and calibration, and must be operated by certified personnel. Attachments such as sterile mouth pieces must be used each time a test is performed. These units are large table top units designed to be used in one location. Movement can cause a change in calibration which will require maintenance.

The portable hand held devices provide non-forensic results and are used for screening for alcohol. Portables are less accurate than evidential devices and require a recovery period between tests, limiting the number of tests that can be performed per hour. Hand held models break easily and require regular repair. The disposable devices are practical, non-invasive, cost effective methods of screening for alcohol. The cost per test for preliminary screening using these types of devices is generally considerably less than the cost of testing using mechanical types of testers.

In the past, manufacturers of these testers have been unable to produce a tester that was accurate, was capable of providing consistent results, had an adequate shelf life, or was simple enough for an untrained person to use.

The BreathScan detector, a disposable breath-alcohol indicator designed for one time use, provides an accurate measure of the alcohol present in the exhaled breath of the test subject. By measuring the alcohol content in the breath, a reliable indication of the blood alcohol level is achieved.

The BreathScan detector employs a new, patented technology for simple, on-the-spot screening for the presence of blood alcohol of the test subject. The BreathScan tester can be used once and then disposed of, minimizing contamination associated with repeated use of non-disposable units (no AIDS cross transmission). Low cost and ease of use make the BreathScan tester ideal for screening to determine whether an individual should submit to a forensic quality blood test for confirmation.

Here is the principle upon which the BreathScan detector works: the ethyl alcohol in the blood escapes through the lung tissue into the exhaled breath. The presence of ethyl alcohol in the breath is detectable by a color change of very sensitive chemically coated crystals contained in the BreathScan tester. The BreathScan alcohol detector keeps the chemically coated crystals fresh in a hermetically sealed ampoule until the test is to be administered. Immediately prior to use, the ampoule is ruptured by slight finger pressure on the outer flexible clear tube to release crystals within the confines of the tube.

When the subject exhales into the tube, the fresh crystals interact with breath vapor and change color from yellow to blue if alcohol is present. If all the crystals change color completely, this indicates that the subject's blood alcohol level is at or over the level being tested for. The accuracy of this chemical reaction has been scientifically documented and is the type of reaction which is utilized in legally substantiated test devices used by law enforcement agencies.

The BreathScan device detects the presence of alcohol as low as .02%, and distinguishes low levels of alcohol from levels in excess of .10% (legal intoxication in many states). The crystals in the BreathScan alcohol detector are unaffected by heat and cold and the shelf life is unlimited. Each tester is good until the glass ampoule inside the tester is broken. Product Validation Numerous independent laboratory tests have established the reliability of the BreathScan tester. Without exception, they have found the BreathScan tester to have a high degree of accuracy and reliability. Examples of those who conducted tests on BreathScan include:

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • The Colorado Department of Health
  • The Denver Police Department
  • W.R. Grace & Company
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes

Blood Alcohol Testing

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is considered to be the standard for measuring the degree to which an individual is impaired by alcohol. For years, studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between the blood alcohol concentration and the degree to which reactions and judgments are impaired. The methodology used for blood alcohol testing is Gas Chromatography and is the most accurate forensic quality test in the industry today. However, drawing blood is an invasive and expensive procedure that most companies prefer to avoid.

Urine Alcohol Testing

Although urine alcohol testing will indicate the presence of alcohol in a person's system, it will not indicate an individual's current condition. Once consumed, alcohol enters the blood through the stomach within about 15 minutes, causing immediate impairment. It is then metabolized by the body and, after 1 to 2 hours, will begin to show up in the urine. Therefore, urine alcohol does not give a true picture of the person's current condition. The results indicate the person's condition several hours before. Additionally, urine alcohol concentration does not directly correspond to blood alcohol concentration.

Urine alcohol concentration will vary depending on the person's metabolism and the amount of fluid in his system. For instance, a person who is slightly dehydrated will tend to have a higher alcohol concentration in his urine than someone who has a normal level of fluid in his system. At least one study has indicated that a false positive for urine alcohol can occur. High levels of sugar and acetone in the body can cause fermentation in the urine, creating a false positive for urine alcohol.

All things considered, the urine alcohol test is the least preferred test available for alcohol testing. Here is the principle upon which the BreathScan detector works: the ethyl alcohol in the blood escapes through the lung tissue into the exhaled breath. The presence of ethyl alcohol in the breath is detectable by a color change of very sensitive chemically coated crystals contained in the BreathScan tester.

The BreathScan alcohol detector keeps the chemically coated crystals fresh in a hermetically sealed ampoule until the test is to be administered. Immediately prior to use, the ampoule is ruptured by slight finger pressure on the outer flexible clear tube to release crystals within the confines of the tube. When the subject exhales into the tube, the fresh crystals interact with breath vapor and change color from yellow to blue, if alcohol is present. If all the crystals change color completely, this indicates that the subject's blood alcohol level is at or over the level being tested for.

The accuracy of this chemical reaction has been scientifically documented, and is the type of reaction which is utilized in legally substantiated test devices used by law enforcement agencies. The BreathScan device detects the presence of alcohol as low as .02%, and distinguishes low levels of alcohol from levels in excess of .10% (legal intoxication in many states). The crystals in the BreathScan alcohol detector are unaffected by heat and cold and the shelf life is unlimited. Each tester is good until the glass ampoule inside the tester is broken.

Saliva Alcohol Testing

The second type of disposable tester available today tests the saliva for alcohol presence. Although a correlation between blood alcohol concentration and saliva alcohol concentration is believed to exist, the technology and chemical reaction which is employed in all of these testers has not been proven to be accurate or reliable.

Saliva testers are treated with an enzyme Alcohol Oxidase, which responds to alcohol in proportion to the concentration of alcohol in a mixed saliva sample placed on it. The user estimates the BAC by comparing the color change on the test strip patch to standard colors calibrated to correspond to different BAC's. Although some saliva testers seem to indicate the presence of alcohol fairly well, the enzyme alcohol oxidase used in these testers is easily effected by hot and cold temperatures.

Hot temperatures will tend to indicate falsely high readings, while cold temperatures will tend to indicate falsely low readings. Exposure to temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit or to ambient air will destroy the enzyme alcohol oxidase rendering the tester useless.

Most saliva testers give no indication if contamination has occurred, they just won't work. Saliva testers generally have a shelf life of one year or less. Additionally, most saliva testers, and few breath testers, have test results from independent laboratories. The BreathScan alcohol detector has been validated by numerous independent laboratory tests.

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