Self-test for the detection of ferritin levels in whole blood samples
IRON STORAGE & FERRITIN
Ferritin is the protein used to store iron in the body: the dosage of this protein is an excellent indicator of the amount of iron available.
Iron is an essential metal for our body and it is essential for the transport of oxygen in the blood, for the multiplication of cells and for building the structure of tissues and organs. However, if in excess, it turns out to be toxic: this is why our body has a system to introduce iron from the outside and keep it stored inside the cells in a non-excessive form – and therefore non-toxic. Low levels of ferritin in the blood indicate the absence of iron in the deposits, a condition that precedes the development of anemia.
WHO IS THIS TEST FOR?
IRON FER TEST is useful for checking the body’s iron reserves.
A decrease in blood ferritin levels can be caused by conditions and diseases such as anemia, pregnancy, bleeding, impaired iron absorption and tuberculosis.
IRON FER TEST is an immunochromatographic device that detects ferritin values in blood below the cut-off of 30 ng/mL.
1 test cassette
1 vial with dropper containing the diluent
2 sterile lancets
1 pipette for blood sampling
1 cleanser gauze
instructions for use
Draw a blood sample by using the sterile lancet provided;
Collect the sample indicated with the black line by using the capillary pipette provided;
Deposit the collected specimen into the sample well (S) indicated on the test cassette;
Add 2 drops of the diluent and wait 5 minutes before reading the result.
ferritin levels in the blood are above 30 ng/mL. Cases where the ferritin concentration is just below this value (27 ng/mL-29 ng/mL) can give a similar result.
ferritin value in blood is lower than the cut-off, it is necessary to consult your doctor.
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The test has been carried out correctly when the instructions for use are followed. It includes the reading time and the interpretation of the results shown at the "RESULTS INTERPRETATION" section of the instructions for use.
A colored line will appear at the control region (C) on the test device, showing that the test performed correctly. The absence of the colored line suggests to repeat the test with a new device and a new sample.
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