1. How do I find the expiration date and lot number? 
    It is on the box and the pouch. Always record the lot number and expiration date from the pouch.
  2. What if the donor has something in their mouth (gum, tobacco, cough drop, etc)? 
    Do not open the OralStat pouch. Wait 10 minutes before collecting the sample.
  3. What if the donor drops the collection swab? 
    If the cover is still on the collection swab, proceed with testing process. If the cover is off and the sponge touches anything, use a new OralStat.
  4. What if the candidate has a dry mouth?
    Do not open the pouch. Allow them to have a small glass (4-6 oz) of water and try again in 8-10 minutes.
  5. How do I know enough sample has been collected? 
    The sponge will expand fully to fill the area allowed on the collection swab.
  6. Do I have to use a timer for the sample collection?
    No. The one minute in each cheek is a minimum, the sponge must expand completely – that is the indicator.
  7. Is oral fluid/ saliva a bio-hazardous sample?
    No. The Centers for Disease Control has stated that saliva is NOT a potentially infectious bodily fluid, except during a dental procedure which may contain a large amount of blood. Also, after many studies of HIV transmission, it has been shown that HIV cannot be transmitted through saliva exposure.
  8. Is the collection swab safe to put into the mouth? 
    Yes. The collection swab is made of a medical grade absorbent fiber, used in many medical applications, such as wound dressings, surgical procedures, etc.
  9. If the test valid lines do not form, can I still read the test results if they appear?
    No. If one or both of the test valid lines do not form, the test is invalid and the results can not be used. Repeat the testing process using another OralStat device.
  10. How do I dispose of the OralStat device and collection swab?
    Once the test results have been interpreted and recorded, the device and collection swab may be disposed of in a regular waste receptacle.