Not many people know that there is a simple way to keep your urine test strips intact, especially since they should be lasting on average for about 90 days if stored appropriately. So if you have recently purchased urine strips or are involved in a profession where urine analysis is a large part of your practice, here are a few tips for improving the longevity of your product.
AVOID LIGHT EXPOSURE
All urine test strips are light-sensitive, so no matter what brand you purchase it is imperative that you keep them away from direct light sources. Exposure to light causes a color reaction in the test strips, which will obviously interfere with an attempt to garner an accurate reading when used.
When choosing a spot to store your urine strips keep the following in mind:
- Avoid window sills
- Avoid shelves and surfaces that are regularly in direct sunlight
- Always close the cap of the container tightly to ensure it is sealed properly
AVOID EXTREME HEAT OR COLD
Urine test strips are as sensitive to extreme temperatures as they are to sunlight, so always be careful to store them at moderate room temperature. Keeping the container away from souces of extreme heat or cold will help to prolong the life of the strips. So that means:
- Avoid window sills (sound familiar? Windows often have poor insulation leading to extreme temperatures)
- Avoid storing your container of strips by a heater or air conditioner
- Never refrigerate or store strips in a cold basement or storage room
- Be conscious not to leave strips in a car (mostly for midwives or those whose frequent client homes with their supplies)
Remember, proper product care not only saves you time but it also saves you money. So taking a few extra precautionary steps will definitely be beneficial in the long run!
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Written By: Samantha Darling for Cascade HealthCare Products