The innovative PARATEST® System has had a real impact on the routine operations and costs of running laboratories that perform stool tests for parasites. This product has become a great success in parasitological research all over the world because it broke new ground exactly where the market needed it most, effectively benefiting the work of the lab technician.
The PARATEST System encompasses the entire parasitological examination in stool, from collection, through conservation (Greenfix®), dilution, filtration, and transport, resulting in highly clean sediments for microscopic analysis. The system relies on a 266-micron filtering system, especially developed for DK Diagnostics.
Thus, more tests are carried out in less time and space which leads to better cost-benefits than traditional methods.
The polyester mesh homogeneity is also an important factor because it allows 100% utilization of the filtering area.
Another factor for the success of this new product is the underlying methodology. Because of more effective filtering, the process only requires one step, i.e., the lab technician simply dissolves the sample by shaking the bottle, placing it in an inverted position for 15 minutes to obtain the proper concentration, followed by pouring a drop on the slide for microscopic examination.
The methodology can be adapted to any other that better fits the laboratory’s routine, but all the product’s advantages will remain, no matter which methodology is chosen.
- Defines the sample amount;
- Eliminates odors;
- Doesn’t require refrigeration;
- Sample conservation: up to 15 days;
- Biosafe (no handling the sample).
In the first half of 2010 the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a call for the submisison of new medical technologies. The goal was to identify and evaluate innovative devices already available, or in development, that addressed global health issues and concerns. The search was directed at products that would be accessible, appropriate, and feasible for use in low- and middle-income countries.
DK Diagnostics submitted PARATEST to WHO's committee of evaluators, which carefully scrutinized all the technologies it received. The committee selected only 15 of the many presenthat were sent in. PARATEST is item 1.1. on the report.
WHO subsequently in- vited PARATEST to be part of the Second Global Forum for Innovative Devices, which took place in Genève last month.