GARGTEST is a unique self-sampling device based on the principle of gargling of the oral cavity and pharynx.

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What is GARGTEST?

GARGTEST is a unique self-sampling device based on the principle of gargling of the oral cavity and pharynx. It was developed by researchers from the Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacký University in Olomouc, and the innovative companies IntelIMed, s.r.o. and AUMED, a.s.. The self-sampling device is intended for collecting samples, which are then tested in a professional laboratory for the presence of viruses infecting the oral cavity and upper respiratory tract. The test is performed by this laboratory using commonly available nucleic acid isolation procedures and by detection based on nucleic acid amplification. In the transport medium, viruses remain vital and can also be used for culture tests.

Why GARGTEST?

It is a painless way of sampling from the pharynx and oral cavity which does not irritate the mucosa

Irrigation of the oral cavity and the pharynx by gargling is a reliable method of self-sampling for virological testing

 Filing in the electronic test order by yourself will speed up the process in the laboratory

Why gargling?

1. Irrigation of the oral cavity and the pharynx by gargling is a reliable method of self-sampling for virological testing, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

2. This new method of diagnostic self-collection is functionally comparable and does not differ statistically from the collection performed by healthcare professionals using nasopharyngeal swabs.

3. Self-sampling by gargling is safe, simple, and easy to do, even by an instructed layman.

4. There is no need for assistance from medical staff during self-sampling.

5. It is a completely painless way of sampling from the pharynx and oral cavity which does not irritate the mucosa, even when a repeated sampling is performed.

6. The collected sample is stabilized with a special buffer and storage or transport to laboratories at a reduced temperature is not necessary.

7. Viruses remain stable in the solution for a long period of time over a wide range of temperatures (from 4–37 °C) for at least 1 week.

What is GARGTEST not intended for?

1. GARGTEST does not prove the presence of a virus on the point-of-care (upon the sampling), it is only a kit for self-sampling biological material which must be further tested in a medical laboratory.

2. GARGTEST is not suitable for the examination of bacterial flora, as the stabilizing solution contains substances that suppress the growth of bacteria, yeasts and fungi.

Important notes

1. Do not use the GARGTEST self-sampling set if it is damaged or has expired – see expiration date on the package.

2. The self-sampling set is intended for single use only.

3. The fine powder at the bottom of the collection tube usually forms a hard, homogeneous layer. Disintegration of this layer does not damage the product and does not affect its performance. Do not inhale or ingest the powder.

Please read instructions before before use to understand self-collective procedure. Make sure there is a barcode with an identification number on the sampling tube. You will need the barcode identification number to begin registration of the electronic test order form! You can fill the electronic order on this website. Wash your hands properly before using the test!
You will usually recieve your test results via text message. Therefore, it’s necessary to provide your mobile telephone number in the test order form.

The list of the testing laboratories:
Institute of molecular and translational medicine OLOMOUC
Hospital Bulovka PRAGUE
GHC Genetics PRAGUE

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List of the laboratories providing GARGTEST examinations 

The institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine

OLOMOUC

University Hospital Bulovka Department of Clinical Microbiology

PRAGUE

Contact:
266 082 619
266 082 622
266 082 323

GHC Clinic Prague

PRAGUE

NEXTLAB

PRAGUE
ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE
PILSEN
ŠTĚTÍ

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