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Table 2 Number of RDT information inserts (n = 40) addressing critical steps in procedure and interpretation

From: Malaria rapid diagnostic kits: quality of packaging, design and labelling of boxes and components and readability and accuracy of information inserts

Items addressed in procedure section Number (%)
Bring the RDT device and buffer to room temperature 32 (80.0)
Check the integrity of the device package 9 (22.5)
Check expiry date 27 (67.5)
Use the device immediately after opening 28 (70.0)
Place the device on a level surface 0 (0.0)
Check the desiccant for signs of exposure to humidity 11 (27.5)
Write down sample identification 3 (7.5)
Wipe finger with alcohol 26 (65.0)
Allow the finger to dry before pricking 12 (30.0)
Hold the transfer device (loop, straw) vertical 8 (20.0)
Hold the buffer vial vertical 12 (30.0)
Do not to use another buffer than the one provided with the kit 9 (22.5)
Use an adequate light source for reading 3 (7.5)
Items addressed in interpretation section Number (%)
All possible line combinations for invalid test results are mentioned 12 (30.0)
All possible test line combinations for positive test results are mentioned 31 (77.5)
Interpretation of a faint test line as positive is mentioned 8 (20.0)
Causes of false negative results are mentioned, in particular low parasite densities 11 (27.5)
Causes of false positive results are mentioned, e.g. presence of the rheumatoid factor 3 (7.5)
Persistence of HRP-2 is mentioned 19 (47.5)
To repeat the test in case of a negative RDT result and persistent suspicion of malaria is mentioned 1 (2.5)