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Table 4 Malaria rapid test (Paracheck®) evaluation in six provinces of Laos, 2007

From: An assessment of early diagnosis and treatment of malaria by village health volunteers in the Lao PDR

Paracheck® Pf (Procedures) Non pilot provinces
n = 320
(%) Pilot Provinces
n = 320
(%) p Total
n=720
(%)
1 Preparation 152 (42.2) 298.0 (82.8) <0.001 450 (62.5)
2 Look at the expiry date 20 (5.6) 122.0 (33.9 <0.001 142 (19.7)
3 Open the package properly 315 (87.5) 327.0 (90.8) 0.1 642 (89.2)
4 Check desiccant and record 117 (32.5) 291.0 (80.8) <0.001 408 (56.7)
5 Clean middle or ring finger with the alcohol pad 329 (91.4) 341.0 (94.7) 0.1 670 (93.1)
6 Wipe off alcohol with gauze 194 (53.9) 233.0 (64.7) 0.04 427 (59.3)
7 Prick finger with sterile lancet (pick the side of finger) 355 (98.6) 339.0 (94.2) 0.002 694 (96.4)
8 Discard blood lancet 211 (58.6) 257.0 (71.4) <0.001 468 (65.0)
9 Squeeze one blood drop out 211 (58.6) 328.0 (91.1) <0.001 539 (74.9)
10 Collect blood with pipette (touch the surface of the blood drop) 224 (62.2) 330.0 (91.7) <0.001 554 (76.9)
11 Apply blood in sample well 230 (63.9) 340.0 (94.4) <0.001 570 (79.2)
12 Discard pipette 241 (66.9) 266.0 (73.9) 0.05 507 (70.4)
13 Put buffer - 6 drops in 'B' well 283 (78.6) 340.0 (94.4) <0.001 623 86.5
14 Wait for 15 min and interpret correctly 272 (75.6) 291.0 (80.8) 0.01 563 78.2
15 Record results 123 (34.2) 235.0 (65.3) <0.001 358 49.7
  Total score/15 9.1   12.2    10.7