What is the sweat patch?

The Sweat Patch utilizes an absorbent pad to capture insensible perspiration—the uncontrolled loss of sweat from the skin—in an absorbent pad. Approximately 300–700 mL of insensible sweat is excreted each day, and about 2mL is absorbed in the patch each week. The semi-permeable polyurethane film allows small molecules, such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water vapour to pass through the patch, leaving the skin underneath healthy and sterile.

When an individual uses drugs, the chemical components of the drugs enter the body and metabolize throughout. Some of the metabolites, as well as the parent drug in trace amounts, make it to the skin via sweat. The Sweat Patch sits on top of the skin, where the absorbent pad can collect sweat samples from the time of application until its removal and collection.

The Sweat Patch with the Overlay will continuously test 24/7 for up to 14 days.

The standard panel detects Cocaine, Opiates (Codeine, Morphine, Heroin), Phencyclidine (PCP), Amphetamines including Methamphetamine and Marijuana (THC).

The enhanced panel detects the standard panel drugs as well as drugs and Hydrocodone Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, Oxymorphone. There is also a fentanyl add-on for these panels.

To arrange testing at our Hornsby office or for workplace onsite testing (subject to minimum numbers)

 please contact Vicki on 0410 659 670.