Injuries have included accidental use of test solution as eyedrops and children ingesting test parts and swallowing test solution.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety communication regarding the potential for harm if FDA authorized at-home COVID-19 tests are not used according to the manufacturer’s test instructions.
The typical elements of at-home COVID-19 are test cartridges, nasal swabs, and small plastic vials with liquid solution that may contain chemicals such as sodium azide. The incorrect use of these tests may cause harm if, for instance, the liquid solution comes in contact with the skin, nose, mouth, or eyes, or if it is swallowed.
Reports have been submitted to the FDA of injuries caused by incorrect use of at-home COVID-19 tests, including:
The FDA provides the following recommendations to ensure safe use of all at-home CVOID-19 tests:
Issues related to COVID-19 testing should be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Voluntary Reporting program.
Consider making the following information available to all patients in your practice or clinic:
Reference: Use and store at-home COVID-19 tests properly to avoid potential harm: FDA safety communication. News release. US Food and Drug Administration. Accessed March 23, 2022.