Guidance for New Patients
Here at Alpha Laboratories we understand that in the current situation access to your clinic for calprotectin testing may be more difficult.
In order to keep well patients out of hospital, your clinician may have introduced you to IBDoc®, a home test and smartphone App that enables you to measure your own calprotectin levels in the comfort and safety of your home.
To help you through this difficult time, we have compiled some useful information below about Calprotectin testing, and how to use the IBDoc, which we hope will assist you when access to your IBD clinic is more tricky.
About the IBDoc® App
CalApp® is the smartphone app used with the IBDoc Calprotectin Home Test. It is available for Android and iOS devices. As part of the IBDoc System, CalApp® has been validated for the smartphones listed in this flyer*:
Download the App
Scan this QR to take you straight to your phone’s App store, where you can download the App directly. If your phone isn’t compatible, you should get a message stating that the App is not applicable for the device you are using.
*If your phone isn’t on the approved list, then you just need access to a phone that is – a family member for example.
Access to the App and the data is password protected, so only you will be able to access it.
Introduction to the IBDoc® Calprotectin Home Test
IBDoc® Home Test – Step by Step Instructions
Performing a Test:
Original Packaging Format
Performing a Test:
New Packaging May 2020
Read the Patient Blog: IBDoc® and Me
Having struggled with his disease for the last 25 years, Lee Stanley hoped that being able to use the IBDoc would help him to self manage the condition whilst expanding his extremely limited diet. After all, there is only so much chicken, carrot and rice that one person can take!
However, at the time there were no clinics offering IBDoc that Lee could access. Now that Lee has gained access to the IBDoc, he is doing a blog to chart his experience.
Join Lee on his journey and see how he gets on performing his own calprotectin tests.
How to Take a Sample for Faecal Calprotectin Testing
Calprotectin enters the stool whilst it is contact with the gut wall, and the concentration will vary depending on the transit time of the gut contents. If things are moving rapidly then it may not collect much calprotectin! For this reason it is recommended that the first stool of the day is used – this is likely to have been in the gut overnight and so should contain the highest level of calprotectin. If the first stool isn’t possible then use a sample where there has been a reasonable time between bowel movements.
Empty the bladder before collecting the sample to avoid contamination and dilution with urine. The sample must not come into contact with the toilet water which may contain chemicals that could influence the test result.
Additional COVID-19 Guidance
COVID-19 UK IBD Tool for Patients
Developed by the IBD Registry through the COVID-19 working group with BSG support, this useful tool for IBD patients has been designed to support the doctors treating you in hospital to identify high-risk patients with inflammatory bowel disease, to assist the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) and Crohn’s and Colitis UK with their wider messaging strategy for patients, and to enable further communication with patients related to COVID-19 and IBD if required.
Find out more here
The top 10 tips for people with Crohn’s disease and UC during the COVID-19 pandemic presented by Professor Charlie Lees: