SCRAM is a device worn on the client’s ankle, 24 hours a day, each day while active in the program. The SCRAM device continuously monitors a client for alcohol consumption by regularly (every 30 minutes) testing the client’s sweat for alcohol metabolites. If alcohol is consumed, SCRAM will detect it and further action will be taken by the program.
SCRAM is an acronym that stands for Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor. The device looks like a tether, secured against the skin and regularly takes a sample of a person’s sweat usually every thirty minutes. More accurately, the SCRAM measures the gas alcohol concentration over the skin. The device then analyzes it for alcohol. If the device detects alcohol it will take readings more often. The SCRAM will take the alcohol readings and, using a formula and programming created by its manufacturer, reports the alcohol content in terms of a TAC – transdermal alcohol content. The TAC is supposed equate to BAC – blood alcohol content as its expressed for DUI prosecutions. The data is stored in the device until it is downloaded via an at home located modem or at the agency provider who administers the unit. The data is collected and reported in a graph to be analyzed by an employee trained to properly do so to determine if the graph represents an alcohol consumption event.
PharmCheck Sweat Patch
The Sweat patch is a small patch worn by the client. A tamper evident, waterproof, adhesive seal is placed over the patch on application. While it is worn, the patch collects sweat samples, which are then tested for any illicit use of psychoactive substances. If any substances were consumed while wearing the patch, they will be detected by our lab upon collection.