What is SCRAMx?
SCRAMx is attached to the client with a durable and tamper-proof strap. It is worn 24/7 by the client for the duration of his or her abstinence period. Every half hour, the bracelet captures transdermal alcohol readings by sampling the insensible perspiration collected from the air above the skin. The bracelet stores the data and, at pre-determined intervals, transmits it via radio-frequency (RF) signal to the base station. The data is then securely sent to a centralized location where it is interpreted.
The SCRAMx system is the perfect choice for the following situations:
- Ensuring complete abstinence from alcohol
- Monitoring treatment progress
- Gauging client drinking patterns and tailoring individualized treatment
Continuous Alcohol Monitoring
While blood, urine, and breathalyzer tests only measure sobriety at a specific point in time, SCRAMx samples the client's sweat every half hour. This provides complete 24/7 coverage, rather than just a snapshot look at when an individual is on their best behavior. If the wearer has been drinking, SCRAMx will detect varying levels of ethanol to qualitatively determine alcohol consumption - showing if the individual has consumed a small, moderate, or substantial amount of alcohol.
Evidence-Based Assessment and Detection
The SCRAMx bracelet can conclusively distinguish between ingested and environmental alcohol due to its controlled sample delivery system. It is vitally important to be able to distinguish whether the client drank or came into contact with an environmental alcohol source. This will allow for conclusive, evidence-based decisions.
Continuous transdermal alcohol monitoring technology has been accepted in evidentiary hearings across the country, resulting in favorable Frye and/or Daubert rulings.
Cost Effective, Automated Testing
Transdermal testing has a relatively low cost per test, making it a viable and cost-effective alternative to multiple urine, saliva, and breathalyzer tests. Additionally, it is physically non-invasive and minimally disruptive on an individual's daily activities.
Case Studies and Legal Decisions
To view SCRAMx case studies and legal decisions validating the science used by the bracelet, click here.
A small amount of everything we consume is expelled through our skin in the form of insensible perspiration. The SCRAMx Bracelet uses transdermal analysis, which means it is sampling and testing the insensible perspiration that is always on your skin. The Bracelet includes the same fuel cell found in breath testing devices. The fuel cell reacts with ethanol in order to measure for the presence of alcohol. So instead of breathing into the system, the SCRAMx Bracelet takes in a sample of the perspiration in order to test for the presence of alcohol.