Transport Media and Specimen Collection

Proper Specimen Collection And Transport Media

Learn All You Need To Know About Specimen Collection and Transport Media in 5 Minutes

Once collected and processed, specimen quality is of prime importance for test results. Using specimens that have not been properly collected, labeled, handled, or stored can have an impact on the value of a test.
Patient care decreases when lab professionals mismanage specimen. Use transport media and swabs for reliable testing results.
Follow procedures and use high-quality equipment to provide satisfactory patient care. Flocked swabs are one example of equipment used during specimen collection and with transport media.
 

Enrichment Media

 
Enrichment media facilitates the growth of a specific organism by providing essential nutrients. Or sometimes contains an inhibitory substance to prevent the growth of normal competitors.

An organism requires nutrition and a special environment to grow. Use Enrichment media when a low amount of potential pathogens are present in a specimen.

More and more, research facilities and labs are using enrichment and transport media to support the process of recovering and detecting pathogens after collection. Companies like Puritan have come up with the solutions in form of liquid-based media offerings such as Lim Broth Transport Medium.
Puritan Lim Broth Transport Medium
Puritan Lim Broth Transport Medium. LIM Broth: Liquid to test for Group B Strep in expectant mothers.
These products play a vital role in cultivating clinical specimen and making things easier for microbiologists, nurses, and other workers associated with healthcare industry.
 

Transport media

 
Transport medium is a balanced, non-nutritive medium that provides a controlled environment to maintain the survival of microorganisms.
All this without causing growth from the time of collection to the processing stage. There are many types of transport media used for different types of specimen collection.
We can generally categorize them on the basis of their physical state and their functions. Transport medium is required for samples that may contain pathogens but could not be processed right after the collection. It may be urethral swabs, stool, nasal and throat swabs.
These systems maximize specimen collection and make it more convenient via easy handling and rapid release.
For example, use UniTranz-RT® for transport of viruses. As well as Chlamydia, Mycoplasma, and Ureaplasma bacteria specimens. Contains antimicrobial agents and incorporates glass beads for efficient vortexing.
Available with a select offering of tipped applicators or as stand-alone vials.
This provides the ideal environment to protect aerobic, anaerobic, and fastidious bacteria viability for transport to the lab. Proven compatible with automated instruments and reliable for molecular transport.
Puritan UniTranz-RT 1ml Filled Vial and 6" Sterile Mini-tip Flock Swab
Puritan UniTranz-RT 1ml Filled Vial and 6″ Sterile Mini-tip Flock Swab
Almost all of these systems come with swabs for simple collection and elution. And conform to the M40-A standard for microbiological transport systems.
 
 

Pre-collection guidelines

 
For microbiology testing, initial collection of samples is of prime importance. Errors occurred at the initial stage cannot be rectified at a later stage.
Following are some useful guidelines that can help complete a satisfactory pre-collection procedure:
 
  • A person performing the test should wash hands before and after specimen collection.
  • Use Appropriate personal protective equipment such as disposable gloves throughout the process.
  • Collect Specimens in sterile medium with tight-fitting lids to prevent spillage and contamination
  • Use Transport medium to preserve microorganisms during transportation.
 
 
Accurate and rapid sensitivity reports can save lives and help provide the quick and right treatment.
Yet, you can only get accurate results when lab operators use the right methods, tools, and enrichment and transport media to collect, transport, and store the specimen.
There are plenty of options when it comes to swabs and other tools for collecting specimens for diagnostic testing.
But, it is important to equip your lab with high-quality and approved media transport swab systems and tools.

What are flocked swabs?

 

Flocked VS Spun Fiber Swabs
Flocked VS Spun Fiber Swabs
Leading health researchers are of the opinion that flocked swabs are the top innovative, single-use devices that accommodate superior specimen collection and elution processes.
Flocking is a process where multi length-fibers are applied to an adhesive-coated surface to bring about improved sample collection characteristics in the applicator.
When it comes to specimen collection, Flocked swabs offer many applications and advantages.
Health professional use flocked swabs and transport media to detect and recover pathogens.
Flocked swabs have uniform, fine bristles arranged around the applicator tip. This assures ultra-clean tips and reliable performance.
Unlike traditional wound fiber swabs, flocked swabs have no internal core to absorb and trap collected specimens.
Flocked swabs have a velvet-like brush tip and provide superior collection and release characteristics.
Following are some of the characteristics of flocked swabs:

1. Best sampling

Flocked swabs have the ability to collect organisms and rapidly release entire cells.
Flocked swabs an ideal choice for rapid diagnostic tests. Patented Puritan flocked swabs known for premium quality manufacturing and unique design leading to higher sample yields.

2. Rapid elution

It is important to collect and keep a larger amount of specimen to generate refined results.
Flocked swabs designed by Puritan have no inner fabric to absorb the specimen that leads to rapid elution.
They not only bring about better sample yield, but also facilitate a complete release of the sample into liquid media.

3. Improved diagnostic sensitivity

Accurate, rapid culture, and sensitivity reports are critical factors in examining biological elements.
A patient with an infection needs quick and appropriate treatment. Puritan’s patented flocked technology turns each strand of fiber into a fiber-like brush.
Which makes it possible to obtain excellent collection and release of specimen samples.

4. Easy handling

Puritan flocked swabs support easy and effective transport procedures. Pre-molded breakpoints with printed instructions make it easy to break the handle before attaching the cap to the vial.
After sampling, one can replace the top part of the tube cap for trouble-free transport.
 

How Harmony can help

 
Harmony Business Supplies offers viable, dependable, high performing Puritan swabs, applicators, tongue depressors, and other clinical tools.
You’ll find specialized specimen collection and handling applicators including media transport system kits that include collection swabs.
You can call us and get free help if you need more information on our products. We will be happy to assist you.

Electronics Cleaning: Inside & Out

Electronics Cleaning

Learn How To Clean Your Computer & Electronics In 3 Minutes…

Secrets of Computer & Electronics Cleaning

Affordable And Effective Techniques to Keep Your Electronics Clean Inside & Out

Dust accumulation can damage computers and gadgets.

Dust accumulation can damage computers and gadgets.

Long-term dust exposure and lack of cleaning can block critical components like fans.
 
We know how dangerous it could be for a computer when its fan stops working. It is better to take timely measures to prevent computer failures.
 
Check out effective and inexpensive tools to keep your electronics clean and healthy.

Regular Air Dusting

Do you clean your computer?
 
Most people do not bother to clean their computers and let dust accumulate inside.
 
When dust accumulates, components don’t get airflow they need to prevent excessive heat. This could damage your computer’s hardware.

 

Here’s the deal:

Regular dusting with the right tools is the only solution to avoid this issue.
 
Cleaning the inside of your computer with canned air dusters is affordable and effective. Keep your gadgets and workstations performing.
 
CleanTex offers air dusters designed to clean the inside of computers and other sensitive electronics.
 
When it comes to regular dusting, use air dusters that provide easy and precise cleaning. You need pure air and strong blasts.
CleanTex AccuDuster III Air Duster
CleanTex AccuDuster III Air Duster

Computer Cleaning Wipes

Crystal clear screens provide brighter colors, more contrast, and a better visual experience.
 
Keep the display of your gadgets and computers free of smudges and dirt.
 
…Don’t Use Any Cleaner!
 
Computer cleaning wipes are quick and cost-effective. With computer cleaning solution that’s safe to use on your electronics and computers.
 
Use wipes to clean many devices including televisions, smartphones, monitors, and notebooks.
 
CleanTex AllScreens Monitor Wipes, for example, is ideal for cleaning all types of screens. CleanTex also provides reliable keyboard cleaning solutions.
 
Use Keyboard cleaning swabs to clean keyboards without spending too much money. All you have to do is remove the loose debris and use wet keyboard swabs to clean the area surrounding each key.
CleanTex Wet & Dry Wipes
CleanTex Wet & Dry Wipes

Where can I find dependable electronics cleaning products?

It’s challenging to find a supplier that with quality electronics cleaning products at affordable prices.
 
It is hard to find proven and cost-effective gadget cleaning products for your business. You will get a wide selection of computer cleaning wipes and powerful clean air dusters at Harmony.
 
Careful:
 
Your gadgets are not as resilient as they might look. Rubbing them down with a paper or piece of cloth can cause serious damage.
 
Do not take the risk when you can have inexpensive and effective solutions at your doorstep.
 
Sani-Com Cleaning Towelettes
Sani-Com Cleaning Towelettes

Clean, Efficient, Affordable

Clean your computers and components to keep them in great working condition.
 
Provide employees with a clean working environment. Improve their productivity, and improve the performance of your equipment.
 
The cleaning solutions discussed here will not only keep your computers clean but also help you reduce repair costs.
 
Call us at (800) 899-1255 if you are ready to buy the highest quality and most dependable computer and electronic cleaning wipes, swabs, and air dusters.

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MALDI-TOF MS Analysis: Inoculation Loops vs Wooden Transfer Sticks?

MALDI-TOF MS Analysis: Inoculation Loops vs Wooden Transfer Sticks?

MALDI analysis stands for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization and is used in a variety of industries to identify bio-molecules, such as DNA as well as organic molecules, such as polymers. TOF MS stands for time of flight mass spectrometry. MALDI-TOF MS can be used in microbiology, as well as biochemistry and medicine.

In medicine specifically, the technique is used to diagnose certain diseases. For instance, MALDI-TOF can identify a specific membrane protein linked to pancreatic cancer, and it can also pick up on necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a serious disease that can affect infants. MALDI-TOF is commonly used to detect potentially aggressive diseases because it can analyze samples rapidly. It does not require the same amount of time required to process samples as certain other sampling techniques, such as X-ray crystallography.

Inoculation/Smear Loops & Microstreakers for MALDI-TOF

Inoculation/Smear Loop
Inoculation/Smear Loop

However, the tools with which MALDI-TOF is performed also impact the rate at which results are produced. For many years, lab technicians have relied on metal or plastic inoculation loops, commonly referred to also as smear loops and microstreakers, to collect bacteria for MALDI-TOF testing. While reusing an instrument may seem like it would help you save on operating costs, the process can actually have adverse effects: it’s quite time-consuming and can even compromise your samples.

Consider the fact that traditional inoculation loops must be completely sterile before being used. Using a micro incinerator or Bunsen burner, the person processing the sample must autoclave the inoculation loop for a period of at least 10 seconds prior to sampling. This must be completed every time, which can lead to a long, drawn-out process. Additionally, you must also introduce your environment to an open flame repeatedly, which presents its own set of risks.

The inoculation loop must then be cooled, but in order to prevent contamination, you must use a pure sterilization source such as sterile agar. The instrument should be cooled for at least 15 seconds to cool it completely; otherwise, you could risk compromising the bacteria due to its heat.

In clinical environments where many samples are processed in the course of one day, this procedure can quickly become too time-intensive. Additionally, the risks of human error and potential contamination increase substantially when you continuously reuse the same instrument. Thus, many users have sought disposable solutions to expedite their workflow. Unfortunately, plastic loops can be too costly to dispose of between each sample. For this reason, many lab techs need a cost-effective yet sterile instrument they can perform MALDI-TOF testing with.

Disposable Wooden Applicator Transfer Sticks for MALDI-TOF

Puritan Pointed Wood Applicator Sticks
Puritan Pointed Wood Applicator Sticks

Enter the Puritan Tapered Pointed wooden applicator stick. Featuring pointed tips, these sticks can transfer samples with ease, completely eliminating the need for sterilization in between processing. They’re also affordable enough to be disposed of without impacting your bottom line. And in fact, because of the time savings achieved through this approach, using disposable wooden applicator sticks to perform MALDI-TOF testing typically winds up being the more economical option in the long run. You can choose from Sterile or non-sterile applicators for transfer to MALDI racks for analysis.

Harmony Business Supplies has a broad range of wooden applicators available online, including sterile tapered pointed wooden applicator sticks. If you need any assistance with your order, simply reach out to one of our product specialists for help.

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Industrial Uses for Foam-Tipped Applicators

Industrial Uses for Foam-Tipped Applicators

Industrial Uses for Foam-Tipped Applicators

There are countless areas throughout manufacturing and industrial environments which need to be cleaned regularly. However, many of these are tight, hard-to-reach or delicate spots, and regular cleaning tools are simply too large or cumbersome to do the job. For these reasons, many companies turn to foam-tipped applicators for precise, effective cleaning.

Foam swabs are the right tool for any jobs that demand precision, detailing, and cleanliness. The foam is soft and non-abrasive, making it safe for use on even your most sensitive manufacturing or industrial components. They’re also ideal for cleanroom use, as they feature thermal bonding to prevent contamination. While foam applicators are soft enough for gentle cleaning, they’re still sturdy enough to avoid bending, flexing, and folding during regular use. They can be used either wet or dry. With many different configurations available, there’s a specific swab available to meet the needs of any application.

Some industries that can benefit from foam-tipped applicators include printing, precision manufacturing, electronics, semiconductors, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. Below, we’ll discuss some of the many of the general purposes these swabs are used for.

Apply Solutions with Foam Applicators

When you need to precisely apply cleaning solvents, adhesives, paints, or lubricants, a regular cleaning cloth won’t do. Foam swabs like the Puritan foam-tipped applicator or the CleanTex Large Foam Swab have an open-cell structure which creates an optimal holding capacity, making it easier for you to perform precise cleanings and applications. They’re also free of adhesives and shred-resistant to keep contaminants away from small machine components.

Clean Small Parts with Foam Swabs

Small, grooved areas in fiber optics can benefit from non-abrasive foam applicators like the TekniSwab cleanroom foam swab or the Chemtronics Foam Flextip Swab. With a conical screw tip, the applicator can successfully remove buildup and excess production material from extremely tight spaces.

Foam Tipped Swabs to Remove Contaminants

Virtually any industrial or manufacturing setting has surfaces and components that need to be cleaned regularly for optimal efficiency. Chemtronics Foamtips Swabs are lint-free and non-abrasive; perfect for cleaning. In the manufacturing of electronic components, for instance, few particles can be present during critical phases of production, and even the presence of static could compromise your products. To limit contaminants and control static in these environments, swabs like the Puritan anti-static foam swab are a leading choice.

Now that we’ve discussed some of the general ways foam tipped swabs can be used in the industrial or manufacturing sectors, let’s look briefly at just a few specific solutions they provide by industry:

Some Foam Tip Swab Uses by Industry

Circuit Boards & Flat Panels (& Electronics)

During the production and handling of flat-panels and circuit boards, small components like the interiors of orifices and tubes must be cleaned. Because they are inaccessible by larger cleaning instruments, foam-tipped swabs are often the go-to cleaning tool for these minute spaces.

Aerospace

In industries like aerospace, employees may handle coated lenses regularly. To perform a thorough surface cleaning without impacting the lens coating, you’ll need to use a nonabrasive foam tip. They’re also useful for cleaning small mirrored surfaces and fiber-optic sensors.

Semi-Conductor Manufacturing

Before devices produced in semi-conductor manufacturing can be sealed, their O-ring chambers must be cleaned. Many manufacturers turn to static-free foam-tip swabs to perform the task safely and efficiently.

 

No matter your needs, Harmony Business Supplies has dozens of foam tip applicators to help you maintain a clean, sanitary work environment. To explore their options, browse through our swabs online now or get in touch with a product specialist today.