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Not All Liquid Transport Systems for Specimen Processors are Created Equal!

Nov 25, 2014 3:06:54 PM

In the world of microbiology, automated liquid handling and testing has streamlined both specimen collection and transport processes. The ability to run multiple tests from the same specimen requires the capacity to easily transform a swab sample into liquid phase.

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Topics: Specimen Collection, Media Transport System, Liquid Amies

Foam & Polyester Swabs for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Environments

Nov 19, 2014 2:55:01 PM

Pharmaceutical manufacturing environments necessitate the implementation and validation of standard cleanroom procedures to ensure vaccinations and other pharmaceuticals are free from unacceptable levels of contaminants. 

Puritan Medical Products manufactures a number of environmental monitoring products appropriate for cleanroom sanitation and validation, including our line of knitted polyester swabs and our foam-tipped environmental sampling swabs.

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Topics: Foam Tipped Swab, Environmental Sampling, Polyester Tipped Swab, Critical Environment

How to Use Flocked Swabs: HydraFlock® & PurFlock Ultra®

Nov 17, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Proper specimen collection is critical for rapid and accurate diagnosis of clinical specimens. Individually wrapped Puritan HydraFlock® and PurFlock Ultra® swabs are sterile, ready-to-use devices for the collection of clinical samples. This post details how to get the best possible samples using Puritan flocked swabs. 

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Topics: Specimen Collection, Hydraflock, Flocked Swabs, PurFlock Ultra

Medical Swabs: How to Choose the Right Tools

Nov 7, 2014 2:48:37 PM

From specimen collection and wound treatment to equipment maintenance and medicine application, medical professionals perform a range of duties every day; each calling for a different set of tools. 

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Topics: Foam Tipped Swab, Flocked Swabs, Cotton Tipped Applicators, Polyester Tipped Swab, Medical, Rayon Tipped Swabs

Influenza Test Procedure & More: Puritan’s Flu Central

Oct 27, 2014 8:58:54 AM

Ebola. Enterovirus. What’s next? Let’s not forget about the United States’ most prevalent and insidious virus: the flu. 

Last week, a toddler in Delaware was identified as the first influenza case of the 2014/2015 year. Flu season is officially underway. We send out hundreds of viral transport media kits for flu testing and field dozens of questions from healthcare professionals about what equipment to have on hand. 

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Topics: Flu, UniTranz-RT, Flocked Swab, Flu Testing, Diagnostic

How to Collect a Nasopharyngeal Swab Specimen for Flu Testing [VIDEO]

Oct 17, 2014 12:00:00 PM

It's the start of flu season 2014/2015. As North America's most trusted manufacturer of single-use-medical-products, we thought it was important to provide our clients with as much information as possible about flu testing best practices.

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Topics: PurFlock, Flu, UniTranz-RT, Universal Transport Medium System, Media Transport Systems, Influenza, Medical, Diagnostic

How to Test for Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)

Oct 15, 2014 10:22:08 AM

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), first detected in 1962, is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This year’s aggressive strain is said to be related to strains detected back in 2012 and 2013. But that doesn't mean it's any easier for healthcare facilities to test for enterovirus D68.

Unfortunatelytesting for EV-D68 has proven difficult because although on-the-spot tests can detect the presence of an enterovirus, many cannot perform the typing analysis necessary to attribute the virus to a particular strain. Additionally, it’s not always clear when to test for enterovirus and when to attribute symptoms to other respiratory illnesses. 

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Topics: UniTranz-RT, Specimen Collection, Flocked Swab, Universal Transport Mediums, Diagnostic

How AmeriCares Used 62 Cases of Puritan POC Swabs

Sep 22, 2014 10:03:30 AM

Last year Puritan donated 62 cases of swabs (weighing in at 749 pounds with a total value of $4,665) to AmeriCares. The organization, which provides essential medicines and healthcare supplies to vulnerable populations across the globe, especially values products that are versatile and appropriate for point-of-care applications. Here’s the total donation breakdown of healthcare swabs that Puritan sent AmeriCares: 

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Topics: Swabs, Point of Care, Medical, Diagnostic

How to Swab for Bacterial Contamination in Your Brewery

Sep 17, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Established restaurants and breweries take food safety very seriously. But hobbyist home brewers and new micro brewers may not have access to the food safety testing information they need to ensure they’re brewing clean beer. 

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Topics: Food Safety, Environmental Sampling, ESK, Environmental

How to Swab for Touch DNA Evidence

Sep 5, 2014 9:23:00 AM

Touch DNA, also known as Trace DNA or Low Copy Number DNA, is an advanced and fairly new crime scene investigation technique used to collect and analyze microscopic transfer cells left behind during the commission of a crime.

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Topics: DNA-Free, Forensic Swabs, DNA, Forensics