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Puritan Celebrates Women's Health

Jan 28, 2015 11:15:00 AM

January is cervical health awareness month, and a great reminder for women everywhere to begin 2015 with a renewed commitment to their health and wellness.

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Topics: Pap test, Histobrush, Womens Health, HPV Test, Cervical Health, Cervical Cancer, Wooden Scrapers

VWR Honors Puritan with Prestigious Award

Jan 22, 2015 2:50:00 PM

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Puritan Medical Products Company is honored to have been recognized at the VWR 2015 International Americas Sales Conference that was recently held in Orlando, FL from January 12-15.    

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Topics: Puritan, Critical Environments, Customer Service, VWR, Operational Excellence, Lab

Flu Season 2015 - Puritan Responds

Jan 14, 2015 10:20:00 AM

New Year, New Flu

2015 started off with a bang, and unfortunately so did the flu virus. Having swiftly spread throughout the country and increased in intensity from past years, 2015’s dominant strain, H3N2 is cause for concern. The CDC has reported that the flu virus has reached widespread levels, already causing the deaths of 21 children this season. While the CDC still strongly suggests getting vaccinated, they are also aware that the vaccine is not as effective as they had originally hoped, due to the difference in strain from years prior.

To fight the epidemic as well as possible, the CDC has recommended to clinicians that anyone with high risk factors (children, the elderly), or anyone displaying flu-like symptoms such as fever, coughing, and stomach upset, should be immediately tested in order to reduce the possibility of serious outcomes such as hospitalization. While no one can predict what the remainder of the flu season will be like, or how long it will last; the best way to react to the crisis is with precautionary steps such as washing hands, staying home when sick, and testing conclusively if symptoms are present.

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

Presenting Forensic Swabbing Techniques at Westwood College

Dec 22, 2014 3:09:18 PM

Recently Puritan’s Director of Sales - South Region, Elaine Seavey Maliff, had the opportunity to present on forensic swabbing techniques to a class of CSI students at Westwood College in Atlanta. Read her account below. 

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Topics: Foam Tipped Swab, Diagnostic Swab, Specimen Collection, Flocked Swabs, Cotton Tipped Applicators, Forensic Swabs

Best Forensic Product of 2014: Puritan’s Cap-Shure®

Dec 15, 2014 1:41:00 PM

We’ve always taken pride in providing the forensic field with the highest quality devices and materials, and this year they’ve shown their appreciation by awarding Puritan’s Cap-Shure® Cotton Tipped Applicator one of Forensic Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Best Forensic Product of 2014!

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Topics: Cotton Tipped Applicators, Forensic Swabs, Forensics

Why Flocked Swabs Should Not be Coated

Dec 12, 2014 1:22:52 PM

Flocked swabs have been hailed by the microbiology and diagnostic communities for their ability to absorb and elute more specimen than traditional fiber or foam swabs. But not all flocked swabs are created equal. 

Some flocked swabs, like Copan's eSwab, are coated with biopolymers that are said to “improve the recovery and survival of organisms.”

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Topics: Hydraflock, Flocked Swabs, PurFlock Ultra, Diagnostic

Puritan Flocked Swabs: HydraFlock® vs. PurFlock Ultra® - What's the Difference?

Dec 8, 2014 11:58:35 AM

Why are flocked swabs more effective at collecting and eluting specimens than other swab types? It all comes down to the materials and construction. The type of fibers used, plus the swab's physical construction/manufacturing process, have an impact on results because it is the swab tip that comes in direct contact with the specimen to be collected. 

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Topics: Hydraflock, Flocked Swabs, PurFlock Ultra, Diagnostic

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

Nov 25, 2014 3:06:00 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