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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

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