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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

How to Collect a Buccal Swab Sample for Forensic Analysis

Aug 25, 2014 11:24:00 AM

A buccal swab, also known as a buccal smear or a cheek swab, is one of the fastest and most common ways for forensic pathologists to establish or refute a link between a suspect and a crime scene.

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Topics: Foam Tipped Swab, Flocked Swabs, DNA-Free, Cotton Tipped Applicators, Forensic Swabs, Forensics

Sterile Swabs & Medical Sampling Kits for POC Testing

Aug 14, 2014 2:45:00 PM

Recent advances in point-of-care (POC) and rapid diagnostic testing (RDT) technology have made it possible to accurately diagnose illnesses and assess environmental contaminants on-the-spot, at relatively low cost, and with few resources. Puritan Medical Products has several lines of sterile swabs and medical sampling kits that may be appropriate for RDT and POC testing. 

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Topics: Diagnostic Swab, Specimen Collection, Media Transport Systems, Dry Transport System, Point of Care, Sterile Swabs, Medical, Diagnostic

Our Swabs Are Ready For Their Close-Up: Puritan's New Zooming Feature

Aug 7, 2014 10:07:00 AM

Puritan is known as a trusted manufacturer of hundreds of products that span nearly a dozen industries. We rely on our online catalog to be an essential tool for users to search through our products, view each one, and decide which one is right for their specific application.

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Topics: Single Use Medical Products, Puritan, Swab, Specimen Collection, Manufacturing

Food Safety Testing: Which Swabs and Transport Medium Should You Use?

Jul 21, 2014 9:27:00 AM

As we approach the annual IAFP meeting in August, food safety testing is on all of our minds. Food safety best practices dictate that all food production and service companies should establish and abide by a comprehensive environmental sampling program that includes regular swabbing for pathogens

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Topics: Foam Tipped Swab, Media Transport Systems, Food Safety, Environmental Sampling, EnviroMax Plus, Industrial, Environmental, Health and Beauty