The new uptake experiments demonstrated that Puritan's HydraFlock® flocked swab has a “greater propensity to absorb fluids than Copan’s nylon flocked swab.”
Previous research methods for determining fluid absorption capacity included assessments of complex measurements such as:
- Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
- Radioactive Tracer (RT)
- Zeta Potential (ZP)
- Water Absorbance
- Protein Absorbance
The new study drastically simplifies this methodology. It uses spectrophotometric (OD) measurement techniques to validate the absorption capacities of Puritan’s HydraFlock® swab and Copan's nylon flocked swab in various suspensions.
Using the OD method, a red dye assessment, and a lactophenol cotton blue dye test, the experiment showed that the Copan swabs had more leftover inoculum than the Puritan swabs; clearly demonstrating the HydraFlock®’s ability to absorb and retain specimen at a higher rate than Copan’s nylon flocked swab.
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