RIDT vs RT-PCR vs Viral Culture for Flu Testing

Sep 21, 2015 3:01:35 PM

Back to school fever isn’t just for parents and kids. It’s inevitable with all that mixing and mingling that, come September, everyone’s getting sick.

Doctor’s offices and clinics find themselves inundated with RIDT flu tests, while long-term care facilities find themselves performing viral cell cultures and RT-PCR tests on a regular basis.

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Topics: Flu, Media Transport Systems

UniTranz-RT Validated for Viral Sample Storage at Room Temperature

Sep 9, 2015 4:54:36 PM


One of the biggest challenges in off-site specimen collection is maintaining the viability of the sample during collection and transport. 

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Topics: Media Transport Systems

Study of Puritan’s Opti-Swab™ Liquid Amies Presented at ASM2015

Jun 9, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Here at Puritan, we’re confident in the efficacy of our single-use products and enjoy demonstrating their merit and superior functionality in practical applications. ASM, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, is an ideal venue for exposing thousands of attendees to advanced products and how they perform in common diagnostic applications. This year at ASM, a recent study showed the performance evaluation of Puritan’s  Opti-Swab™ Liquid Amies Collection & Transport System Medium, using real-time Q-PCR in the detection of Bordetella pertussis, a causative agent of Whooping Cough.

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Topics: Media Transport Systems, Diagnostic

Puritan Scheduled to Attend ASM's 115th Annual Microbiology Event

May 7, 2015 11:00:00 AM

 Here at Puritan, we’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of asm2015 (115th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology) since we left Boston last year! 

We love this event because there’s always something new and exciting to learn at ASM’s annual General Meeting. This year’s conference and expo will feature dozens of sessions dedicated to myriad topics in the world of microbiology, featuring an opening session on “Who, What and Where in Microbial Relationships”.

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Topics: Puritan, Flocked Swabs, Media Transport Systems, Diagnostic

How to Collect a Throat Swab Specimen

Apr 29, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Here at Puritan, not only are we passionate about the extensive selection of single-use products we offer, but also in our ability to provide our customers and readers with valuable information.

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Topics: Flocked Swabs, Media Transport Systems

Puritan Presents Opti-Swab™, The Optimal Specimen Collection & Transport System

Mar 18, 2015 11:26:00 AM


Formerly known as “Puritan Liquid Amies Transport System” for Aerobic & Fastidious Bacteria, this combination of Puritan liquid Amies medium and HydraFlock® swabs is now marketed under a new brand name, Opti-Swab™.  HydraFlock® swab’s superior proprietary patented flocked fiber design combined with optimized liquid Amies medium warrants the new brand name Opti-Swab™.

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Topics: Media Transport Systems

Stay Safe and Informed in 2015’s Measles Outbreak

Feb 12, 2015 12:00:00 PM

2015’s Measles Outbreak

Here at Puritan, it’s our mission to inform and educate our readers and customers during times of national crisis, including outbreaks and endemics of highly contagious viruses. Not only are we committed to sharing our wealth of information, but also to producing the highest quality, American made, single-use products that facilitate the identification and diagnosis of the viruses that impact our country. Today, we focus on measles, a virus which was officially eradicated in 2000, but which has made a resurgence in 2015’s growing outbreak. Since the factors contributing to the current measles outbreak are numerous, it is important to focus more on measures to take in order to help quell the spread of this dangerous virus.

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Topics: Flocked Swabs, Media Transport Systems, Medical

The Top 3 Methods For Diagnosing Influenza

Feb 5, 2015 2:43:00 PM

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Topics: Flu, Flocked Swabs, Media Transport Systems, Diagnostic

Flu Season 2015 - Puritan Responds

Jan 14, 2015 10:20:00 AM

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.
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Topics: Flu, Flocked Swabs, Media Transport Systems, 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: Media Transport Systems

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