Monthly Archives: December 2014

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31 12, 2014

January – The Time to Help Save Lives with Blood Donation

By |December 31st, 2014|Blood Collection, Greiner Bio-One|Comments Off on January – The Time to Help Save Lives with Blood Donation

National Blood Donor Month in January is the time to help save lives with blood donation. According to the American Red Cross, 9.2 million people in the U.S. make 15.7 million blood donations annually. The American Red Cross has invited eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015. Since 1970, [...]

30 12, 2014

Roche Receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization for the LightMix® Ebola Zaire rRT-PCR Test

By |December 30th, 2014|Ebola, Roche|Comments Off on Roche Receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization for the LightMix® Ebola Zaire rRT-PCR Test

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the LightMix® Ebola Zaire rRT-PCR Test. This test is for use on patients with signs and symptoms of Ebola Zaire virus infection in conjunction with epidemiological risk factors, such as individuals traveling from West [...]

29 12, 2014

Handling Specimens from PUI for EVD – Need for Laboratory Specific Plan

By |December 29th, 2014|Ebola, Infectious Diseases|Comments Off on Handling Specimens from PUI for EVD – Need for Laboratory Specific Plan

Recent reports indicate that the Ebola outbreak may last until the end of 2015 as the vaccines need more time to be tested. While specialized centers have been built to provide people with proper medical treatment, continual efforts are needed to fight Ebola which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), has claimed about 7,300 [...]

26 12, 2014

Access® Hybritech p2PSA Assay – Sensitive, Accurate, and Precise

By |December 26th, 2014|Beckman Coulter, Lab Equipment|Comments Off on Access® Hybritech p2PSA Assay – Sensitive, Accurate, and Precise

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer affecting men. The life expectancy of the general population is increasing and along with it, the number of newly diagnosed cases and death continues to rise since the incidence of cancer increases with age. Prostate-specific antigen (tPSA) based screening reduces mortality. However, experts do [...]

24 12, 2014

Reducing Pre-analytical Errors in Blood Specimen Collection

By |December 24th, 2014|Blood Collection, Laboratory Equipment|Comments Off on Reducing Pre-analytical Errors in Blood Specimen Collection

It is often assumed that errors in laboratory testing are more likely to occur in the analytical stage. As a result, laboratories invest in high quality laboratory equipment that deliver accurate, consistent results, and spend a lot of time and effort in adhering to quality control programs, taking part in laboratory inspections, and ensuring compliance [...]

23 12, 2014

Becton Dickinson-Aethon Collaboration to Enhance Medication Management

By |December 23rd, 2014|Becton Dickinson|Comments Off on Becton Dickinson-Aethon Collaboration to Enhance Medication Management

A medical technology company, Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX) manufactures medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products. Becton Dickinson recently announced a tie-up with Aethon, Inc. aimed at enhancing medication management by pharmacies. According to a Nasdaq report, the companies will integrate their solutions to provide hospital pharmacies with a comprehensive intravenous medication preparation [...]

22 12, 2014

Molecular Assays for Better Management of RTIs and Influenza

By |December 22nd, 2014|Infectious Diseases|Comments Off on Molecular Assays for Better Management of RTIs and Influenza

The holiday season is here and people need to remember that it is also the flu season. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control estimates that, every year, influenza affects 5 percent to 10 percent of adults and 20 percent to 30 percent of children globally and causes about 3,000 and 49,000 deaths in the [...]

19 12, 2014

Top Featured News Stories 2014

By |December 19th, 2014|Laboratory Equipment, News|Comments Off on Top Featured News Stories 2014

2014 was a very eventful year globally for the clinical diagnostics industry. Milestones were set and new products and services launched. Deadly diseases such as Ebola struck and U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners came together to battle the virus. We have put together some of the [...]

18 12, 2014

Clinical Laboratory Automation – Developments and Considerations

By |December 18th, 2014|Laboratory Equipment, Siemens|Comments Off on Clinical Laboratory Automation – Developments and Considerations

Every clinical laboratory faces the challenge of delivering a higher volume of output, reducing errors and producing faster turnaround times - all at reduced cost. After a certain point of time, laboratories may find that they cannot increase productivity with their existing equipment. Advances in the automation of laboratory equipment and processes are helping laboratories [...]

17 12, 2014

Digital Cell Image Analysis Systems Enhancing Lab Productivity

By |December 17th, 2014|Hematology Analyzers|Comments Off on Digital Cell Image Analysis Systems Enhancing Lab Productivity

Automated flow-based analyzers can perform a white blood cell (WBC) differential, count red cells, WBCs and platelets, and measure parameters such as hemoglobin concentration. However, preparation and review of a blood smear microscope slide is essential for a wide range of samples processed by flow-based analyzers. Manually viewing blood films on a glass microscope slide [...]