Pipetting is a basic function in the laboratory that requires careful handling of precise volumes of liquid. Error-free pipetting is very important for obtaining quality results. Air displacement and positive displacement pipettes are two types available. Air displacement units are generally used with aqueous solutions such as buffers, diluted acids or alkalis. This device is [...]
Lab testing is the standard part of diagnosing various types of diseases. However, the laboratory can be a hazardous environment to work in unless there are appropriate safety policies and procedures in place. The emergence of highly infectious diseases such as Ebola, hepatitis and HIV, has made health and safety in clinical laboratories an increasingly [...]
In addition to being patient-friendly, fingerprick blood tests are an important tool for health care providers. They frequently used in point-of-care and low-resource settings. However, a Rice University study has found that fingerprick test results can vary significantly from drop to drop. The researchers say that at least six to nine drops of blood are [...]
International Infection Prevention Week is observed during the third week of October each year. The aim of this annual campaign is to raise interest in and awareness about infection prevention. Health acquired infections (HAIs) are a major complication of hospital care. HAIs may be caused by any infectious agent, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses, as [...]
The nation is grappling with an outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), which has affected nearly 700 people in 46 states and the District of Columbia from mid-August to October 10, 2014. Infectious diseases physicians are calling EV-D68 even more dangerous than Ebola. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) causes respiratory illness. Symptoms range from fever, runny nose, sneezing, [...]
Disinfection and sterilization of patient-care items and equipment is key to infection control in hospitals, medical offices, laboratories, and pharmaceutical cleanrooms. A new report published by Transparency Market Research forecasts that the global sterilization equipment and disinfectants market that was valued at $5.13 billion in 2012, will grow at a CAGR of 8.5 percent during [...]
Contamination of environmental surfaces in labs and hospitals lead to the transmission of several healthcare-associated pathogens. Studies show that healthcare-associated infections (HAI) remain one of the largest threats to patient morbidity and mortality in the United States. According to the CDC healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevalence survey report, about 1 in 25 hospital patients has at [...]
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Effective use of disinfectants prevents microbial infections and microbial cross-contamination; guidelines for the prevention of microbial infections.