May 2018 Product Focus – Specimen Collection

April 18, 2018
Fecal swabs

New FecalSwab with the anatomically designed FLOQSwab with stopper is ideal for rectal sample collection. Designed for intuitively sampling the rectal mucosa and epithelium, it comes kitted with one tube filled with 2mL of Cary-Blair and a FLOQSwab with a stopper. Patient sample can be collected upon arrival for immediate testing, as there is no longer a lag time waiting for the patient to produce a sample. Its high performance and anatomically designed stopper ensures the swab tip reaches the transition zone of the rectum for adequate sample collection, while preventing patient injury. COPAN

Blood collection set

The VanishPoint Blood Collection Set is a retractable safety blood collection device that allows in-vein activation, which virtually eliminates exposure to the contaminated needle. The automated needle retraction is activated by depressing a retraction trigger located near the finger grip area, allowing for easy one-handed activation, without changes in hand position, while reducing the risk of inadvertent activation. In addition, the needle retraction automatically clamps the tubing, reducing the risk of exposure to blood and prevents reuse. The automated, in-vein activation of the retractable VanishPoint BCS effectively reduces the risk of needlestick injuries and blood exposure. Retractable Technologies, Inc.

Flocked swabs

Intended for the collection of biological specimens, Puritan’s HydraFlock flocked swabs take traditional flock swabs one step further through a process that blossoms the end of each fiber, multiplying the surface area of the tip. The result is high absorption capacity with complete elution. Available sterile or non-sterile and in dry transport tubes. Made in the USA. Puritan

POC collection kit

The S-Monovette POC Collect Kit provides controlled venous sampling from vascular access lines, and precise dispensing for point-of-care testing. This dual technology reduces POC test rejection by helping prevent overfilling, underfilling, or air bubbles in the cartridge. This results in decreased turnaround times and improved patient outcomes. After POC dispensing, the analyzer-ready S-Monovette tube can be sent directly to the lab if confirmation testing is required, facilitating patient blood management. Sarstedt

Answering blood draw questions

The Lab Draw Answer Book answers more than 400 commonly asked questions on drawing blood samples for lab testing. This desk reference is intended for all healthcare professionals who draw blood specimens for laboratory testing including laboratory personnel, nursing professionals, medical assistants, and their educators. Originally published as Blood Specimen Collection FAQs, this second edition is renamed and completely updated with more than 100 new entries. Each answer is highly researched and reflects the latest standards from the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, the Infusion Nurses Society, and OSHA. Published by the Center for Phlebotomy Education, this 440-page reference covers all aspects of pre-analytical processes, education, and management. Lab Draw Answer Book

Standard for the collection of diagnostic specimens

CLSI’s GP41 — Collection of Diagnostic Venous Blood Specimens provides a descriptive, stepwise process and procedures for diagnostic venous blood specimen collection. Special information for vascular access device, blood culture, and isolation collection are included, as well as information on handling emergencies. An expanded appendix section provides helpful tips for collecting specimens from pediatric and other challenging patients. CLSI