February 2016 Product Focus – Specimen Collection / Phlebotomy

Jan. 21, 2016

Copan Diagnostics, Inc.

FecalSwab is comprised of a regular COPAN FLOQSwab and a screw cap tube containing 2mL of Cary-Blair medium. Because of its high pH, Cary-Blair is the medium of choice for transport and preservation of enteric bacteria. FecalSwab is intended for the collection of rectal swabs and fecal specimens and to preserve the viability of enteric pathogenic bacteria during transport from the collection site to the testing laboratory. Using the FLOQSwab, provided in the collection kit, a small sample of feces can be transferred into the tube by medical staff after the patient has provided the sample or by a laboratorian after the fecal specimen has been received in the laboratory. Alternatively, FecalSwab can be used to take a rectal sample directly from the patient. FecalSwab simplifies and standardizes fecal sample collection, transport, and processing by converting solid or semi-solid specimens into a phase suitable for automatic specimen processors, in space-saving, instrument-ready tubes. FecalSwab provides a compact and neat alternative to traditional large, bulky transport containers, which collect a quantity far greater than needed for culture or molecular testing.

For more information, please visit: http://www.copanusa.com/products/liquid-based-microbiology/fecalswab/

Greiner Bio-One

Greiner Bio-One North America, Inc., announces the addition of Low Volume Blood Collection tubes to its current product portfolio. This addition marks a significant step into better patient care, less bio-hazardous waste, and a reduction in blood collection volumes in the healthcare industry. Greiner Bio-One offers a complete line of low-volume tubes with draw volumes of 1mL to 2.5mL to facilitate reduction in phlebotomy volumes and, subsequently, the instances of hospital-acquired anemia which can be caused by excessive blood draws. These blood tubes offer functional compatibility with instrumentation by maintaining the normal 13 x 75 mm tube size and providing optimal blood to additive ratios for drawing reduced blood volumes.

For more information, please visit: https://shop.gbo.com/en/usa/articles/catalogue/articles/0010_0010_0130/

Kimberly-Clark Professional

The Kimtech Pure A4 Sleeve Protector from Kimberly-Clark Professional helps keep workers and the workplace safe through advanced barrier protection that shields the person and the garment from hazardous chemicals and biologics. By providing an additional layer of protection between gloves and lab coat sleeves, it reduces the risk of exposure and contamination. The Kimtech Pure A4 Sleeve Protector is ideal for situations where full coverage isn’t required, but full protection is. Features include a) reinforced seams; b) advanced barrier fabric—to provide enhanced protection against dangerous liquids; c) ease of donning and doffing; d) a range of sizes; e) thumb loops for full wrist coverage; and f) bulk packaging for convenience and waste reduction. The Kimtech Pure A4 Sleeve Protector can be diverted from landfills through RightCycle by Kimberly-Clark Professional, a large-scale recycling program for non-hazardous lab and clean room waste.

For more information, please visit: http://www.kcprofessional.com/products/scientific-ppe/protective/cleanroom/49816-kimtech-pure-a4-cleanroom-sleeve-bulk-packaged


The Midstream Urine Collection Kit is designed to prevent messes and contamination during urinalysis collection. The patented easy-hold handle distances the patient’s and the technician’s hands from the cup, lessening the chance of coming in direct contact with urine. The sterile, leak-proof cup holds 90mL, has a 53mm opening, and features a tight-fitting lid to prevent spillage during specimen transport. Each packaged kit includes a container, pre-attached handle, Castile soap towelettes, and directions. Sold in packs of 50.

For more information, please visit: http://www.marketlab.com/midstream-collection-kit/p/MidstreamCollectionKit/

Retractable Technologies, Inc.

The VanishPoint blood collection set (BCS) is a novel safety blood collection device that features automated in-vein retraction, which virtually eliminates exposure to the contaminated needle. The unique design has integrated finger grips that allow for handling ease. 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 exposurel to blood. This product is not made with DEHP or PVC.

For more information, please visit: http://www.vanishpoint.com/Simple4.aspx?PageId=197

Visiun, Inc.

Visiun’s Performance Insight provides laboratory managers with access to detailed analytics and visual insight into their daily specimen collection processes, including specimen defect capture. Access to this data provides immediate insight into whether or not operational standards are being achieved by clearly identifying performance problems and root causes, delivering actionable information to monitor and improve the specimen collection process. Performance Insight captures real-time data, allowing laboratory management to identify important trends. Performance Insight provides access to real-time analytics so that laboratory managers can identify specimen hemolysis and QNS rates in a matter of seconds, and monitors the workflow and productivity of staffed phlebotomists daily on an hourly basis and alerts hospital laboratories if specimens are not being processed and collected in a timely manner. Its Turnaround Time module offers detailed analytics into the percentage of service commitments achieved, while composite reports look at the entire value stream and pinpoint where a slowdown occurred from the time the test was ordered, to the time it was collected, to result reporting.

For more information, please visit: http://www.visiun.com/