Month: September 2013

FDA not alone in acting on compounding pharmacies.

The FDA this year has done an inspection sweep through the largest compounding pharmacies after being caught off guard last year when a nationwide fatal meningitis outbreak was tied to a compounder in Massachusetts. But the federal agency is not alone in trying to get on top of the issues. Authorities in Massachusetts, which have …

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ASEPTIC TECHNIQUE

The first day in lab, we learned how to transfer bacteria using the Aseptic Technique. This is a very important technique in microbiology because we need to move sample bacteria from one contained area to another without introducing contaminants. This technique requires that we work on a clean surface with sterile instruments. When we enter …

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Aseptic Transfer

In this lab exercise, you will learn to transfer microbiological cultures from one medium to a second, sterile medium without contamination of the culture, sterile medium, or the surroundings.  Why is this important?  In exercise 2-1, you learned that microorganisms thrive pretty much everywhere.  It is far too easy to contaminate your lab tests with …

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Aseptic Technique and Good Cell Culture Practice.

Aim To ensure all cell culture procedures are performed to a standard that will prevent contamination from bacteria, fungi and mycoplasma and cross contamination with other cell lines. Materials   Chloros / Presept solution (2.5g/l) 1% formaldehyde based disinfectant e.g.Virkon,Tegador 70% ethanol in water (Prod. No. R8382) Equipment Personal protective equipment (sterile gloves, laboratory coat, safety …

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Hepatitis in clinical laboratories: a three-year survey

In a survey of laboratories where members of the Association of Clinical Pathologists worked, hepatitis was reported from 5 percent of 244 in 1970, 7 percent of 215 in 1971, and 2 percent of 337 in 1972. Of the 36 laboratories reporting hepatitis, a modest excess tested specimens from haemodialysis, transplant, and haemophilia units and …

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Incidence of tuberculosis, hepatitis, brucellosis, and shigellosis in British medical laboratory workers.

A retrospective postal survey of 21 000 medical laboratory workers in England and Wales showed 18 new cases of pulmonary tuberculosis in 1971, a five-times increased risk of acquiring the disease compared with the general population. Technicians were at greatest risk, especially if they worked in morbid anatomy departments. Of the 35 cases of hepatitis, …

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Aseptic Technique Prevents Infection

As pharmacists and technicians, we are an integral part of the delivery of health care to patients in a variety of practice settings. One of the most important changes that we can actively contribute to is the “Targeting Zero” initiative, created by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) to prevent the …

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