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Independent Studies


Using the new CSLI M40-A2 Standard Coupled with Molecular Criteria to assess the performance of Sigma Transwab® PurFlock® (Standard and Mini-tip) with Liquid Amies Medium

Conducted by N. Gizzie and E. Adukwu of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom


Evaluation of a new PCR-based platform for the rapid detection and identification of faecal parasites from swab transport devices

Kamran Khan, Raj Virdee


Transwab® in Liquid Amies

Transport Medium for Neisseria gonorrhoeae Culture. conducted by E. Graveling1, H. Venkatesh2, N. Banerjee3

Department of Microbiology and Infection Control, North Laboratory, Victoria Hospital, Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5AG.






Evaluation of a new PCR-based platform for the detection and identification of viruses or bacteria from swab transport devices.

Significant technological advances are being made in diagnostic microbiology. An example is BD Max®, an open platform that uses PCR methods for the rapid detection and identification of bacteria and viruses. Most of the transport devices in current use were developed for use with culture methods. The best devices will maintain microorganisms in a viable condition, but this may not guarantee compatibility with molecular platforms. The present study has been designed to evaluate some novel devices to assess their suitability for use with the BD Max® platform.



Is our current cleaning method effective at eradicating Clostridium difficile?

This is a study evaluating the efficacy of hospital cleaning procedures around patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is required to determine whether hospital cleaning protocols are effective. Samples were taken before and after cleaning to establish whether the daily clean of ward side rooms is effective at eradicating C. difficile spores.  Ribotyping was performed at Stobhill Hospital on two environmental isolates from each side room and each patient isolate in order to determine a link between the isolates.

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Reliable influenza detection - scientific paper

This scientific study compares the performance of several swab collection devices over 4 days for the detection of the pandemic A/California/7/2009 virus using an in-house RT-PCR technique. The results show that both MWE's foam and flocked swabs are suitable for molecular diagnostic of pandemic influenza from surveillance samples.Eltringham & Sails 2013, Detection of viral DNA when comparing two bacterial transport systems