Sigma-TRANSWAB®

SIGMA TRANSWAB® for bacterial & viral specimen collection and transport used in a clinical setting for wounds, skin, throat and other swabbing with MRSA and ENT/STD options. Sigma-TRANSWAB® is the world’s leading liquid amies transport for automated and conventional processing.

Many laboratories are moving from gel to liquid as the liquid allows complete dispersion of the sample. Uniform suspension can be aliquoted for multiple tests and specimens can be pooled. Ideal for epidemiology and surveillance studies

M40-A2 compliant (CLSI standard M40-A2: Quality Control of Microbiological Transport Systems Transport Devices).

The specimen is collected by swab & snapped into the tube of liquid amies transport medium. This process is enhanced by the incorporation of an open-celled foam-tipped swab which allows complete flow through of the liquid medium, reagents and microorganism. This increases the sensitivity of any diagnostic procedures.

The microorganisms from the initial specimen are released from the swab & dispersed throughout the medium, producing a uniform suspension ready for use, whether it’s for direct inoculation onto plates or into a broth, or for use with the many molecular diagnostics currently available.

The Original
TRANSWAB® was the first commercially produced gel transport swab, and for many years has led the field for reliable microbiological specimen collection and transport. A programme of continuous development has kept TRANSWAB® ahead of changes in laboratory science and regulatory requirements, so that it remains a trusted partner in the diagnosis of infectious diseases.

Liquid amies media in a shatter proof vial.

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Recommended Applications

Microbiological specimen collection and transport used in a clinical setting for wounds, skin, throat and other swabbing with MRSA and ENT/STD options.

Features & Benefits
  • The MWE open-celled flow through foam bud allows full access and release of sampled organisms for skin and wounds, improving results with no requirement to moisten the swab before taking the sample.
  • 1ml, 2ml & 3ml vials compatible with conventional and automated processing.
  • The 2ml & 3ml allows additional testing from the same patient sample if required
  • Cap colours (Purple White and Orange) allow easy identification for point of care sampling and in the lab:
    Purple:    Universal Testing
    White:     MRSA
    Orange:  ENT & STD
  • Cap incorporates an ingenious swab capture mechanism which enables automatic removal of the swab for diagnostic testing.
Product Codes
Code Description Cap colour Swab length Pack size Shelf life
MRSA
MW167S SIGMA TRANSWAB - 2 Standard Plastic Foam Printed Breakpoint - 12x80 Vial -1.5ml Amies Liquid Medium White 15cm 125 2 years
MW176S3 SIGMA TRANSWAB - 1 Standard Plastic Foam Printed Breakpoint + 2 Red Plastic Foam - 12x80 Vial - 1.5ml Liquid Amies Medium White 15cm 125 2 years
MW176S SIGMA TRANSWAB - Standard Plastic Foam Printed Breakpoint - 12x80 Vial - 1ml Liquid Amies Medium Purple 15cm 125 2 years
MW176PF SIGMA TRANSWAB - Standard Flockswab Printed Breakpoint - 12x80 Vial - 1ml Liquid Amies Medium Purple 15cm 125 2 years
MW176S2ML SIGMA TRANSWAB - Standard Plastic Foam Printed Breakpoint - 12x80 Tube - 2ml Liquid Amies Medium Purple 15cm 125 2 years
MW176SE2 SIGMA TRANSWAB - 1 Standard Foam+ 1 ENT Foam - 12x80 Vial - 1.5ml Liquid Amies Medium Purple 15cm 125 2 years
MW176T3 SIGMA TRANSTUBE - 12x80 Vial - 3ml Liquid Amies Medium Purple N/A 200 2 years
MW178PF SIGMA TRANSWAB - Ultrafine Flexible Minitip Flockswab Printed Breakpoint - 12x80 Vial -1ml Liquid Amies Medium Light Blue 15cm 125 2 years
ENT (Ears, Nose, Throat) and STD
MW177S SIGMA TRANSWAB - ENT Minitip Foam Printed Breakpoint - 12x80 Vial - 1ml Liquid Amies Medium Orange 15cm 125 2 years
MW177PF SIGMA TRANSWAB - ENT Minitip Flockswab Printed Breakpoint - 12x80 Vial - 1ml Liquid Amies Medium Orange 15cm 125 2 years
MW177S2ML SIGMA TRANSWAB - ENT Minitip Foam Printed Breakpoint - 12x80 Vial - 2ml Liquid Amies Medium Orange 15cm 125 2 years
MW176M SIGMA TRANSTUBE - 12x80 Vial - 1ml Liquid Amies Purple N/A 50 2 years
MW178PF SIGMA TRANSWAB - Ultrafine Flexible Minitip Flockswab Printed Breakpoint - 12x80 Vial -1ml Liquid Amies Medium Light Blue 15cm 125 2 years
MSDS
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MSDS MW167S (Sigma Transwab with Liquid Amies)
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MSDS MW176S (Sigma Transwab with Liquid Amies)
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MSDS MW176S3 (Sigma Transwab with Liquid Amies)
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MSDS MW176SE2 (Sigma Transwab with Liquid Amies)
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MSDS MW177S (Sigma Transwab with Liquid Amies)
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MSDS MW176M
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MSDS MW177S2ML
Product Insert / IFU
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Independent Studies
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Survival of Pneumococci - Heidelberg, Weisenberger 2019
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Sigma-Transwab® met CLSI acceptance criteria for all M40-A2 bacteria after the specified holding periods for both Qualitative (Roll Plate) and Quantitative (Swab Elution) methods as it was able to recover all specified strains at both room temperature and at 4 °C in full compliance with M40-A2 - Adukwu and Gizzie
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Validation to show that Sigma Transwab is compatible with the Copan WASP system, and that it runs smoothly and accurately - Chatelain
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Sigma Transwab® in liquid Amies transport medium provides a superior recovery method for Neisseria gonorrhoeae from clinical material which has been adopted by York Sexual Health Clinic, UK - Child, 2017
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Laboratory evaluation of the Sigma Transwab® transport system for the recovery of Candida species using the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) document M40-A2 - Elcocks & Adukwu
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Successful recovery of Genomic DNA and isolation of 16S Ribosomal DNA from Sigma Transwab® system with viability acceptance in accordance with CLSI M40-A2 standard - Gizzie & Adukwu
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Successful evaluation of Liquid-Based Swab Transport Systems against the new revision of Approved CLSI M40-A2 Standard 2016 - Gizzie & Adukwu
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Evaluation of Sigma Transwab® in Liquid Amies Transport Medium in Scotland for Neisseria gonorrhoeae Culture. - Graveling et al
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early identification and isolation of carriers are key components of an effective infection control strategy in hospitals. This report demonstrates the results of a new screening method to identify CPE in patients within 24 hours, help reducing the spread - Hanemaaijer et al
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Study showing Sigma Transwab being used on the Cepheid GeneExpert as an alternative to Copan Kit and proving even with low concentrations of organism, Sigma Transwabs were able to detect MRSA with the added advantage of being able to use the same swab on automated platforms for conventional diagnostic testing - Khan & Jones
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Study showing BD Max compatible with Sigma Virocult, Sigma Transwab and Fecal Transwab, identifying correctly Herpes Simplex, MRHA and SA, and enteric bacteria respectively - Khan
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Molecular efficacy of the MWE Sigma Transwab and the Copan Eswab for downstream testing on the GeneXpert and the Roche FLOW system, showing Sigma Transwab out-performing Copan's Eswab - Laughlin, 2019
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All MWE Liquid Media and Swabs are compatible with the FilmArray system, bioFire - Laughlin,2017
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Sigma Transwab's performance and suitability as a multifaceted transport and collection kit and it's compatibility with lab automation in comparison to ESwab and Puritan's Liquid Amies - Mulder et al
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Sigma Transwab maintaining the viability of Aerobic and Anaerobic Bacteria from wounds - Stuczen et al
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Evaluation of a new real-time PCR assay (Check-Direct CPE) for rapid detection of KPC, OXA-48, VIM, and NDM carbapenemases using spiked rectal swabs - Nijhuis et al
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An Introductory Study into the Advantages of the Sigma-Transwab® Open Cell Polyurethane Foam Swabs in Microbiological Transport Systems with Improved Cellular Flow Dynamics and Reduced Sample Entrapment in Microorganism Detection - Ryan et al
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Comparison of the quality of Gram stain prepared using different swab transport systems (MWE Sigma Swab, MWE Sigma Transwab, MWE Charcoal Swab, Copan ESwab, Healthlink Amies) - Stuczen et al
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Survival of pneumococci in three different commercial collection and transport systems by MWE, Copan and DeltaLabs (Do we miss Pneumococcal diseases due to flaws in transport conditions?) - Weisenberger et al
For articles and clinical studies on Sigma-TRANSWAB®

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