4 Common Bacteria You Need to Kill in Your Lab

researcher-in-lab5.6.2015

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

In a laboratory setting, scientists and technicians grow and study all different types of bacteria and other pathogens. A majority of the time, it is carried out in a controlled, safe environment. However, there is always a chance of cross-contamination. If a researcher removes his gloves incorrectly, or solution leaks out of a pipette, whatever they intend to grow in a petri dish can be transferred to a countertop, or even further, to a human.

The following bacteria can commonly be found growing in laboratories, and if handled incorrectly and left to grow in an uncontrolled environment could prove very dangerous.

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Decontamination without Downtime

disinfecting a lab4.13.2015

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

Any institution that requires sanitization and/or disinfection, such as medical facilities, long term care facilities, food processing plants, wineries, etc. knows all too well that time is a precious commodity. One particular industry that places the greatest amount of importance on time is the diagnostic industry. Large diagnostic companies perform thousands of diagnostic tests daily, and the clinical analyzers used to perform these test must run at very high throughputs with very high accuracy and precision.

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Preventing Lab-Associated Infections

Clean science lab02.18.2015

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

LAIs, or laboratory-acquired infections, are classified as an infection acquired through lab or lab-related activities, regardless of whether the infection symptomatic or asymptomatic. These infections can occur in clinical labs as well any other type of lab environment that may come into contact with a pathogenic substance. Some of the most common microbes responsible for these LAIs include Hepatitis B, C, and D, Salmonella thyphi, mycobacterium tuberculosis, and Brucella spp..

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The Human Microbiome: What Am I Made Of? Part 1

Human Genome12.18.2014

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

Consider this question: Are you composed of more human cells or microbial cells? The Human Microbiome Project has found the answer to this and many more queries since the project began in 2007. This is an extension of the Human Genome Project, which called for more research upon the many discoveries making up the Human Microbiome. Within this new “What Am I Made Of” series, we are going to explore more into what the Human Microbiome project is and what they have discovered, along with looking at some of the microbial cells that make up our bodies. These microbial cells may act as helpful and normal flora in our bodies but can also become disease causing, killing machines.

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 4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Disinfectant for Equipment

03.13.14

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies 

medical equipmentDid you know that many sanitizers or disinfectants must be thoroughly rinsed from surfaces after application? It’s true, for example, for chlorine bleach and quaternary ammonium (quats) due to inherent chemical properties of these substances. Further, aside from a relatively long rinse when using such products, some products (quats, peracetic acid, hydrogen peroxide) are weak at penetrating bio-slime layers, have weak half-life (ozone) or are corrosive and/or carcinogenic (chlorine bleach). In summary, while so many chemicals are grandfathered in as a standard use protocol, most end users are unaware of the issues presented with use of the aforementioned chemicals.

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