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Using Vaginal Swabs To Measure pH: Can We Detect AVF?
2023-08-22
Using Vaginal Swabs To Measure pH: Can We Detect AVF?
Using Vaginal Swabs To Measure pH: Can We Detect AVF? Detecting abnormal vaginal flora (AVF) usually requires multiple tests at a gynecology clinic. A study evaluated a faster screening tool - a vaginal swab that measures pH levels. The goal was to see if this fast swab test could accurately detect women who need further testing. A easy screening tool could improve gynec...
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Using Chlorhexidine Swabs to Disinfect: A Key to Safer Blood Products
2023-08-22
Using Chlorhexidine Swabs to Disinfect: A Key to Safer Blood Products
Using Chlorhexidine Swabs to Disinfect: A Key to Safer Blood Products How Does Bacteria Get into Donated Blood Products? Bacterial contamination of donated blood products like red blood cells and platelets remains a major challenge for blood banks and transfusion services. The presence of bacteria in blood can lead to transfusion reactions and morbidity in recipients...
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Which Preoperative Swab is Best For Reducing Surgical Site Infections?
2023-08-22
Which Preoperative Swab is Best For Reducing Surgical Site Infections?
Which Preoperative Swab is Best For Reducing Surgical Site Infections? What is the purpose of preoperative skin preparation? Preoperative skin preparation is an important part of the effort to prevent surgical site infections (SSIs). The skin at the surgical site is cleansed before surgery to remove microorganisms that could lead to postoperative infections. Effecti...
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Should Alcohol Swabsticks Be Mandatory For All Injections?
2023-08-22
Should Alcohol Swabsticks Be Mandatory For All Injections?
Should Alcohol Swabsticks Be Mandatory For All Injections? What is the issue? A concerning proportion of people who inject drugs (PWID) do not use alcohol swabs to clean injection sites, putting them at risk of complications like abscesses and cellulitis. A recent Australian study found 28% said they never or almost never use swabs, and 26% did not swab be...
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Nasopharyngeal Flocked Swabs: An Optimal Method for Respiratory Virus Detection
2023-08-17
Nasopharyngeal Flocked Swabs: An Optimal Method for Respiratory Virus Detection
Nasopharyngeal Flocked Swabs: An Optimal Method for Respiratory Virus Detection Respiratory viral infections are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, especially in children. Timely diagnosis of these infections is crucial for clinical management. Traditionally, nasopharyngeal washes or aspirates have been considered the gold standard for respiratory virus sa...
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Antiseptic Swabsticks for Optimal Blood Donor Arm Disinfection
2023-08-17
Antiseptic Swabsticks for Optimal Blood Donor Arm Disinfection
Antiseptic Swabsticks for Optimal Blood Donor Arm Disinfection Blood transfusion-associated sepsis resulting from bacterially contaminated blood components remains a major concern for patient safety. The skin of blood donors harbors resident microflora that can lead to contamination if they are introduced into blood collection bags. Effective skin antisepsis at the phlebot...
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Comparing Swab Methods For Vaginal Microbiome Analysis
2023-08-17
Comparing Swab Methods For Vaginal Microbiome Analysis
Comparing Swab Methods For Vaginal Microbiome Analysis Traditionally, 16S rRNA gene sequencing has been considered the gold standard for characterizing the vaginal microbiome using swabs. However, this technique is relatively expensive and time-consuming. Recent studies have evaluated faster and cheaper alternative methods for analyzing vaginal swabs, while maintaining hig...
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Everything You Need To Know About CHG Swabsticks
2023-08-15
Everything You Need To Know About CHG Swabsticks
Everything You Need To Know About CHG Swabsticks What are CHG swabsticks? Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) swabsticks are antiseptic wipes used to prepare skin prior to injections, surgical procedures, or access of indwelling medical devices. They contain CHG, an antimicrobial that reduces bacteria on the skin. Why use CHG swabsticks? Using CHG swabsti...
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How to Prevent DNA Degradation in Urine Samples?
2023-08-08
How to Prevent DNA Degradation in Urine Samples?
How to Prevent DNA Degradation in Urine Samples? DNA in urine degrades rapidly, which hinders its application in individual identification. How can we prevent DNA degradation in urine and improve its value in forensics? What substances in urine promote DNA degradation? Urine contains urea, uric acid, creatine, mineral salts, urokinase and other substances tha...
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Systematic Optimization of Urine DNA Isolation for Microbiome Sequencing
2023-08-08
Systematic Optimization of Urine DNA Isolation for Microbiome Sequencing
Systematic Optimization of Urine DNA Isolation for Microbiome Sequencing Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology have enabled the characterization of microbial communities in different parts of the human body using culture-independent techniques. Studies using these methods have demonstrated that the urinary tract contains diverse microbial populations, termed the uri...
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Enhance DNA Extraction from Urine Using Tris-EDTA Treatment
2023-08-08
Enhance DNA Extraction from Urine Using Tris-EDTA Treatment
Enhance DNA Extraction from Urine Using Tris-EDTA Treatment Urine samples are commonly used for molecular detection of bacteria that colonize the genital tract. However, low concentrations of bacteria and the presence of PCR inhibitors like urea and crystals in urine can hamper efficient DNA extraction and subsequent molecular testing. A study in 2019 aimed to develop an o...
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UTI Stops DNA Degradation in Frozen Forensic Urine Samples
2023-08-08
UTI Stops DNA Degradation in Frozen Forensic Urine Samples
UTI Stops DNA Degradation in Frozen Forensic Urine Samples Urine represents an abundant and easily accessible biological material that could provide an alternative source of DNA for forensic genotyping and identification. However, DNA from urinary epithelial cells and cell-free DNA tends to degrade rapidly from enzymatic, chemical, and microbial damage during storage. This...
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