Clinical Labs Continue to Work Through Workforce Shortage Challenges

Posted on May 26, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

As the intensity of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has lessened, another crisis is coming into sharper focus. The shortage of laboratory staff, which has been an issue for many years, is a major concern for clinical laboratory leadership. As the most recent COVID-19 surge has tapered...

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Regular Preventative Maintenance Supports Regulatory Compliance

Posted on May 24, 2022 by Brandon Russell

Performing routine preventative maintenance and calibration on professional medical-grade refrigerators and freezers not only provides protection for your most valuable and sensitive medications, vaccines, and patient samples, it also supports regulatory compliance where...

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Not Maintaining Cold Storage Equipment Creates Substantial Risks

Posted on May 19, 2022 by Brandon Russell

Refrigerators and freezers used in clinical settings to store medications and vaccines or biologics such as blood and patient tissue samples are vital components in ensuring these highly sensitive and highly valuable products and specimens remain safe and effective. 

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Considerations for Selecting Automatic Cell Washers

Posted on May 17, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

Pre-transfusion testing refers to the laboratory tests required to ensure compatibility between a patient’s blood and a transfusion of donated blood. This process includes patient identification, sample collection and labeling, and laboratory testing to determine the patient’s...

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Preventative Maintenance Helps GX Solutions Perform At Their Best

Posted on May 10, 2022 by Brandon Russell

GX Solutions are the first professional medical-grade refrigerators and freezers designed and manufactured to meet the demanding requirements of daily use in pharmacy, clinical laboratory, and blood bank settings. 

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BD Pyxis™ MedStation ES Named a Best Automated Dispensing Cabinet

Posted on May 05, 2022 by Brandon Russell

For the third year in a row, the BD PyxisMedStation ES was named the Best in KlasAutomated Dispensing Cabinet (ADC) for 2022 in the annualBest in Klas Software and Professional Service report published by Klas Research. 

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Clinical Centrifuges for Lipemia Removal, the STAT Lab, and More

Posted on May 03, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

Centrifuges are essential for preparing samples for analysis, and centrifugation is a critical step in many laboratory protocols. Clinical centrifuges are used for a variety of applications including serology, cytology, urinalysis, cell culture, and hematocrit centrifugation.

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Video: AgiTrak™ Monitoring for Platelet Agitators

Posted on Apr 28, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

AABB Standards detail the requirements for storage, transportation, and expiration of various blood products. According to this guidance, most platelet components should be stored from 20-24°C with continuous gentle agitation. To achieve these storage conditions, platelet...

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WHO Provides Simplified Process for Temperature Mapping Cold Storage Equipment

Posted on Apr 26, 2022 by Brandon Russell

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published guidance highlighting the importance of temperature mapping all cold storage equipment used to store medications and vaccines. The guidance requires all such equipment should be temperature mapped every two years and after any...

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Hospital Technology Focus Supports Medication Diversion Reduction

Posted on Apr 21, 2022 by Brandon Russell

According to the Annual Hospital Pharmacy Operations Report recently published by KitCheck, which surveyed 118 hospital pharmacy professionals (89 percent of whom have worked in the pharmacy hospital space for more than 10 years), the top three technology initiatives hospitals...

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