Characteristics of Hazardous Drugs Infographic

Posted on Mar 14, 2018 by Miranda Allen

Hazardous drugs are defined as drugs which involve risks when handled in occupational settings. Workers exposed to hazardous drugs are to be informed of the hazardous chemicals in the drugs they...

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What Are Best Practices for Selecting Automatic Cell Washing Systems?

Posted on Mar 13, 2018 by Colleen Holtkamp

Helmer Scientific has been serving the blood bank community for more than 40 years.  Over time, we have been asked about important factors for the design of equipment used in blood banks. What is...

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4 Steps to Creating a Hazardous Drug Working Group

Posted on Mar 09, 2018 by Miranda Allen

The National Institute for Occupational Safety (NIOSH) hazardous drug (HD) list has been around since 2004 and was last updated in 2016 when 34 new drugs were added to the list. The list contains...

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The Challenges of the Clinical Laboratory Workforce Shortage

Posted on Mar 07, 2018 by Colleen Holtkamp

A tremendous challenge faced by clinical laboratories is the availability of enough qualified personnel to meet their staffing needs. It can be difficult to fill open positions, which means that...

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6 Valuable Resources in the 2018 CDC Vaccine Storage & Handling Toolkit

Posted on Mar 01, 2018 by Miranda Allen

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a new version of the vaccine storage and handling toolkit this January. You can access it through the link at the end of this post. The new toolkit...

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Spinning in Space: Centrifuge on the International Space Station

Posted on Feb 28, 2018 by Donna Holpuch

Photo courtesy of NASA

Hurtling through space miles above the earth is the Human Research Facility (HRF) aboard the Destiny Laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS).  The Destiny...

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Best Practices for Selecting Blood Bank Equipment

Posted on Feb 27, 2018 by Colleen Holtkamp

Over time, Helmer Scientific has been asked about important factors for the design of equipment used in blood banks. What is it about the device that helps a blood center or a hospital transfusion...

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The Expanding Role of Biobanks in Improving Patient Care

Posted on Feb 22, 2018 by Colleen Holtkamp

Biobanks are an essential resource for the study of diseases, including diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. They serve as repositories for samples gathered from participants who...

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CDC Speaks on this Difficult Flu Season and Warns the Worst is yet to Come

Posted on Feb 20, 2018 by Miranda Allen

Caused by viruses, flu is a contagious respiratory illness with mild to severe symptoms that can sometimes lead to death. The influenza season began in October and activity is now widespread in...

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New Data Shows how Hazardous Drug Contamination is Putting Pharmacists and Nurses at Risk

Posted on Feb 16, 2018 by Miranda Allen

Although the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) pushed the implementation date of USP Chapter <800> out to 2019, new data provides a push to implement the chapter as soon as possible to...

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