Amies Media


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Amies modified Stuart’s original formula by replacing the glycerophosphate in the original formula for an inorganic phosphate buffer. The metabolism of glycerophosphate by coliform organisms and other Gram-negative rods, in Stuart’s original formulation, resulted in proliferation of these organisms from throat, wound and fecal specimens. Amies also found that NaCl at 0.3% w/v was optimal for the preservation of Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Calcium and magnesium salts were added in the belief that these ions were of importance in controlling the permeability of the bacterial cells and contributed to their survival. Copan offers Amies transport systems as Liquid Amies Swabs, Amies Agar Gel without Charcoal, Amies Agar Gel with Charcoal, and a modified version of Amies Gel with and without Charcoal in its M40 Transystem.
 

 LIQUID AMIES MEDIUM TRANSPORT SWABS

 AMIES AGAR GEL MEDIUM TRANSPORT SWABS - NO CHARCOAL

 AMIES AGAR GEL MEDIUM TRANSPORT SWABS - WITH CHARCOAL


Liquid Amies Medium Transport Swabs

No glass ampoules to break or seals and barriers to puncture.

Swabs immediately in direct contact with fluid-filled sponge: the sponge is soaked with 1.0 ml of liquid transport medium that acts like a moisture reservoir.

No dry swab samples: the foam sponge holds enough medium for single or double swabs and its design will not slide or fall out during use.

Available in regular swab for throat, vaginal, wound and skin sample or minitip for some pediatric sampling, ear, nose, threat eye, male urethral swab sampling.

Formula for Liquid Amies Medium
Sodium Chloride
3.00 g
Potassium Chloride
0.20 g
Calcium Chloride
0.10 g
Magnesium Chloride
0.10 g
Monopotassium Phosphate
0.20 g
Disodium Phosphate
1.15 g
Sodium Thioglycollate
1.00 g
Distilled Water
1.00 liter

 

CAT. No.
Description
SAMPLING SITES
Pack SIZE
140C
Liquid Amies –
Single plastic swab - white cap
Throat, vaginal, wound and skin swabs
50 swabs per pack
10 packs per case
138C
Liquid Amies –
Double plastic swabs - red cap
Throat, vaginal, wound and skin swabs.
50 swabs per pack
10 packs per case



MINITIP LIQUID AMIES SWABS

Suitable for ear, nose, throat, eye and male urethral swab sampling. The narrow dimension of the swab shafts and small tip provides a more practical device for some pediatric swab sampling.

CAT. No.
Description
SAMPLING SITES
Pack SIZE
142C
Liquid Amies - minitip -
Regular aluminum wire - orange cap
Firm wire ideal design for male
urethral sampling
50 swabs per pack
10 packs per case
126C
Liquid Amies - minitip -
Soft aluminum wire - green cap
Soft wire that can be easily bent
and pre-shaped.
50 swabs per pack
10 packs per case
191C
Liquid Amies - minitip -
Flexible twisted wire - blue cap
Designed specifically for nasopharyngeal
sampling. Very flexible, will bend and
yield when in contact with posterior
nasopharyngeal. Features a safe loop
shaped wire tip covered with soft rayon.
50 swabs per pack
10 packs per case

AMIES AGAR GEL MEDIUM TRANSPORT SWABS

Unique Venturi hourglass tube design prevents disintegration or breakdown of gel column during specimen transport and eliminates air bubbles harmful to fastidious bacteria

No glass ampoules to break, no seal or barriers to puncture or dry swabs

Maximum 5ml gel column affords maximum protection and improves sample viability.

Available with or without charcoal: presence of charcoal in medium neutralizes toxins and inhibitory substances. The Amies formula with charcoal has been shown to improve the recovery of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and is often recommended for Bordetella pertussis.

Formula for Amies Agar Gel Medium
Sodium Chloride
  3.00 g
Potassium Chloride
  0.20 g
Calcium Chloride
  0.10 g
Magnesium Chloride
  0.10 g
Monopotassium Phosphate
  0.20 g
Disodium Phosphate
  1.15 g
Sodium Thioglycollate
  1.00 g
Charcoal (optional)
10.00 g
Bacteriological Agar
  7.50 g
Distilled Water
  1.00 liter



AMIES AGAR GEL SWABS - NO CHARCOAL

CAT. No.
Description
SAMPLING SITES
Pack SIZE
108C
Amies Agar Gel -
Single plastic swab - blue cap
Throat, vaginal, wound and skin swabs.
50 swabs per pack
10 packs per case
134C
Amies Agar Gel -
Double plastic swabs - blue cap
Throat, vaginal, wound and skin swabs.
50 swabs per pack
10 packs per case



MINITIP AMIES AGAR GEL SWABS - NO CHARCOAL

Suitable for ear, nose, throat, eye and male urethral swab sampling. The narrow dimension of the swab shafts and small tip provides a more practical device for some pediatric swab sampling.

CAT. No.
Description
SAMPLING SITES
Pack SIZE
110C
Minitip Amies -
Regular aluminum wire - orange cap
Firm wire ideal design for male
urethral sampling.
50 swabs per pack
10 packs per case
124C
Minitip Amies -
Soft aluminum wire - green cap
Soft wire that can be easily bent
and pre-shaped.
50 swabs per pack
10 packs per case
190C
Minitip Amies -
Flexible twisted wire - blue cap
Designed specifically for nasopharyngeal
sampling. Very flexible, will bend and
yield when in contact with posterior
nasopharyngeal wall. Features a safe loop
shaped wire tip covered with soft rayon.
50 swabs per pack
10 packs per case

AMIES Agar GEL SWABS - WITH CHARCOAL

CAT. No.
Description
SAMPLING SITES
Pack SIZE
114C
Amies charcoal -
Single plastic swab - black cap
Throat, wound and urogenital specimens.
50 swabs per pack
10 packs per case
136C
Amies Charcoal -
Double plastic swabs - white cap
Throat, wound and urogenital specimens.
50 swabs per pack
10 packs per case



MINITIP AMIES AGAR SWABS - WITH CHARCOAL

Suitable for ear, nose, throat and eye cultures. Also male urethral samples for Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The narrow dimension of the swab shafts and small tip provides a more practical device for pediatric swab sampling.

CAT. No.
Description
SAMPLING SITES
Pack SIZE
116C
Amies Charcoal -
Regular aluminum wire - orange cap
Firm wire ideal design for male
urethral sampling.
50 swabs per pack
10 packs per case
125C
Amies Charcoal -
Soft aluminum wire - green cap
Soft wire that can be easily bent
and pre-shaped.
50 swabs per pack
10 packs per case
192C
Amies Charcoal -
Flexible twisted wire - blue cap
Designed specifically for nasopharyngeal
sampling. Recommended for Bordetella
pertussis
investigations. Very flexible,
will bend and yield when in contact with
posterior nasopharyngeal wall. Features
a safe loop shaped wire tip covered with
soft rayon.
50 swabs per pack
10 packs per case