FecalSwab® : Frequently Asked Questions

July 13, 2020

FecalSwab® combines a COPAN-invented flocked swab with 2mL of Cary-Blair medium in a plastic, screw cap tube. Simplify and standardize fecal sample collection, transport and processing, converting semi-solid fecal matter into liquid specimens.

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Experts Weigh in On the Evolving Age of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Diagnostics

May 15, 2020

A new article in Clinical Microbiology Newsletter reviews the current role of emergent Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies in microbiology diagnostic testing. The authors of the article examined the increasingly prevalent use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in our day-to-day lives and explored the role of AI in digital image analysis of parasitology samples, gram stains, and bacterial culture. The article also reviews the state of AI technologies in fields of MALDI-TOF mass spectral data analysis and genome sequencing.

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First-in-Class Study Validates Alternate Transport Media and Broader Storage Conditions for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Testing on RT-PCR Platforms

May 1, 2020

SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is a communicable illness caused by a newly identified coronavirus with the number of clinical cases currently on the rise globally. Since the first reported case in December 2019, greater than 3.2 million cases have been reported worldwide…

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Lab Assistant Using FecalSwab

FecalSwab®, An Excellent Alternative When Utilizing BD MAX™ Enteric Bacterial Panel and the Extended Enteric Bacterial Panel, Study Finds

April 22, 2020

A new study published in Diagnostic Microbiology & Infectious Disease examines the use of low volume COPAN FecalSwab® specimens on the BD MAX™ molecular platform. The objective of the study is to determine the ideal volume of the flocked swab-based FecalSwab® medium equivalent to the BD MAX™ recommended bulk stool device Meridian Para-Pak Cary-Blair medium.

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COPAN Celebrates International Women’s Day & the Women at COPAN

March 8, 2020

March is a beautiful time of year that brings with it the promise of warmer sunny days and fun outdoor activities. March is also a very special time of year because it is designated “National Women’s History Month,” a time…

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COVID-19 Sample Collection Kits for Upper Respiratory Tract Specimens Resource Page

March 5, 2020

Due to the recent 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we have been receiving many inquiries about which types of swabs, media, and kits should be used for COVID-19 sample collection prior to testing. Below we have a short guide on…

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COPAN Streamlines Production to Yield Maximum Output of Viral Transport Kits for Collection of Upper Respiratory Samples, Including COVID-19

February 28, 2020

Brescia, Italy February 28, 2020 – With the surging demand for sample collection kits for diagnosing COVID-19 and other upper respiratory tract pathogens, COPAN is concentrating its efforts on strategic items to maximize product output and supply during the ongoing…

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Do My Microbes Love You? How Your Bacteria Affect Your Love Life

February 14, 2020

In November, we explored how our microbes have a tremendous influence on our nutrition, immunity, and overall well-being (Click to read the article in case you missed it). In honor of Valentine’s Day, we take a more in-depth look into…

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Best Practices for Sample Collection for Respiratory Specimens, Including Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

February 10, 2020

With the current rise in flu cases and possible spread of emerging respiratory viruses, like the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), laboratories and healthcare providers can expect another very busy flu season. The  2019-2020 flu season is on track to be one…

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CDC Recommends Nasopharyngeal Swabs AND Oropharyngeal Swabs as Suitable for Upper Respiratory Tract Specimens for Investigations of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

January 31, 2020

On January 30th, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) held its second meeting in Geneva of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). During the meeting the committee agreed that the outbreak constitutes a…

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Norman Sharples Receives Achievement Sculpture for 25 Years as CEO of COPAN Diagnostics, Inc.

January 7, 2020

During COPAN Diagnostics’ 25th Anniversary celebration, Norman was presented an achievement sculpture to commemorate his 25 years of service at COPAN. It consisted of an elegant and contemporary Eagle Sculpture from gifted wildlife California artist Kitty Cantrell. The name of…

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Versatile Easy-To-Use FecalSwab® is an Excellent Alternative to Traditional Containers for Accurate and Timely Detection of Gastrointestinal Pathogens from Fecal or Rectal Specimens

December 17, 2019

Fecal specimens have been utilized in the microbiology laboratory for years in order to detect bacterial gastrointestinal (GI) pathogens by culture.  More recently, molecular assays have been developed to detect not only bacterial GI pathogens, but viral and parasitic causes…

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Does ESwab™ Maintain Viability of Pathogenic Mycobacteria and Fungi?

November 26, 2019

Although there is little disagreement that body fluids, tissues and aspirates are the preferred materials to collect for the culture of specimens for fungus and mycobacteria, the use of ESwab™ has been shown to maintain the viability of these organisms and to release most of the sample into the media allowing for suitable culture material.

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Providers, Trainers, and Defenders: The Hidden Role of Your Microbes to be Thankful For

November 1, 2019

Halloween has come and gone, shifting our attention to Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to celebrate together with friends and family and to reflect on the relationships we are grateful for in our lives. Yet few people recognize some…

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The Spooky Microbe Monsters Among Us

October 28, 2019

It’s nearly Halloween, a time to celebrate by donning costumes, carving pumpkins, and watching horror films. The Fall Season is a perfect time to gather around a warm fire and tell spooky stories about our favorite monsters. Although monsters like…

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Can CAP Proficiency Testing (PT) Samples be Adequately Processed with Laboratory Automation? A Proof of Concept Study…

August 30, 2019

As part of the study, remnant CAP PT samples were tested to determine a procedure for processing the unknowns on the WASP®DT. The unknown samples were processed manually following the instructions provided by CAP. The results were used as a control to compare four different methods for processing the unknown samples on the WASP®DT.

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Hologic’s Panther Fusion MRSA Assay Lists ESwab™ as Approved Sample Collection Device

September 18, 2018

Hologic’s Panther Fusion MRSA Assay Lists ESwab™ as Approved Sample Collection Device

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FDA Cleared UriSponge™ for More Convenient Urine Collection, Preservation, and Transport

September 6, 2018

FDA Cleared UriSponge™ for More Convenient Urine Collection, Preservation, and Transport

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Preparing for the 2018 – 2019 Influenza Season

August 31, 2018

Preparing for the 2018 – 2019 Influenza Season

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Liquid Based Microbiology is the Key to Optimal Automation Utilization

August 24, 2018

Laboratories can optimize their automation utilization with COPAN LBM products

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Dr. Flora Returns to Demonstrate the PhenoMATRIX™ Software!

July 9, 2018

Dr. Flora Returns to Demonstrate the PhenoMATRIX™ Software

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Recent Study Shows WASPLab® and VITEK®MS Together to Facilitate Positive Blood Culture Identification in Approximately 4 Hours

May 25, 2018

Recent Study Shows WASPLab® and VITEK®MS Together to Facilitate Positive Blood Culture Identification in Approximately 4 Hours

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Orange You Glad WASPLab®’s PhenoMATRIX™ Can Detect and Interpret GAS Colonies on Novel CHROMagar’s Colorex Strep A Agar?

May 18, 2018

Orange You Glad WASPLab®’s PhenoMATRIX™ Can Detect and Interpret GAS Colonies on Novel CHROMagar’s Colorex Strep A Agar?

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COPAN FecalSwab for Infection Control Surveillance of ESBL, CRE and C. difficile

May 10, 2018

COPAN FecalSwab can be used for Infection Control Surveillance of ESBL, CRE and C. difficile

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Dr. Flora and Zip Journey Through PhenoMATRIX™

April 4, 2018

Automation comes alive in this exciting new video starring Zip and Dr. Flora, about COPAN’s PhenoMATRIX Algorithm Suite which automates reading of some traditional bacterial cultures.

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