New Protocol for Automated Processing of Lab Proficiency Testing (PT) Samples

February 23, 2021

The data from this multicenter study show that CAP bacteriology PT samples are compatible with both the WASP and the Inocula automated processing systems.

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Study Shows COPAN eNAT™ Transport System Can Address Challenges in COVID-19 Diagnostics in Regions with Limited Testing Access

February 15, 2021

COPAN eNAT™, molecular collection and preservation medium, which received FDA clearance for microbial nucleic acid storage and stabilization in September 2020 has been featured in a new February 2021 JCM study. COVID19 testing is typically readily available in urban areas…

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New Study Shows the Impacts of the Variability in Instructions for Performance of Nasopharyngeal Swabs in the Era of COVID-19

February 11, 2021

The gold standard collection to determine the presence of SARS-CoV-2 uses a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab. Given the significant demand for COVID19 testing, there are a large number of previously untrained and unfamiliar staff now collecting these specimens.  We have all…

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COPAN’s Science-Driven Approach to Ramping Up COVID Collection Products One Swab at a Time

February 3, 2021

Detection. It’s one of the critical weapons in the battle against a virus that looks and acts like so many others. When SARS-CoV-2 first hit our shores, while we understood little about the novel virus, we did know one thing…

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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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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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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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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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Can CAP Proficiency Testing (PT) Samples be Adequately Processed with Laboratory Automation? A Proof of Concept Study ASM2019 Poster picture[1]

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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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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Can Bacteria be Stored in Freezing Temperatures Using ESwab™?

February 1, 2018

ESwab with 20 Percent Glycerol tested well for the long term storage of frozen bacteria

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Does ESwab Work for Pathogenic Fungi?

January 5, 2018

While there is extensive information to support ESwab™’s excellent performance with aerobic, anaerobic and fastidious bacteria, for the first time a study aimed at researching the question about fungi was published by the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

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Unique Anatomically Designed Flocked Swab Yields Superior Flu Diagnostics and Minimal Patient Discomfort

December 20, 2017

Unique Anatomically Designed Flocked Swab Yields Superior Flu Diagnostics and Minimal Patient Discomfort

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ESwab™, Anaerobes and Antibiotic Stewardship

December 12, 2017

ESwab™, Anaerobes and Antibiotic Stewardship

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Swabs Rule Over Stool: 99 Percent Versus 76 percent of Patients Could Provide Sample Using FecalSwab® in Study

September 15, 2017

A recent study published in “The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology” found that not only are COPAN’s rectal swabs a much more convenient tool for collecting pediatric fecal samples, but they actually increased the overall yield by 10 percent!

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To Phub or Not To Phub: How Dirty is Your Cell Phone?

September 1, 2017

The smart phone, it’s an adult’s security blanket. The clear majority of adults, and increasingly kids and teens, rarely part with their cell phones. We drag them everywhere, apparently even, into that most private of areas: the restroom.

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Chromogenic Bi-Plates and Dual ESwab™ Processed on WASPLab® Cuts Number of Specimens and Plates Used from Surveillance Cultures in Half

May 19, 2017

In a new study, researchers from Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, validated a more efficient and less costly process for identifying and preventing antibiotic-resistant Hospital-Acquired Infections.

The study compared the use of chromogenic media bi-plates for MRSA and VRE screening and the Dual ESwab™ kit with the use of WASPLab® for processing and imaging analysis.

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Ask ESwab: Is Having Money a Health Hazard?

May 12, 2017

Study investigates the microbes left on New York City currency using COPAN ESwab and metagenomic sequencing

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COPAN FecalSwab® Demonstrates Great Compatibility with Seegene’s Allplex Gastrointestinal Multiplex PCR and Outperforms Traditional Enteric Transport Devices

April 28, 2017

New study evaluated COPAN FecalSwab® and demonstrated its great compatibility with Seegene’s Allplex Gastrointestinal Multiplex PCR, outperforming traditional enteric transport devices

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Recent JCM Publication Shows BioFire’s FilmArray® GI Panel and FecalSwab® Lighting the Fire for Enteric Diagnostics

April 21, 2017

A new study that evaluated FecalSwab® in conjunction with BioFire’s FilmArray® GI Panel concluded that COPAN’s newest product addition improves patient care for rapid diagnostic of gastrointestinal diseases.

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ESwab is Great for Eight

April 12, 2017

A new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, determined the frequency and age associated with F. necrophorum and groups A and C/G streptococci as causes of bacterial pharyngitis in children. While conducting the study, researchers completed eight different investigations with just one specimen in an ESwab.

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