Laboratory Production Manager

Optimized performance

The newly released Laboratory Production Manager (LPM) version 5.5.3 revision 3, from PGP-Data Innovations Inc, South Burlington, Vt, includes new optimization-oriented strategies and faster installation and migration process. The LPM implements a new computation scheduling algorithm, and computations are now up to 30% faster, on average. In addition, database transactions require fewer resources as queries are more efficient and less intensive. New optimizations also include remote commands alert registration, workstation backup at randomized times, a faster host backup process, and a quicker and simpler installation process.

Data Innovations Inc
(802) 264-3470
www.datainnovations.com


Cytology Funnel

Helps deposit cells into microscope slides

Surgipath, Richmond, Ill, now offers a cytology funnel designed to work with the Shandon CytoSpin Centrifuge. The funnel can be used to deposit a thin layer of cells in a clearly defined area of microscope slide. Both white and brown filter cards, designed to absorb any excess fluid, are available. The brown filter cards absorb the sample at a slower rate and are ideal for spinal fluids. Easy-to-follow instructions are included in each pack.

Surgipath Medical Industries Inc
(800) 225-8867
www.surgipath.com


CD4 Count

Whole blood control for flow cytometry

Streck, Omaha, Neb, introduces its CD4 Count, a new whole blood quality control for verifying the accuracy of the BD FACSCount™ flow cytometer. The easy-to-read CD4 Count assay includes absolute counts and percent positive ratios on the cellular populations of CD3, CD4, and CD8 T-lymphocytes, which are parameters used in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS patients. In addition, CD4 Count’s two clinically relevant levels of CD4 cells help clinicians evaluate the instrument’s ability to read both normal and depressed levels. The product offers a 30-day open-vial stability and a 90-day closed-vial stability.

Streck
(800) 843-0912
www.streck.com


Phlebotomy Cart

Features a hinged storage area

Medicus Health, Grand Rapids, Mich, offers its new Phlebotomy Cart, which features an integrated handle, writing surface, storage area, phlebotomy tray, utility basket, and sharps container, developed from years of customer feedback. A hinged storage area is incorporated into the design for holding draw requisitions to protect patient confidentiality and maintain HIPAA compliance. The cart is lightweight, making it easy to push from room to room, and it can be raised and lowered easily with a fingertip control, which adjusts the surface height from 29 to 47 inches. All orders include the company’s droplet phlebotomy tray with large tube rack.

Medicus Health
(877) 514-1140
www.medicus-health.com


384-Well Pipette Tips

For the Velocity11 VPrep and Bravo workstations

Molecular BioProducts, San Diego, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, releases its new 384-well pipette tips for the Velocity11 VPrep® and Bravo™ liquid-handling workstations. All pipette tips are certified RNA, DNA, RNase, DNase, Pyrogen, and ATP free by an independent laboratory and are offered in sterile and nonsterile formats. Further benefits are provided from low percent coefficient of variation specifications to ensure precise liquid-handling performance. In addition, antistatic trays reduce static charge so tips mount straight and eject with consistent precision. Tips are lot-tested on a Velocity11 workstation and must pass an extensive 15-point quality control program.

Molecular BioProducts
(800) 995-2787
www.mbpinc.com