Cold and flu season is always a busy time in the laboratory, particularly when SARS-CoV-2 is still circulating within our communities. It’s hard to predict how bad this coming flu season will be. However, the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, has reported that Ireland could potentially be hit by a “perfect storm” this year:
“What we’re planning for is a combination of an early flu season, a very significant flu season, together with a surge in Covid”
The combination of covid-19 and influenza presents added challenges for our healthcare system. As a result preparation for the upcoming flu season has already begun in many healthcare facilities.
Our partners Copan and Microbiologics manufacture a range of pre-analytical devices and Quality Controls that can help alleviate the burden placed on hospitals during flu season by delivering convenient, test-ready diagnostic products:
Flu Season – Copan Products
eNAT® is intended to collect, transport, and preserve microbial and human nucleic acids to be analysed by amplification techniques. The eNAT® medium rapidly inactivates the viability of the sample for increased handler safety. eNAT® is the ready-to-use device for quickly homogenizing your sample, for a high-quality, unbiased nucleic acid yield, and fast turnaround time.
Copan Universal Transport Medium (UTM®) system is intended for the collection, transport, and preservation of clinical specimens containing Viruses, Chlamydia, Mycoplasma, and Urea plasma.
FLOQSwabs® consists of a customisable moulded plastic shaft and a tip coated with perpendicular short Nylon® fibres. Thanks to the superior elution efficiency, FLOQSwabs® ensure a flawless specimen collection, expanding downstream testing capabilities.
FLOQSwabs® soft flocked tip is available in numerous sizes and shapes to fit many anatomical collection sites.
Flu Season – Microbiologics Products
Catalog # Microbiologics QC Respiratory Panels
QC testing your diagnostic instruments and assays shouldn’t add to your stress this flu season! Microbiologics makes it simple, with accurate, test-ready controls for a variety of respiratory pathogens to help you ensure consistent, reliable results. Check out their range of respiratory control panels below:
Copan’s pre-analytical products ensure a quick, capillarity-driven sample uptake and a superior elution of your sample, expanding downstream diagnostic testing capabilities while Microbiologics controls can help instil confidence in your test results by providing your laboratory with safe, simple and stable quality controls.
If you would like further information on any of the Copan or Microbiologics products above please get in touch with our product specialist below or browse our range here.
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2022. [online] Available at: <https://www.irishtimes.com/health/2022/07/20/preparations-for-potential-perfect-storm-of-covid-19-surge-and-flu-outbreaks-in-autumn/> [Accessed 24 August 2022].