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Select the ideal test tube in 5 criteria
In the laboratory, many analyses require the use of test tubes. There are as many applications as there are fields of application, be it in biology, clinical, chemistry, centrifugation, storage or general laboratory use. How to select your ideal test tube? Here are 5 selection criteria to guide you. 5 main materials for the test tube body To begin with, we can distinguish two families […]
Choosing a micropipette: what criteria?
Choosing a micropipette requires evaluating normative and technical characteristics but also criteria that are much more subjective. Normative requirements for micropipettes? The micropipettes shall meet the requirements of ISO 8655-2: 2022 for volumetric piston devices – Part 2: Pipettes. This standard describes the requirements from a metrological point of view, the maximum permissible errors (MPE), the requirements for marking and the information to be […]
Secondary packaging resistant to a differential pressure of 95kPa: we tell you all about it!
Secondary packaging and ADR…the biological samples transport is regulated by the ADR – Accord for Dangerous goods by Road. ADR requires that a biological sample be packaged in 3 levels of packaging with specific characteristics for each of them. Primary packaging Secondary packaging Outer packaging Which features do secondary packaging have? ADR requires the secondary packaging to be leakproof. If the primary packaging (collection of […]
Learn about water sampling and analysis
Wednesday 22 March 2023 is World Water Day. Water sampling and analysis guarantee the quality of water. Your distributor and manufacturer LABELIANS will help you define your water sampling and analysis needs. Water, the importance of water World Water Day A day is dedicated to water every year on 22 March and has been since 1993. It is a United Nations international day that […]
Swabs for DNA research
DNA swabs are increasingly used for many applications. According to studies*, in 2019, more than 26 million people have already taken a DNA test as part of over-the-counter tests for origin searches, for example. But this is not the only application of DNA swabbing. These swabs are also used for: Criminal cases (Sexual assault, forensic genetics, evidence collection …) Paternity tests Genotypic research *Source : […]
Diagnosis of osteoarticular infections
The diagnosis of osteoarticular infections requires specific and efficient management throughout the care chain. Osteoarticular infections affect approximately 30,000 patients each year in France. It is known that 5,000 have an infection on the material, including 3,000 on prostheses, i.e. approximately 1.5% of implanted hip or knee prostheses. Care adapted to each situation Each case requires a specific and adapted management which may require […]
Microbiota analysis: new solutions for microbiological preparation
How to do a microbiota analysis? And how to facilitate its analysis? What is the microbiota? The word microbiota is made up of two words: micro which refers to the measurement scale of the micrometer (1 m = 10-6 m) and therefore to a microscopic element, and biota which means a set of organisms. We can therefore define the microbiota as a set of microorganisms […]
Safety rules in the laboratory
Following laboratory safety rules is a must in any laboratory, no matter where it is located. Human error, improper technique or misuse of equipment and apparatus are the cause of most injuries and infections attributable to activities performed in a laboratory. If specimens are not collected, transported and received in the laboratory properly, there is a risk of infection to personnel. What are the safety […]
How to store microscopy slides?
Microscope slides are in-vitro diagnostic medical devices and therefore comply with Regulation (EU) 2017/746 of the European Parliament and Council of 5 April 2017. The slides are made of soda-lime glass for optimal transparency that will facilitate microscopic observation. Elles subissent un lavage et sont dégraissées et prêtes à l’emploi lorsque vous les recevez au laboratoire. Storing them well and controlling the rotation of this […]
We need to change the management of Hazardeous Waste with Infectious Risks
The pandemic generated huge amounts of additional infectious waste. PPE, collection devices, reagents, have had to be absorbed into waste management systems around the world, generating additional production and destruction of plastic containers. Global Analysis of Health Care Waste in the Context of WHO COVID-19: the tipping point for the RHIW stream The World Health Organization published a report in February 2022 – Global Analysis […]
The disposable cap: clip-on or round?
A hair cap may not be the first thing we think of, but it is essential for good hygiene. Do we really know why we should use a cap? Are there any standards that apply to hair covers? We often hear about two types of caps: clip-on and round, but what is the difference between these two caps ? Why use a disposable cap? The […]
What regulations should I follow for my single-use gloves?
Single-use gloves are the most widely used personal protective equipment in the medical, laboratory, research and industrial sectors. Many brands and designs are available on the market, but what about the regulations and standards to be respected for the best use of single-use gloves? Two regulations are applicable for protective gloves: the Medical Devices (MD) Regulation (EU) 2017/745 and the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation […]
5 arguments to convince your lab manager to replace your laboratory equipment
You want to replace your laboratory equipment and your boss wonders if the time is right… Your centrifuge is not working properly, the sampling chair is very tired, you are looking for arguments to convince your laboratory boss to replace your equipment. However, lack of availability from the manufacturer, prices that have been skyrocketing in recent months, exploding energy bills, the desire to make your […]
Cryoglobulin analysis and centrifugation temperature control: the APHP experience
The quality of cryoglobulin analysis is dependent on the control of the sample centrifugation process. Until 2021, there was no reliable control of the different parameters affecting centrifugation and the only guarantee depended on good technical control by the laboratory. The clinical interest associated with the result of the search for a cryoglobulin, its determination and its characterization are no longer to be demonstrated. Therefore, […]
Good weighing practices in the lab: follow the guide !
You have at least one imperative objective in your weighing process: to obtain a fair, reliable and repeatable result from the first weighing. Indeed, successive weighings and errors have a direct impact on the result. To improve the efficiency of weighing processes, it is therefore essential to use the right scale in terms of performance and application. In addition, adherence to good weighing practices reduces […]
Everything you always wanted to know about the pathology cassette, but were afraid to ask
You use them every day in your anatomopathology processes, you know their smallest characteristics, their use has no secret for you: cassettes may still have some mysteries that we are delighted to unveil to you! Everything you need to know about the industrial development of an anapath cassette It is the research and development department of the manufacturer that designs the cassette, making sure that […]
Cell cultures: how to avoid contamination?
Cell culture contamination is a major issue for all laboratories as it leads to culture loss. This concern is particularly acute in medical laboratories analyzing very delicate stem cells without antibiotics, Contamination’s origins? Contamination is usually due to the presence of microorganism or mycoplasmas. As for bacteria, literature studies report that the contamination level can reach 5%. This contamination is very difficult to detect: […]
The glassware sealing that suits your laboratory usages
For each use of glass bottle in the laboratory, corresponds THE right cap and THE right sealing option. Capsules, cap, capes : you can benefit from different capping techniques, but in any case, it is the technical characteristics of the material used in the design of the plug itself, combined with the design of the joint that will make the difference. Each jar has its […]
Recommendations for homogenization and tubes centrifugation
The blood sample tubes homogenization and centrifugation is the pre-analytical process critical phase. It is indeed a non-conformities source and determines the analysis results reliability. Two “technical” dimensions must be taken into account: compliance with time limits between sampling and centrifugation Centrifugation itself: the inversions number needed and the values to be applied to the three metrological quantities for a successful blood collection tubes centrifugation […]
Temporary shortages for lab supplies, what solutions?
Temporary shortages or disruptions for lab supplies are announced in many sectors. What solutions are available? The current economic situation affects the everyone’s daily life by creating these shortages on laboratory devices The economic crisis has had many impacts and has disrupted the whole supply chain of raw materials that are essential to many consumables or lab furnitures manufacturing. In this environment, each manufacturer […]
Laboratory plastics: technical resins
Technical resins for the manufacture of laboratory plastics: for demanding applications Laboratory plastics are the generic term for a wide variety of resins. Each one has its own intrinsic technical characteristics which have their own benefits for your uses on the bench. Knowing them will allow you to better choose the consumable that suits your applications. The technical resins are suitable for the most demanding […]
7th wave COVID-19 : Children are the most affected, where to quickly get saliva sampling kits for testing ?
The latest figures from “Santé Publique France” re the 7th COVID-19 wave in France show a huge increase in the incidence rate in all age groups and whole France territory – metropolitan France and overseas territories. However, the 0-9 Yo age group is the most affected with +65% of children infected e.g. 305 per 100,000 inhabitants in week 25 (from 20th to 26th of June […]
FFP masks : Choose efficiency !
FFP masks protect your environment in te laboratory by blocking droplets emitted by the wearer’s mouth and nose; they will also protect you or your employees – even by filtering the air you breathe. Today, many models of FPP masks are available on the market but not all are equal. It may be difficult to find your way around, we help you in your choice […]
Medical face mask : how to make the right choice ?
Choosing a medical mask means understanding its use The mask is an essential element of personal protection for all personnel in contact with patients, even beyond the particular constraints that we encounter in these times of COVID 19 pandemics. Indeed, the first protective measure against COVID 19 – well before hand washing – is the mask, since it is the best barrier to pathogens transmitted […]
4 Tips to pick the right technical seat or stool for a laboratory technician
In 2015, Withings Corporate Wellness institute issued a report that ranked health related professions as the top sedentary ones. . That may sounds weird, but it’s actually true that lab mates can stay seated most of the working day and may not have a chance to move away from their chairs during 5 hours in a row each day ! Everywhere (research, education, medical biology, […]
4 things you must know to improve bathing water quality
Summer is right at the corner, and it’s indeed time for considering bathing water analysis as a critical issue. Drought is affecting many areas and heat can be the pollution source that requires highest attention. Each year in France for instance, more than 30,000 bathing water samples are analyzed from more than 3,000 sites upon Regional Health Agencies (ARS) request. Which risks for the bather […]
Single-use or reusable stainless steel sampling instrument: how to choose?
Single-use or reusable instrument ? Today, the reusable specification is again defined as strategic for purchasing criteria. Therefore, it is necessary to consider the benefits of reusable and single-use solutions to get the right choice. According to the laboratory consumable types, it is not always possible to have a reusable alternative. Thus, everyone can easily identify the reusable alternative to a single-use plastic container, which […]
Biological samples transportation – What is true, what is false ?
Biological samples transportation … The ADR regulations – Accord for Dangerous Goods by Road – manage the biological samples transportation. As soon as the biological samples are on the public domain, the ADR regulation applies SAMPLES All biological samples are covered and must respect the ADR: FALSE! The specimens concerned by this regulation are all biological products, substances or materials derived from living organisms; that […]
Nomad : A complete microbial cleanliness solution !
What is the microbial cleanliness solution Nomad? The Nomad is a microbial cleanliness testers (less than 60 seconds) without additional equipment and easy to store. The Rapid Diagnostic Orientation Test (RDOT )Nomad is a real revolution in the bacterial contamination monitoring; testing the products has never been easier. We explain how it works ! 3 microbial cleanliness testers for 3 different purposes : […]
How to ensure an accurate and precise liquid sampling ?
Liquid handling can be both qualitative and quantitative. The right pipetting solution must be selected to meet the precision, accuracy, comfort demands while garanteeing a reliable and reproducible analytical result. How to ensure that your liquid sampling remain accurate and precise ? Precision instrument require metrology! All these instruments: micropipettes, repetitive distributors or dispensers are in accordance with the ISO8655 standard for volumetric piston devices. […]
How to avoid non-conformity in the lab in pre-analytic phase : the various factors impacting results
The pre-analytic phase is a must have to the succes of the analytics process. Various factors can mess with the results. If you know them you can avoid them.
Dispensing a liquid with precision and safety: dispenser!
Dangerous liquids is a critical issue in the laboratory, especially when it means a potential risk to the technician. Choosing the right technical solution can be difficult. Dangerous liquid: what about their risks? There are significant risks when handling potentially toxic products. These risks include skin contact, eye contact or inhalation of vapors/aerosols. Risk training helps to reduce these exposures. This means that technicians […]
Erlenmeyer : make the good choice between composition and price !
Why is this Erlenmeyer flask more expensive than others? This question is on the lips of many lab technicians. After some research on the subject, our team was able to break down for you all the elements that make the use value of an Erlenmeyer flask and that should guide your choices beyond price. The Erlenmeyer flask is preferred to a beaker when its use […]
How to prevent diagnostic non conformities for a pre-analytical successfull process : the samples collector his responsabilities and working comfort
The samples collector is the hero of the successful preanalytical phase. The biologist is not part of this process at all. The sampler must therefore be fully aware of his responsibilities and his working comfort must be promoted.
Some ways to improve the eco-responsibility of your laboratory
Eco-responsibility is an imperative topic. We must preserve the environment. However, this demand comes up against the constraints to which the laboratory is subjected. It is inexorable and we do not see how to do otherwise: The laboratory uses mostly single-use, plastic, packaged and over-packaged consumables. This is the only way to get reliable results. The enormous quantity of hazardous waste garbage cans incinerated every […]
Laboratories : help your patients know how to collect 24-hour urine
For a patient, knowing how to collect 24-hour urine is a real question. Thus, faced with this 2L canister, many patients feel a bit helpless. However, the quality of urine analysis also depends on the quality of its collection. Therefore, laboratories and manufacturers of 24-hour urine bottles must work hand in hand to offer patients all the information they need to perform a quality collection, […]
How to design to the smallest details a custom lab : workbenches, furnishing and colors
It is indeed possible to design a custom lab ! Whether you are opening a new laboratory, or the current layout no longer suits you, the solution of custom-made to the nearest millimeter is the ultimate solution. If you wish to get advice on the design of your laboratory or if you wish to find the right design office to achieve your wishes, then you […]
Laboratory glassware: how to make the right choice ?
Very much in use in all labs until early 80’s, laboratory glassware stepped back from benches when facing PE or PP single-use vials. Indeed glass use safety and easy to clean weaknesses have been very much arguing in favor of single use. As breakage was too frequent and the cleaning procedure with the use of an automatic machine too cumbersome, glass bottles were abandoned. However, […]
IHW regulations: which container for which waste?
The DASRI regulations are complex. To comply with them without forgetting anything, we suggest that you review together which containers are suitable for each DASRI waste produced by your laboratory. May you still have questions once you have read this blogpost, please share them in the “comments” section below.
5 tips to design your workbench
Are you looking for tips on how to design your workbench? How to make it more ergonomic? Should it be modular? Faced with such a structuring project for your laboratory, you are no doubt asking yourself many questions. So our team has done some research so you can be sure to prioritise five things to improve your workspace. Your well-being is the key priority when […]
Machine treatment : How to wash laboratory glassware ?
You now know how to prepare your laboratory glassware before performing the machine treatment in order to avoid all risks related to possible residues. The automaton programs are not sufficient enough to properly process laboratory glassware. This is why it is necessary to follow some recommendations such as the equipment positioning in the machine or the different treatment processes.
How to extend lithium batteries life in the laboratory
Extending the life of lithium batteries for laboratory instrumentation is crucial. Indeed, many laboratory instruments are equipped with a lithium-based battery. Electronic pipettors, for example, are equipped with them. These batteries are part of your daily life and have many advantages, but they also require a number of precautions to be taken in use, storage and charging. Recharge the lithium battery of your instrument on […]
Control and storage : How to wash laboratory glassware ?
Why must you absolutely respect the control and storage rules ? Laboratory glassware is considered fully ready for re-use after it has been visually inspected and stored in accordance with procedures. Indeed, machine processing is not the final step and is not sufficient to consider glassware as clean.
Changing tips between two calibrations : suggested protocols
In the course of this pandemic, you are regularly confronted with shortages of cones on your usual brands. The Cofrac requirement has not changed at the moment, the cones used by the laboratories must be those identified in the calibration certificates. However it is, at the moment, sometimes very difficult to comply with this requirement. In this post, we would like to help you by […]
Before machine treatment : How to wash laboratory glassware ?
Washing laboratory glassware is an art! Indeed, it is necessary to juggle between cross-contamination, the lab technicians’ safety and the hygiene rules imposed. This is why LABELIANS is here to help you, so that you no longer have to ask yourself any questions on this subject. We have tried to make this blogpost as simple as possible so that even novices can find their way […]
Implementing a range of I.H.W.A.D. (Infectious risk healthcare activities) collectors with LABELIANS
Implementing a I.H.W.A.D. range is a challenge. Choosing the right collectors and the accessories for the different departments of a hospital, setting up the equipment, training the teams, the list of challenges is long. Discover how LABELIANS has been a solid partner for the Clermont CHU in a particularly complicated period of the COVID19 pandemic. Implementing a range of I.H.A.W. (infectious risk healthcare waste) collectors […]
Micropipette stock in your laboratory : how to manage it well ?
The micropipette is a precision tool for volumetric measurements that must be accurate and reproducible. The stock of micropipettes is therefore a crucial piece of instrumentation for your workbenches. Many factors are essential in the choice of a micropipette: ergonomics the volume range performance: precision and accuracy quality of materials In addition, once your laboratory is equipped, you will need to validate compliance throughout their […]
Know eveything about blood sampling tubes
Among the different colour codes, the order of sampling or the additives used, it is not always easy to find your way around when it comes to using the tube for blood sampling. Whether you are a beginner, want to clear up a doubt or simply remind your team, Laviedulabo.fr wants to simplify your daily life by presenting each of our tubes in their order […]
How to chose the right COPAN swab ?
Swab sampling is a critical phase in the diagnostic process LABELIANS has been working with the COPAN brand since its founding, which has been developing swab sampling solutions for over 40 years. COPAN expertise is recognised in many fields such as clinical diagnostics, industry and genomics (forensic), with a wide range of applications such as : Respiratory, gastrointestinal and skin infection detection Microbial resistance to […]
Building a new medical laboratory layout with LABELIANS bioleader design
Building project of a laboratory layout for a new building to house the future Daux laboratory in Issoire (63), which will replace the previous city centre laboratory. The DAUX laboratory located in Issoire has become a reference in this field over the years. Located in the town centre in fairly narrow premises on different floors, our client realised that it needed to expand its premises […]
Laboratory layout : a crucial element of lab hygiene
Laboratory layout and hygiene are closely linked. In addition to the unavoidable subject of ventilation and air circulation, electrical energy management and personal protective equipment, you will have to reconcile numerous constraints to ensure the perfect safety of your technicians on their benches. Laboratory layout: go with the flow ! The design of the layout & positioning of each item has a significant impact on […]