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Successful PaCMAn Course 2018

Another successful Practical and Clinical Microbiology of Anaerobes course was held on 14 & 15 June in Cardiff. We had a full complement of 26 delegates, including overseas visitors from Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Romania, Germany and Costa Rica.

This 2-day residential course enables delegates to refresh their knowledge on culturing, identification and the clinical importance of anaerobes and allows them to learn from clinical and laboratory professionals about the latest technologies and techniques. The course is delivered by the UK Anaerobe Reference Unit, Public Health Wales, Cardiff and is CPD accreditated by RCPath (11 credits).

 

The main aims of the course are:

·         To promote an understanding and awareness of anaerobic bacteria in clinical material.

·         To gain an insight into their relevance in clinical microbiology.

·         To achieve a basic level of competence in methods used for their isolation and identification.

·         To improve the standards of anaerobic microbiology in clinical laboratories.

 

Feedback from delegates has again been very positive with the majority rating it ‘excellent’ overall. Participants particularly enjoyed the friendly and informative course atmosphere and provided comments such as:

“Excellent course will definitely recommend to others.”

“Will be recommending for colleagues to attend.”

“Engaging speakers, very helpful, great team. I would highly recommend this course. I have learnt so much and look forward to passing all this great information to my team at work.”

“A fantastic course that came highly recommended to me and I will certainly
recommend to others.”

“It is an excellent workshop and I will recommend the course, even if you are working outside of the UK. Lectures were clear and well organized. The booklets are very educational for my needs.”

 

Whitley A55 WorkstationDon Whitley Scientific sponsors and helps to administer the course on behalf of the UK Anaerobe Reference Unit (ARU). We loaned the ARU a Whitley A55 Workstation for the course so that they had increased incubation capacity for the practical sessions.

It is planned to hold the course again in 2019 but dates have not yet been finalised. Keep an eye on the DWS blog or contact us on sales@dwscientific.co.uk if you are interested in attending this event.

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Microbiology International at ASM Microbe 2017

Don Whitley Scientific’s US distributor, Microbiology International, will be exhibiting at the upcoming American Society for Microbiology annual conference. The event, known as ASM Microbe, will be held in New Orleans from June 1st to June 5th. Microbiology International will be showcasing Don Whitley Scientific products at Booth 2837.

The ASM continues to be the international leader in advancing microbial sciences across the globe, boasting more than 50,000 members. The annual ASM Microbe conference gives delegates and exhibitors the chance to experience everything that is happening in microbiology and connect with bright minds across the broad scope of the industry. The five day programme includes keynote speakers, poster sessions, workshops and also an optional city tour of New Orleans.

The Microbiology International stand will feature the Whitley A55 Anaerobic Workstation. Representatives will be available to explain why this is the best option when it comes to a range of microbiology applications. Two unique features of these workstations are the Instant Access Port System and Anaerobic Conditions Monitoring. The first ensures the workstation is easy and comfortable to work in whilst ACM ensures anaerobic conditions are monitored, providing consistently reliable results.

If you are at this event make sure you visit Booth 2837 to discuss how our product range could help you in your work.

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BSMT Annual Scientific Conference

Don Whitley Scientific will be exhibiting at the British Society for Microbial Testing annual conference, held on 12th May at Public Health England in Colindale. 

The BSMT conference is aimed at senior biomedical and clinical scientists, other scientists and medical microbiologists. The meeting will feature talks on a wide range of relevant microbiology topics. The programme features UK and international speakers, who will deliver a range of talks on the day. Don Whitley Scientific will be there to exhibit at the event. Sales representatives will be on hand to discuss how our product range can benefit a range of microbiology applications.

The featured product on the Don Whitley Scientific exhibition stand will be the ChromaZona, an automated microbial identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) system, which provides faster results for busy laboratories. ChromaZona features automatic comparison with EUCAST MIC breakpoint values and provides fully traceable information for UKAS accreditation.

Also on the Don Whitley Scientific stand is the Whitley Interactive Product Presentation. This interactive display will give delegates the option to explore the full range of Whitley Workstations and access in-depth information on each product. Make sure to visit the Don Whitley Scientific exhibition stand if you are attending this event.

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Why Choose a Whitley Workstation?

There are many reasons to choose a Whitley Workstation when it comes to Anaerobic, Hypoxic or Microaerophilic work. We can discuss these with you anytime, but we also have plenty of satisfied customers who have expressed why using a Whitley Workstation improves their working methods and results.

Over the years, customers have supplied us with many testimonials about their Don Whitley Scientific products. From these we can see that not only have Whitley Workstations become approved by fantastic researchers worldwide, but we can also help promote the amazing work that is done by our customers.

Dr Vaibhao Janbandhu at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCR) in Sydney, Australia uses a Whitley H35 Hypoxystation in his work on finding new ways to stimulate heart regeneration during ageing and after heart attack. He uses his H35 Hypoxystation to isolate, culture and characterise adult cardiac stem cells. In Dr Janbandhu’s words the H35 is “an integral part of the project to advance the project aims”.

In this video testimonial, Jane Freeman at Leeds General Infirmary explains how her Whitley A95 Workstation improves the working methods in her Clostridium difficile research. Jane reports that she and her team are able to use the workstation for “several hours at a time in relative comfort” and that the workstation is able to house all the technical equipment her team requires. This allows “the whole experiment to be performed in optimum conditions without introducing air at all”. Jane explains that “reliability, versatility and space are the significant benefits of the workstations in our work on Clostridium difficile“.

The Institute of Cancer Research in London is one of the world’s most influential research institutes, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. At the Institute, George Poulogiannis uses a combination of Whitley i2 Instrument Workstation (with Seahorse XF Analyzer) and Whitley H35 Hypoxystation in his research into breast cancer. Hypoxia is a key factor in the “Hallmarks of Cancer” and this team are studying the role of hypoxia in cell invasion and metastasis, oncogene-induced senescence and resistance to current treatment options. The i2 and H35 replicate a physiologically relevant atmosphere for these studies, enabling consistent and reliable results. This combination of Workstations is also used by Dr Ayse Latif, who is researching gynaecological cancers at The University of Manchester.

Don Whitley Scientific would like to take this opportunity to thank all customers who have provided testimonials. If you would be interested in supplying a testimonial, please contact Alex_Rhodes@dwscientific.co.uk.

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Modifications made to Whitley A55 Anaerobic Workstation

Don Whitley Scientific products can be used across a wide range of scientific applications. Sometimes modifications can be made to our workstations to suit specific user needs. This happened recently when a customer required a different style of porthole for an Whitley A55 Anaerobic Workstation to allow them to work more freely with equipment inside the cabinet.

In this case we manufactured round porthole doors that can be removed and stored securely within the cabinet, thus providing maximum flexibility. This also allows more room to use the Whitley Automated Spiral Plater inside the workstation. The advantage of this being that all the customer’s sample processing is done in anaerobic conditions, meaning more consistent and reliable results.

The Whitley A55 Anaerobic Workstation provides a huge working capacity, enabling easy processing and examination of samples. With four ports (available as instant access or sleeved portholes) along the body of the workstation, two people can work side-by-side to process samples and introduce or remove samples via rapid airlocks on each side of the unit.

The A55 is one model in a wide range of anaerobic and hypoxic workstations from Don Whitley Scientific, each with unique features and options that are made with various scientific applications in mind. If you’re looking for quality equipment to benefit your results, don’t hesitate to get in touch and see what Don Whitley Scientific can provide for you.

 

 

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Clinical Microbiology of Anaerobes – Course Success

Don Whitley Scientific recently sponsored a two day residential course delivered by the UK Anaerobe Reference Unit, Public Health Wales. The Practical & Clinical Microbiology of Anaerobes Course was held on 25-26 June in Cardiff. The event served as a refresher on culturing, identifying and being aware of the clinical importance of anaerobes. 

The 20 places available on the course were filled within a few weeks of the event being promoted, proving that the subject matter is of real interest to today’s microbiologists. Delegates came from all over the UK: from Inverness to Truro!

The aims of the course were:

  • To promote an understanding and awareness of anaerobic bacteria in clinical material
  • To gain an insight into the relevance of anaerobic bacteria in clinical microbiology
  • For delegates to achieve a basic level of competence in methods used for the isolation and identification of anaerobes
  • To improve the standards of anaerobic microbiology in clinical laboratories.

Trefor Morris, Lead Scientist of the UKARU, said:

“I am very proud of the commitment and dedication of my team in delivering such an excellent course. The positive feedback shows that we must continue to use our expertise to reinforce the importance of anaerobic bacteria, particularly in the face of the challenges of antimicrobial resistance. Indeed the fact that the course is already almost full for next year is testament to the level of interest and its unique nature.”

“I am also particularly happy that the delegates found the course friendly and interesting highlighted by the comments below:”

“A friendly, knowledgeable and very interesting course that I would recommend to anyone.”

“Very friendly atmosphere throughout the course, very knowledgeable and helpful staff during practical.”

“Really enjoyed the course, excellently organised and learnt lots to take back to my laboratory.”

“A fantastic course, the human clinical case presentations were very interesting.”

 

Don Whitley Scientific arranged for the use of a Whitley A55 Anaerobic Workstation for the course.

 

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Anaerobes. Where to Start?

Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology

Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology

To a newcomer, the field of anaerobic research can seem intimidatingly vast. With so many varieties of anaerobes, and differing means of culturing them, you may find yourself wondering whether the method you are using is really the most efficient and cost-effective.

The first thing you need to consider is the type of anaerobe you are cultivating, whilst aerotolerant organisms and facultative anaerobes will not be harmed by a small amount of oxygen, obligate anaerobes require a completely oxygen-free environment.

We have recently produced a useful reference guide: An Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology which enables the reader to isolate and identify 12 commonly occurring and clinically important anaerobic bacteria.

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Did You Know: Whitley Workstations are Ethernet-enabled for Remote Access?

Have you ever wanted to check the status of your Whitley Workstation when you were away from the lab? Well now you can. Most of our new workstations are Ethernet-enabled so you can dial in and access the touch-screen control panel from the other side of the building, or even from the other side of the world. This allows you to check the current operating conditions of the workstation and, if activated, view any of the graphical screens. If necessary, you can then make changes to the parameters, i.e. temperature, humidity, O2 and CO2 levels from wherever, whenever!

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Did You Know: The A55 is a Dual Temperature Workstation?

Whilst the Whitley A55 Anaerobic Workstation’s large capacity allows two people to work side-by-side in the same environmental conditions, this workstation is unique in our range as it can also be supplied with a central partition to separate the workstation into two chambers. This permits the user to select different temperature/humidity combinations for each side of the workstation.

Can I transfer samples between the two chambers internally?
A manually operated, sliding door within the partition allows for convenient sample transfer between the chambers.

What is the maximum temperature differential that can be achieved in each chamber?
A maximum temperature differential of approximately 8˚C can be achieved between the two chambers.

Can I restrict who can adjust the environmental conditions?

There are security levels in place to restrict who is authorised to adjust temperature and humidity.

How can I check the relative humidity inside the chamber?
The relative humidity inside each chamber, expressed as a percentage, is always displayed on the main screen.

For more information please contact us directly.

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Did you know: How best to clean your workstation?

 

 

This is the 10th in our ‘Did you know’ series of articles introducing things you may not know about the Whitley range of products and services – read on and you may find out something about your workstation that could make your working life easier.

We regularly receive enquiries from customers with regard to which disinfectants can be safely used inside Whitley Workstations. Although it is not practicable to evaluate every available product, we have tested the materials compatibility of several sporicidal disinfectants and can now provide comprehensive advice on this topic.

 

 

How often should I clean my workstation?

DWS recommend that as part of the daily checks, users ensure that the workstation is free from spillage and cleaning carried out as necessary. Prior to having your workstation serviced, however, it may be necessary for it to be decontaminated.

Which disinfectants have DWS tested?

  • Spor-Klenz – peracetic acid (approx 0.1%) + hydrogen peroxide (approx 1.0%) – “ready to use” product, tested without further dilution.
  • Chemgene HLD4H – quaternary ammonium compounds (approx 1%) + chlorhexidine digluconate (approx 1%) – “ready to use” product, tested without further dilution.
  • Safe Hospital – hypochlorous acid – “ready to use” product, tested without further dilution.
  • Tristel Fuse – chlorine dioxide (approx 1%) – prepared from concentrated components according to manufacturer’s instructions.

For more information on these tests, please see the appendices of your Whitley Workstation user manual.

 

Which of the above products are OK for use in a Whitley Workstation?

Our tests demonstrated that each of these formulations is satisfactory for use in Whitley Workstations and will not cause any damage when used in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

 

What if I want to use a cleaning agent not on the above list?

Other disinfectants containing the active ingredients listed above, at similar concentrations to those shown, can also be safely used inside Whitley Workstations. If you wish to use a disinfectant containing active ingredients not listed here, please contact us for advice before proceeding.

 

Why should I contact DWS for advice – will any damage not be covered under my warranty?

Unfortunately, we cannot cover under the equipment’s warranty any damage caused to a Whitley Workstation as a result of exposure to products that have not been approved by us.

 

Can I use Virkon as my preferred sanitising solution?

After a thorough study lasting 20 weeks, we concluded that the presence of any uncovered containers of Virkon in anaerobic and variable atmosphere workstations leads to the degradation of stainless steel, brass and some other metal components. The effect is more considerable when oxygen is present in the selected gas mixture. These conclusions are supported by technical information available on the Virkon manufacturer’s website and independent observations by an Institute of Materials metallurgist. If Virkon is the preferred sanitising solution these adverse effects can be minimised by ensuring that Virkon within any workstation is always kept in a covered vessel when not in use.

 

OK, so what’s the best way to clean the acrylic parts of a Whitley Workstation?Labdet100 Blog

The transparent and/or white acrylic on the inside and outside of the Whitley Workstation System may be swabbed with a 2% solution of Labdet 100 (DWS – stock code D00003) in warm water and dried afterwards with a soft clean cloth. In the case of culture spillages then any of the disinfectants listed above solution should be applied to the spillage and left for 30 minutes. It should then be mopped.

 

Never use any solvent on the acrylic surfaces of the workstation. Use only water and a mild detergent solution (i.e. Labdet 100 2% solution) as a cleaning agent.

 

What if the spillage leaks underneath the floor of the workstation?

If spillage is not contained on the working surface then access underneath this area will be required in all Whitley Workstations except the DG250. Some workstations require the removal of retaining bolts before the floor can be lifted up or pivoted for cleaning underneath.

If liquid has been spilled upon the Anotox and catalyst sachets they should be removed, dried and/or replaced.

 

How can I deal with scratches on the acrylic plastic surface of my workstation?

Scratches may be removed by gently polishing the surface with ‘DURAGLIT WADDING’ followed by wiping with a soft clean cloth. Deep scratches may require the use of Wet and Dry abrasive paper used wet, followed by polishing with ‘DURAGLIT’ – seek advice from Don Whitley Scientific Limited or our authorised agents overseas.

 

How can I clean the sleeves on my workstation?Sleeve Kit-Components DYK Blog

The white sleeves used on all Whitley Workstations may require cleaning after periods of extended use. There are a number of options for cleaning and some recommendations listed below:

  • Wipe with a mild detergent
  • Wash or dry-clean with a detergent up to 75ºC
  • For disinfection use Sodium Hypochlorite (at no more than 1000ppm active Chlorine) or any of the disinfectants listed above
  • Do not use Biological or Phenolic based cleaners
  • Wash and dry completely before storage
  • Some surface wrinkling may occur.

 

If you have any remaining concerns about disinfectants for use in Whitley Workstations, please get in touch with our sales team:

Tel: 01274 595728

Or

Email: sales@dwscientific.co.uk