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Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology

Free Guide to Clinical Anaerobes

Need to identify clinical anaerobes?

Would a free guide be of use to you?

An Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology is a unique guide that enables readers to isolate and identify 12 commonly occurring clinically important anaerobic bacteria. It consists of 60 pages and is illustrated with stunningly detailed colour photographs and attractive reference tables.

Designed to fill a gap in the practical reference materials currently available to support clinical laboratory practice for microbiologists, the publication was written by Professor Michael W D Wren, MBE FIBMS, former consultant Biomedical Scientist in the microbiology department, University College Hospital, and visiting Professor at The University of Westminster. With a foreword by Professor Brian Duerden, Emeritus Professor of Medical Microbiology at Cardiff University and input from Dr Don Whitley, Chairman and founder of Don Whitley Scientific Limited, considerable expert knowledge has been combined to make this the most up-to-date reference guide for the modern clinical laboratory.

Images were kindly supplied by the Anaerobe Reference Unit, Cardiff.

For a limited time only (until stocks last) we are offering a free copy of this publication to those who would find it useful in their work. To apply for your free copy, please contact us at sales@dwscientific.co.uk or complete our online contact form. This offer is only available to customers in the UK.

The publication is also available to purchase as a spiral bound edition, printed on waterproof, tear-resistant synthetic paper to withstand regular use at the bench. For more information, please see our website or contact us on sales@dwscientific.co.uk.

 

Stephanie Cumberworth with Dr Andrew Pridmore

University of Leeds Microbiology Poster Prizes

Andrew Pridmore, Head of Microbiology at Don Whitley Scientific, visited the University of Leeds on 7th May 2015 to present prizes to undergraduate students on the “Microbiology”, “Medical Microbiology” and “Microbiology in relation to Medicine” BSc degree courses.

The prizes are awarded each year for poster presentations of the students’ final year research projects.  These are divided into two categories – laboratory projects and literature review projects.

The winners this year were as follows:

 

 

 

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2 Day Anaerobe Course

The Society for Anaerobic Microbiology is presenting a 2 day residential course, sponsored by Don Whitley Scientific and delivered by The UK Anaerobe Reference Unit, Public Health Wales, Cardiff 25-26 June 2015.  

Is it time to refresh your knowledge on the culturing, identification and clinical importance of anaerobes?

Are your staff wanting to learn from experts about the latest technologies and techniques?

Book now – ONLY 1 PLACE REMAINING (as of 29/04/15)

Cost: £350 +VAT (£330 +VAT for SAM members) which includes:
One night accommodation at the Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff and all meals and refreshments plus dinner on 25th June.

– IBMS & RCPath CPD accreditation applied for

– Invaluable preparation for FRCPath

Aims of the course:

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

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

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

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

Speakers include:

Trefor Morris, Lead Scientist, UKARU
Dr Sheila Patrick, Chair, Society for Anaerobic Microbiology

For more information and a detailed programme, please visit the Don Whitley Scientific website – www.dwscientific.co.uk/practicalmicrobiologycourse/

To reserve your place on this course, please contact:

Deborah Robinson at Don Whitley Scientific Limited on 01274 595728 / sales@dwscientific.co.uk.
Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Payment accepted by cheque (please make payable to Don Whitley Scientific Limited) and Visa or Mastercard.

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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Whitley H35 Hypoxystation

Workstation Users Could be Entitled to £250

Do you use a Whitley Workstation? You could be entitled to £250.

Our travel grant scheme has now been extended to cover the use of any Whitley Workstation or Hypoxystation. If you have used a Whitley Workstation and cited its use on your poster or published paper, contact us and you could be eligible for a grant of £250.

Various grants are available for those mentioning the use of any Whitley Workstation or Hypoxystation in a published paper or a poster they are going to present. In return, Don Whitley Scientific will ask for a copy of the paper/poster so we can promote the featured range to others.

If we are exhibiting at the event you are presenting your poster at, we can provide copies to everyone who visit’s our stand, if this is something you would like.

To apply for this grant, please send a copy of your poster or paper along with your contact details to Steve_Robertson@dwscientific.co.uk. If you are presenting a poster, don’t forget to let us know the title of the event and the date you will be making your presentation.

Laboratory Standard Shot DYK Blog

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

 

Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology

Practical Guide to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology

Eighteen months ago, Don Whitley Scientific played an integral role in producing An Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology. This unique guide is being very well-received by scientists in laboratories nationwide. It enables the reader to isolate and identify 12 commonly occurring clinically important anaerobic bacteria. It contains 60 pages printed on waterproof, tear-resistant synthetic paper to withstand regular use at the bench and is illustrated with stunningly detailed colour photographs and attractive reference tables.

Designed to fill a gap in the practical reference materials currently available to support clinical laboratory practice for microbiologists, the publication was written by Professor Michael W D Wren, MBE FIBMS, former consultant Biomedical Scientist in the microbiology department, University College Hospital, and visiting Professor at The University of Westminster. With a foreword by Professor Brian Duerden, Emeritus Professor of Medical Microbiology at Cardiff University and input from Dr Don Whitley, Chairman and founder of Don Whitley Scientific Limited, considerable expert knowledge has been combined to make this the most up-to-date reference guide for the modern clinical laboratory.

Images were kindly supplied by the Anaerobe Reference Unit, Cardiff.

For further information, or to order your copy, please contact us at sales@dwscientific.co.uk or call us on 01274 595728.

 

Anaerobic Reference Guide Book

Practical Guide to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology Launched

Anaerobic microbiology specialist, Don Whitley Scientific (DWS) has launched  a new publication ‘An Introduction to Clinical Anaerobic Bacteriology. This guide enables the reader to isolate and identify 12 commonly occurring clinically important anaerobic bacteria. It contains 60 pages printed on waterproof, tear-resistant synthetic paper to withstand regular use at the bench and is illustrated with stunningly detailed colour photographs and attractive reference tables.

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