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Ion AmpliSeq SARS-CoV-2 Insight Research Assay GX on the Genexus Integrated Sequencer
The Ion AmpliSeq SARS-CoV-2 Insight Research Assay GX is a next-generation sequencing (NGS) assay that is quick, accurate, and comprehensive, enabling research and surveillance of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and variants through complete genome sequencing. The intelligent assay design includes new primers that broaden the coverage for variants of concern and increase the sensitivity of the assay for improved detection from lower viral titer samples.
Features include greater than 99% coverage of the SARS‑CoV‑2 genome, covering all potential serotypes; samples with cycle threshold values greater than 28 can be used for preparing libraries, SARS‑CoV‑2 variant announcing, lineage identification, and reporting with Genexus software.
The assay helps broaden NGS epidemiological surveillance to cover emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants through panel design improvements. It also has an improved limit of detection from various sample types due to increased sensitivity. It enables greater access to NGS to rapidly obtain epidemiological insights with quick turnaround time, workflow automation, smooth informatics, lineage identification, and data uploading to public SARS-CoV-2 data sources for viral surveillance.
The Ion AmpliSeq SARS-CoV-2 Insight Research Assay GX should be stored in the freezer (–5 °C to –30 °C) and is compatible with Genexus Software 6.2 and later.
Purell CS4 All-Weather Dispensing System
Purell CS4 All-Weather Dispensing System is a hand hygiene dispenser that performs in extreme weather and high-traffic settings. Traditional dispensing solutions are commonly designed for indoor settings, but this innovative dispenser enables commercial and municipal buyers to offer hand sanitizer and hand soap in outdoor or high-traffic areas.
The Purell CS4 All-Weather Dispensing System is made of engineered resin that is more than 3 times stronger than materials used in most other dispensers. Its advanced design is water resistant to help keep the rain out and prevent vandalism or refill theft, and its special graphite paint makes the dispenser resistant to UV fading to preserve its performance and appearance in a wide range of extreme conditions and temperatures—from –40 °F to 122 °F.
“With more than 80% of the public now expecting hand sanitizer to be offered in public places, access to hand hygiene is more important than ever before, so we must offer reliable Purell dispensing options suitable for any environment,” said Jessica McCoy, chief solutions officer at GOJO Industries, in a news release. “The addition of this groundbreaking dispenser means Purell hand sanitizer or soap can now be offered in any location. The Purell CS4 All-Weather Dispensing System underwent over 5400 hours of internal, third-party, and live field testing.”
Sereneview Custom Curtains
Sereneview Custom Curtains feature striking landscape photography printed directly on the curtain facing the patient, drawing the viewer into the photograph to encourage a tranquil state of mind, which, according to the company, releases serotonin and reduces blood pressure and stress without having to medicate a patient during observation or painful procedures. Patients remember remote details when asked about their recent visit. In addition, studies have shown that staff is more engaged and efficient working in a clean and nurturing environment.
Medical team also appreciate the Armor finish that includes AEGIS Shield antimicrobial, which has been tested and proven to repel methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus,Clostridioides difficile, severe acute respiratory syndrome, bacteria, mold, and most microorganisms within 1 hour of contact. Armor finish also has a stain guard that resists bodily fluids, betadine, oil, grease, dirt, and ink pen marks from becoming permanent stains. A stain guard combined with AEGIS Microbe Shield system provides antibacterial properties, an additional level of protection for patients and staff. Even after the stains have dried, they will wipe clean with a typical nonbleach cleaner without having to remove the curtains, reducing laundering frequency, saving time, reducing laundry costs, and extending the functional life of the curtain.
Sereneview Custom Curtains are available as hospital curtains, overheads, and wall treatments.