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|The German Red Cross Institute in Frankfurt has successfully validated Tecan’s Te-PoolSafe liquid arrival check system on its Tecan liquid handling workstations to bring an even higher level of safety to its screening techniques. Scientists at the Institute are using three Tecan workstations for high throughput PCR-based methods they have developed to screen thousands of donor blood samples for a number of viruses.|
Dr Kai Hourfar, deputy of the Blood Donor Screening Laboratory, said: “Since 1997, we have successfully pooled and tested well over 5,000,000 donations at the Red Cross Institute but any additional safety measures are always welcomed. It is becoming increasingly important for diagnostics laboratories to demonstrate effective safety measures and the Te-PoolSafe provides valuable documentation to show that all blood pooling steps have been accurately performed.”
Tecan’s Te-PoolSafe module is based on weight measurement and uses a very fast and sensitive balance to monitor and evaluate the performance of pipetting during pooling. The Te-PoolSafe, which is compatible with Tecan liquid handling workstations, identifies inaccurately dispensed samples so that they can be re-pipetted and ensures full sample traceability.
The Te-PoolSafe option is currently not available for sales in the USA and Canada. Contact your local sales office for specific information.
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