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February, 2011

Tough Bugs to ID?

Hardy has some rapid tests to help out . . .



Save time and money by using simple test methods. Let Hardy’s rapid test kits help you with organisms that are difficult to identify. Click on the organism below and view the technical insert. Pleasecontact usif you have further  questions.


Candida albicans

Candida glabrata

Candida glabrata

Candida krusei

Candida tropicalis

Clostridium difficile


Corynebacterium jeikeium



Cryptococcus gattii

E. coli

E. coliO157

Enterococcus faecalis

Enterococcus gallinarum

Enterococcus casseliflavus

Enterobacter sakazakii

Gardnerella vaginalis

Gardnerella vaginalis




Helicobacter pylori



Moraxella catarrhalis






Peptostreptococcus anaerobius



Salmonella and Shigella

Staphylococcus aureus

Staphylococcus aureus

Staphylococcus aureus

Staphylococcus lugdunensis

Staphylococcus saprophyticus

Streptococcus agalactiae(Gr B)

Streptococcus anginosis(milleri)

Streptococcus pyogenes(Gr A)

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Streptococcus pneumoniae


Let Hardy assist

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Take the “Who Said It?” challenge

Part 2

Enter here

Hospitals Being Coerced into Disclosing Infection Rates

May lose partial Medicare funding if they refuse

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Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s)

are the most common complication of hospital care and are listed among the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. It is estimated that each year there are more than 1.7 million infections, 99,000 deaths, and $3.1 billion dollars in excess health-care costs in acute-care hospitals alone.

The vision of the federal government’s HAI reporting program is to significantly reduce these infections in the coming years. Of particular concern are septicemias caused by improperly handled catheters. Nearly 250,000 septicemias occur each year in U.S. hospitals due to catheters, and they contribute to roughly 31,000 patient deaths annually. Recent research shows that most all of these deadly blood infections can be prevented by implementing safety measures by hospital staff.

The new federal HAI reporting program, which began this year, is technically voluntary. However, if any of the nations 4,300 acute-care hospitals don’t comply, they would lose two percent of their Medicare funding beginning in 2013.

It is hoped that the new measures will focus more attention on hospital infection control, shorten the average length of patient hospitalization, and ultimately save lives.

For testing of environmental surfaces for MRSA seeHardyCHROM MRSA agar plate.

Getting Real

Can you match the real names

to the following celebritystage names?

.Tom Cruise

1. Tom Cruise

2. Pee Wee Herman

3. Tiger Woods

4. Michael Caine

5. Tom Jones

6. Sting

A. Thomas Woodward

B. Thomas Mapother IV

C. Paul Reubenfeld

D. Eldrick Woods

E. Maurice Micklewhite

F. Gordon Sumner


1.B; 2. C; 3. D; 4. E; 5. A; 6.F

Think about it…

The Thinker
  • Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
  • If a turtle loses its shell, is it naked or homeless?
  • Why don’t psychics predict the winning lottery numbers and retire?
  • What happens if you drive at the speed of light and turn your head lights on?
  • Why is abbreviation such a long word?





Lady Nancy Astor:

“If I had a husband like you, I’d give him poison!”

Winston Churchill:

Madam, If I had a wife like you I’d take it.”

Foot in

Mouth Disease

William Stewart

“The war against infectious diseases has been won.”

“It is time to close the book on infectious disease.”

~ Dr. William Stewart ~

Surgeon General of the United States

1965 to 1969

Gloating over the apparent victory over measles and smallpox in 1967; oblivious to looming epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and resistant bacteria.


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Micro Musings..

Feb 2011 cartoon

Organ transplant

Infection Risks with
Organ Transplants

Learnabout amebic infections

that can be transferred as a result of transplantation surgery.

Article by Joe DiPersio, PhD

Seeing is Believing?

Feb 2011 trianglesSo where did this “hole

come from?

The bottom triangle is made up of the exact same shapes as the top triangle, just rearranged. The overall shape and size of the two triangles are identical. So where did the white “hole” come from?


“Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”

Hardy introduces…


HC SS - Shigella

Shigella sonneion HardyCHROM SS

HC SS - Salmonella

Salmonella entericaon HardyCHROM SS

The most important breakthrough in SS stool screening since HE Agar!…no wait…it’s better than HE Agar… Here’s why:

  • A highly selective chromogenic medium for the primary screening of stools for the isolation and differentiation ofbothSalmonellaandShigellaspp.
  • Non-pathogenic organisms are easily ruled out based on colony color.
  • Reduces costly false positive work-ups.
  • Less colony picking, sub-culturing, and identifications needed.
  • Reduces the number of plates for primary stool setup.
  • Increases specificity.
  • Effectively rules out mostProteusspp.
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  • Competitive pricing, quality products, with exceptional service and support.
  • Utilizes a patented chromogen – a Hardy Diagnostics exclusive.
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From the

MicrobiologyHall of Fame. . .

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Fanny Hesse

Researcher in Robert Koch’s Lab.

Discovered the use of agar in culture media.

In 1874, Fanny Angelina Eilshemius, an American from New York, married Walter Hesse, a German physician, who later went to work in Robert Koch’s microbiology lab in Berlin.

Walter became frustrated by their inability to effectively grow and isolate bacterial colonies. They tried using gelatin as a gelling agent, but many species of bacteria digest and liquefy gelatin. What’s more, the gelatin tended to melt in the hot summer months. They also tried growing bacteria on slices of potato, but this did not support the growth of many bacterial species.

Fanny finally solved the problem by suggesting that they useagarfrom seaweed. Fanny was familiar with the use of agar in her jams and jellies, which she learned from one of her Dutch neighbors who had previously lived in Java (Indonesia).

Fanny’s suggestion, made in 1881, turned out to be very successful, and helped Koch and his researchers discover the causative agent for 21 different diseases within 21 years!

In Koch’s lab, Fanny continued with her research and was noted for her excellent illustrations of the organisms she observed under the microscope.

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Wisdom to ponder…

Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi

Led the Green Bay Packers
to five NFL championships

1913 ~ 1970

“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.”

“If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?”

“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.”

“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”

“Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.”

“The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.”

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

“We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.”



Rubes Feb 2011Find more of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor.

Advice from the Founders…

Sam Adams

“It does not take a majority to prevail…

but rather an irate, tireless minority,

keen on setting brushfires of freedom

in the minds of men.”

Samuel Adams

American statesman, founding father,

and political philosopher

1722 ~ 1803

.Rene Descartes

“Common sense

is the most widely shared

commodity in the world,

for every man is convinced

that he is well supplied with it.”

Rene Decartes

French philosopher

1596 ~ 1650