a culture of service…
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Hardy offers the complete line of antisera from Denka Seiken.
Antisera is used to identify, group, or type bacteria based on the slide agglutination technique.
the Denka catalog of all antisera.
the Denka Bacterial Handbook.
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The GramPRO 1
Hardy’s GramPRO 1 will rapidly stain your smears and get it right every time! Our patented technology judges the thickness of the smear and adjusts the decolorization step to perfection. Not only that, there are no messy clean-up or maintenance procedures. The GramPRO 1 will produce a perfect slide every time in about 4 minutes.
a brief video on GramPRO 1.
the brochure on all of Hardy’s automated stainers.
contact me to discuss automated slide stainers.
Hardy is proud to announce its new catalog of all culture media offerings.
This 85 page booklet contains descriptions of the 2,700 products that Hardy manufactures for the microbiologist.
the digital version.
an account rep contact me about a price quote.
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Fast and easy typing for Strep…
a short video showing how StrepPro can reliably speed up your Strep ID’s.
the brochure for StrepPRO.
your order for the kit.
all of Hardy’s rapid test kits.
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Kirby Bauer disks…
Hardy’s Kirby Bauer Diffusion Disks offer:
- Complete selection of common antibiotics
- “Last Disk” recognition to warn you to change to a new cartridge.
- Packagingin space-saving canisters with built-in desiccants.
- Compatibility with your BD disk dispenser
all our susceptibility products.
Test your ability to
raed tihs satenemt and ohtres…
In memory of…
Paul Schrekenberger, PhD
1947 ~ 2016
The world of microbiology has lost a dear and sweet friend. Paul Schreckenberger, PhD passed away suddenly on November 29th and will be greatly missed by microbiologists the world over.
One of the many activities for which Paul was known was his wonderfully informative and practical microbiology seminars that were sponsored by Hardy Diagnostics. All of us are forever indebted to Paul for the knowledge he so freely shared with the microbiology community.
Dr. Schreckenberger completed his basic training in Clinical Laboratory Science at…
Think about it…
* How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?
* The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons are suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends — if they’re okay…then it’s you.
* Why does a round pizza come in a square box?
* What disease did cured ham actually have?
* How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would
be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
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Wisdom to Ponder…
1744 – 1818
Wife of the second president (John Adams) of the US and mother of the sixth president (John Quincy Adams). Known for her quick wit and for being politically active; she was frequently consulted on matters of state.
“Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could.”
“If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind, whom should we serve?”
“If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”
“We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.”
“If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women.”
“Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and diligence. ”
“I’ve always felt that a person’s intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.”
“It’s never too late to get back on your feet though we won’t live forever. Make sure you accomplish what you were put here for.”
“My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.”
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New Year’s Resolution?
Mine is 1080p (1920 x 1080).
Online Ordering Made Easy!
a short video
to learn how easy it is
to order from Hardy on-line!
. Click. You’re Done!
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Did you know?
- Is celebrating its 36th year of serving microbiologists.
- Manufactures from three ISO certified factories; one in California, Ohio, and Texas.
- Is ISO 13485 certified for the manufacture of medical devices to give you confidence in our products.
- Services over 10,000 labs and maintains a worldwide network of over 65 distributors.
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“I’m not offended by blonde jokes
because I know I’m not dumb….
…and I also know that I’m not blonde.”
“Before you marry a person,
you should first make them
use a computer with slow internet service to see who they really are.”
attributed to Will Ferrell
“As Hardy Diagnostics
enters its 37th year of serving microbiologists in the laboratory, I would like to thank each of our customers for their support and loyalty. It truly has been a pleasure to serve you!
If there is any way we can improve or expand upon our service, would you please let me know?”
Jay Hardy, CLS, SM(NRCM)
Be on the lookout…
A new superbug?
In June of 2016, the CDC issued a clinical alert to US hospitals, announcing they had received reports from international healthcare facilities regarding a new multidrug-resistant strain of
This multidrug-resistant (MDR) yeast was reported in nine countries on four continents starting in 2009. Molecular typing performed by the CDC reports isolates are highly related within a country or region but highly distinct between continents. This MDR yeast is showing elevated MICs to all three major classes of antifungals, so treatment options are extremely limited.
Most commonly, this yeast is found in bloodstream, wound, and ear infections. It received its name due its affinity for the ear. It has also been isolated from respiratory and urine specimens.
It is often misidentified when using traditional biochemical methods, and thus requires specialized means for identification, such as molecular sequencing or MALDI-TOF.
C. auris resembles
The first known case was isolated from a patient in Japan in 2009. Cases outside the U.S. show a high potential for outbreak in healthcare facilities.
In the US, four states have been affected so far. New York (20), Illinois (2), Maryland (1), and New Jersey (1) all had instances of infection in patients with serious underlying medical conditions who had been hospitalized an average of 18 days before the
was identified. Worldwide, 60% of the patients have died; however, it is unclear if the deaths were due to the infection or their underlying conditions.
It has been suggested that
C. auris may persist in the environment, so daily and terminal cleaning and disinfection of these rooms with an EPA-registered hospital grade disinfectant with an antifungal claim is recommended.
So far, none of the MDR strains found in the US have been resistant to all three major classes of antifungal medications, as the international strains are. At this time, most
C. auris infections are treatable with the echinocandins class of antifungals (such as caspofungin).
is not the only
spp. causing trouble. Approximately 7% of all the
spp. bloodstream isolates tested at the CDC are now resistant to fluconazole. Most of these isolates are
, 14% of which show resistance. Resistance of
to echinocandins is also on the rise with 3-5% of isolates showing resistance.
isolates and other isolates that cannot be identified beyond Candida
spp. should be forwarded through state public health laboratories to the CDC for further characterization. C. auris
isolates should be reported to state or local health departments and the CDC thorough their email address: [email protected]
For more information, the CDC has provided a question and answer page on their website.
More CDC information.
Technical Support Associate
For environmental monitoring . . .
Hardy announces a new medium for the detection of
Clostridium difficile bacteria and spores. This new medium is capable of saving hospitals many thousands of dollars. It is useful in monitoring the effectiveness of cleaning procedures used in patient rooms. This is the first and only culture medium that is designed for the detection of
and its spores on surfaces in a hospital setting. The specificity was found to be 100% in a recent study (see reference below). No special equipment or anaerobic supplies are needed! Obtain results in as little as 24 hours!
View a short video explaining how C diff Banana Broth can save your hospital many thousands of dollars!
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Competition hosted by Nikon
Selected 2016 Winners
Second Place winner shows a predatory ciliate at 200X.
Third place winner shows mold growing in culture.
Honorable Mention winner shows a
Rotifer with tentacles.
Honorable Mention winner shows algae cells.
a new chromogenic medium….
Hardy Diagnostics is pleased to inform our customers that HardyCHROM ESBL (Cat No. G321) has recently received clearance from the FDA.
ESBL E. coli on the new HardyCHROM ESBL Agar plate.
ESBL Klebsiella pneumoniae on HardyCHROM ESBL.
HardyCHROM ESBL serves as a selective and differential chromogenic medium containing a broad-spectrum beta-lactam intended for the qualitative and presumptive detection of
K. oxytoca, and
that produce an extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL). In addition, it tests for Enterobacteriaceae that are potentially non-susceptible to broad-spectrum cephalosporins.
This chromogenic medium is to be used with fecal specimens and is intended as an aid in the detection, identification of colonization, and control of these bacteria in a healthcare setting.
Subculture to non-selective media is required for confirming identification, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, and epidemiological typing.
Hardy is the only media manufacturer to offer a selective medium to detect ESBLs. To try a sample of HardyCHROM ESBL in your lab, inquire about HardyCHROM ESBL with your Sales Rep today!
of Hardy’s Chromogenic Media.
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Two heads are better than one!
Now with Bluetooth capability!
Trio Bas from Orum International has a robust impact air sampler for every type of use. Single, double, or triple heads are available from Hardy Diagnostics.
for brighter, more distinct color reactions.
all chromogenic media.
Let us find your Happy Medium!
I think Santa has riverfront property in Brazil. All our presents came from Amazon this year.
I once heard a joke about amnesia, but I forgot how it goes.
The butcher backed up into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.
A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.
Some things are
better left unsaid…
Seems that I always realize that after I’ve said it!