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November, 2016

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The GramPRO 1

Gram Stains…
Consistent 
and Fast
  
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.

  

Find out more about the GramPRO 1.

Watch a brief video on GramPRO 1.

View the brochure on all of Hardy’s automated stainers.

Please contact me to discuss automated slide stainers.

Pre-filled and ready to go…

Dilu-Loks

Dilu-Lok  
Hardy’s Dilu-loks are pre-filled dilution blanks that save you the headache of making your own. The flip-lid makes it easy to open with one hand while you pipette with the other.

Available formulas include:
  • Butterfield’s Buffer
  • Phosphate Buffer with MgCl
  • Buffered Peptone Water
  • Sterile water

Request for your sales rep to contact you for more info and pricing.



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Hot off the press…

New Culture Media Catalog


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.
View the digital version.
Send me the paper version.
Please have an account rep contact me about a price quote.

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Food and beverage micro..

Food 
Microbiology
 


Hardy has a wide selection of products for the food and beverage microbiologist.
Let us show you some of our products that will save you time and money!
Watch a short video explaining the benefits of teaming up with Hardy Diagnostics!
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All formats available…

Control 
Organisms


Hardy offers a complete selection of microorganisms for your QC program. These MBL organisms are licensed derivatives from ATCC. They are available in the swab or pellet format; qualitative or quantitative. Order from Hardy for immediate service and delivery.
Watch a short video about Kwik-Stiks.
View the entire microorganism catalog online.
Request a paper catalog.

The MBL EZ-AccuShot offers quantified bacteria for your Growth Promotion Studies.

  

Brainteasers 

 

Brain

  

Try out Part III of the numbers game…
You should be good at this by now!

Think about it…
    
The Thinker

 

 
* Why are they called apartments when they’re all stuck together? 

* Why do banks charge you a “non-sufficient funds fee” on money they already know you don’t have?

* If the universe is everything, and scientists say that the universe is expanding, what is it expanding into?

* If you got into a taxi and the driver started driving backward, would the taxi driver end up owing you money? 

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Wisdom to Ponder…


  
Steve Wozniak

American inventor, electronics engineer, programmer, and technology entrepreneur who co-founded Apple Inc. He is known as a pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, along with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
 
“Everything we did, we were setting the tone for the world.”

“In some parts of life, like mathematics and science, yeah, I was a genius. I would top all the top scores you could ever measure it by.”
 
“Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window.”
 
“Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked.”

“My goal wasn’t to make a ton of money. It was to build good computers.”

“Steve Jobs didn’t really set the direction of my Apple I and Apple II designs but he did the more important part of turning them into a product that would change the world. I don’t deny that.”
 
“At our computer club, we talked about it being a revolution. Computers were going to belong to everyone, and give us power, and free us from the people who owned computers and all that stuff.”
 
“I wish to God that Apple and Google were partners in the future.


Wozniak’s Apple I computer mounted in a brief case. It was basically a circuit board containing over 60 chips that sported 4 KB of memory. The user had to add a keyboard, power supply, and TV monitor. It was released in 1976 after Steve Jobs sold his VW minibus for a few hundred dollars in order to finance the venture, which began in Jobs’ garage. The Steves made 200 units and sold them for $666.66 each.
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“I will never be an old man. 
To me, old age is always 15 years older 
than I am.” 

Francis Bacon
~Francis Bacon~

   

  

Online Ordering Made Easy! 

  

Online ordering
Watch a short video
to learn how easy it is
to order from Hardy on-line!

Pick. Click. You’re Done!

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Did you know? 

 
 
Hardy Diagnostics…
  • 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.
  • Is a 100% Employee-Owned company. “If we act like we own the place…it’s because we do!”
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A sports columnist likes to tell the story of a flight attendant who asked Muhammad Ali to fasten his seat belt. 

Ali replied, “Superman don’t need no seat belt.” 

The flight attendant’s retort: 

Superman don’t need no airplane either!

   

My dog used to chase people 
on a bike a lot. 
It got so bad, 
I had to take his bike away.
 

“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?”

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President
HARDY DIAGNOSTICS
Micro Musings…

 “Our wish is to be genetically modified 
to taste like Brussels sprouts.”

For environmental monitoring . . .
C diff
Banana Broth 

 
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 

C. difficile 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!



Request a sample for your evaluation.

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C diff Facts 


* Every year about 500,000 Americans suffer from a C. difficile infection. 150,000 of those cases were community acquired.
* 100,000 of those will come from a nursing home.
* 29,000 patients die within 30 days of diagnosis. 80% of those will be 65 years old or older.
* C. difficile is responsible for $4.8 billion annually in excess costs within the hospital. 
* One out of every five patients that have been diagnosed will suffer from a recurrence after treatment.
* Half of all hospitalized patients will receive an antibiotic during their stay; but 30 to 40% of the time, these drugs are unnecessary or incorrect. 
* The antibiotics that most often lead to C. difficile infections include fluoroquinolones, cephalosporins, penicillins, and clindamycin.
* C. difficile is the most expensive of all Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI). A typical case costs upwards of $15,000 to treat.
* C. difficile spores can remain viable on surfaces for months. Proper cleaning and hand washing are imperative.

Electron micrograph showing a C. difficle spore.


Hardy announces 
a new chromogenic medium….
HardyCHROM ESBL
 

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. pneumoniae, K. oxytoca, and E. coli 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!

Find more information  on HardyCHROM ESBL.

Request for samples for evaluation.

See all of Hardy’s Chromogenic Media.

 

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Trio Bas
Air Samplers
 
Three 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. 
Watch a short video that will explain the Trio Bas is the best choice for your clean room.
air samplers.
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Optical oddities… 

   

You should be able to find 
five faces within this bouquet.

  “Believe half of what you see

and none of what you hear.”

 ~ Benjamin Franklin ~    

Superbugs 
Emerging 
from the Sewer?_______________________________
Antimicrobial Resistance Developing in Wastewater Treatment Plants



In March 2016, the LA Times presented the idea that multi-drug resistant organisms and antibiotic resistant genes could potentially be dumped from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) into the Pacific Ocean not far from the beaches that we enjoy year round. From their findings, it was reported that genes from highly resistant hospital acquired organisms were found in both the sewage lines that were leaving nearby hospitals and in the influent wastewater reservoirs at local water treatment facilities. 
Wastewater treatment plants have many guidelines in place to ensure that effluent water is processed sufficiently before being released back into the environment. Steps like chlorine treatment, the addition of activated carbon, membrane filtration, and advanced oxidation processes ensure that the water does not contain an excessive number of potentially harmful bacteria. However, if an organism is able to survive these preventive steps, the WWTP reservoirs are an ideal location for previously susceptible strains to become resistant: they could mutate on their own in response to one of the many antibiotics present in the wastewater or through horizontal gene transfer of antibiotic resistance genes (via plasmids). For example, in 2015, at a rural Louisiana wastewater treatment facility, a previously susceptible strain of Staphylococcus aureus was found to have taken up the mecA gene, transforming the naive gram positive organism into MRSA, or “superbug” as the popular press call it.
Wastewater is not only composed of organic compounds and bacteria but also contains a shocking amount of chemicals and antibiotics. These compounds were likely used for environmental purposes, administered to hospital patients, or were disposed of incorrectly by the community. Eventually these antibiotics wind up in wastewater treatment facilities or worse – in our rivers, lakes, and oceans. For this reason, the threat of emerging antimicrobial resistance should not be taken lightly. 
 
Living in a country with a trustworthy infrastructure and regulatory agencies like the U.S. EPA presumably makes it easier not to worry about water pollutants directly affecting our families and friends. However, this seemingly microscopic dilemma of antimicrobial resistance is not only restricted to hospital settings, but rather, is a growing environmental threat to us all.   


By Rebecca Cage, B.S.
Research & Development Microbiologist

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HardyCHROM MRSA
HC MRSA plate
for brighter, more distinct color reactions.
Learn more…
Purchase now from our online catalog.
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