Assessment of ancillary equipment used for preparing biological samples for detection and identification

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Authors
  1. Garrecht, B.
  2. Hayward, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Suffield Research Centre, Ralston AB (CAN)
Abstract
A biological threat identification capability that can be utilized on expeditionary missions requires numerous pieces of ancillary equipment in addition to specialized identification equipment. Ancillary equipment must be sourced to meet logistical, operational, and functional parameters. Centrifuges must be capable of spinning at the required speed, at the required temperature and for the required amount of time. Incubators/coolers must be capable of reaching the required temperature set points, and able to boil or freeze samples if required. For a mobile lab capability, the selection becomes more critical as the size, weight, and power requirements of the equipment become more restrictive. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a random subset of commercial coolers, heaters, shakers, vortexers and microcentrifuges on the bench and inside a Rapid Containment Kit (RCK) as potential options to inform future procurement for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF); both general specifications and functionality were evaluated.

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Keywords
Ancillary Equipment;Laboratory;Biological identification
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2017-R157 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Jan 2018
Number of Pages
31
DSTKIM No
CA045613
CANDIS No
806039
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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