Status of the Coronavirus and its Reach

Status of the Coronavirus and its Reach

Worldwide, more than 70,000 cases of the new coronavirus have been reported and more than 1,700 people — the vast majority of them in mainland China — have died of COVID-19.

The Diamond Princess Cruise Ship has been under Japan-ordered quarantine since Feb. 5, after a passenger who had disembarked earlier tested positive for the virus in Hong Kong. Fourteen U.S. passengers were evacuated from the cruise ship in Japan and flown to military bases in California and Texas have tested positive for the new coronavirus, U.S. officials confirm. An additional 44 Americans from the Diamond Princess ship who tested positive for coronavirus will stay in Japan while they recover. Some have been hospitalized, but not all who are infected are sick.

Doctors in five U.S. cities will begin testing patients with flu-like symptoms for the new coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The coronavirus test will only be given to patients who test negative for the flu. So far, the testing protocol will be implemented in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle, though more cities will be added. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said the increased testing is part of an effort to determine whether the virus is spreading in communities across the U.S. “The results would be an early warning signal to trigger a change in our response strategy,” she said.

We have experienced an enormous increase in demand for masks, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, gowns and many other infection control products as health facilities and laboratories attempt to prepare for further impact of this virus. Currently, masks are the primary product impacted. We are not taking orders for masks unless product is readily available. Your orders remain non-cancellable and non-returnable for all impacted product categories. We are working with our manufacturing partners to secure product for you.

Product categories include: N95 masks, regular earloop masks, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, thermometers, isolation gowns, gloves and other infection control categories.

We will keep you posted on changes in product availability.


Blood Culture is Critical in Detecting and Treating Sepsis

Blood Culture is Critical in Detecting and Treating Sepsis

Globally, an estimated 31.5 million cases of sepsis are diagnosed each year, with an estimated 5.3 million deaths. Sepsis is a life threatening condition caused by the body’s response to an infection, resulting in organ dysfunction and failure. The right diagnosis of sepsis begins in the preanalytical phase with blood culture sample collection. Good sample collection minimizes risk of contamination and ensures that sufficient blood volume is collected.

Sufficient blood volume is one of the crucial determinants for accurate detection of organisms causing infection. The BD Vacutainer UltraTouch™ Push Button Blood Collection Set incorporates BD RightGauge™ Ultra-Thin Wall Cannula Technology, which:

  1. Allows greater sample fill volume to be collected in blood culture bottles8
  2. Improves blood flow rates
  3. Provides a larger inner diameter while maintaining a set outer diameter 

Along with the Push Button Blood Collection Set, BD ChloraPrep™ skin prep and BD BACTEC™ blood culture bottles help to complete a collection process with optimized and sufficient blood sample, and decreased contamination.

CLICK HERE for further information on detecting and treating sepsis with this line of BD products.


Item# Description UOM 
BEC 367365 21 G x 0.75” needle with 12” tubing and luer adapter 200/Case
BEC 367364 23 G x 0.75” needle with 12” tubing and luer adapter 200/Case
BEC 367363 25 G x 0.75” needle with 12” tubing and luer adapter 200/Case
BEC 364815 BD Vacutainer® One Use Holder 250/Bag

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