10 tips to use Doctor’s centrifuges safely

Doctor's centrifuges

Doctor Centrifuge is a very common laboratory equipment, in addition to which it is also a vital piece of research equipment. This device operates at a very high speed, and it is for this reason that it is effective in separating the material based on density. This same high speed can also be a hazard at times, resulting in aerosol creation to equipment instability and failure. In case the centrifuge tube breaks inside the rotor, Aerosols is created inside the centrifuge. There are several other hazards like the instability within the equipment due the unbalanced rotor can be quite hazardous at those high operating speeds and cause injury and damage in a laboratory.

Thus it becomes very important to use the Centrifuge device safely since if the rotor does fail due to excessive mechanical stress caused at high rotational speed this can also result in flying metal fragments that can very easily injure the laboratory operator and damage the laboratory itself. Here are a few tips that should ideally be followed:

  • Make sure that the centrifuge bowls and tubes are dry prior to use, this is in fact quite important as well.
    Another factor to consider, especially when having multiple centrifuge devices is to match the set of tubes, buckets and other equipment to make sure they are of the correct specification.
  • Any material used along with the centrifuge should first be inspected thoroughly. For example the sample tubes should be inspected prior to use and if you notice a crack of some kind it should not be used under any circumstances.
    It is a good idea to make use of the centrifuge safety cups provided to prevent aerosol spills of potentially infectious materials.
  • There may be situations when a spill may occur and the sample tube material is infectious. In such a case it is advisable to wait for 10 minutes after the rotor has stopped before opening the lid of the centrifuge.
  • Over filling the samples tubes can also be one of the reasons for spills within the centrifuge device and thus it is best to avoid that.
  • Make sure the surface the centrifuge is placed on is flat and even so that there are no vibrations when the device is in use.
    In the case where you do notice some wobbling or shaking of the centrifuge while it is operational, it is necessary to pull the plug immediately. Failing to do so can damage the device and even cause injury.
  • One thing that the laboratory operator should always remember is to take special use while preparing the Centrifuge for use. The number of tubes in the rotor should always be even in order to balance the rotor. As an example if the sample being used in the centrifuge is of 15ml then a 15ml tube of water should b placed in the opposite section to balance the rotor. The density of the sample also needs to be taken into consideration. Thus the total mass of the tubes on both the sides should be similar. This is important since the centrifuge spins at a very high speed and any imbalance case permanently damage the centrifuge and has also the potential to cause injury to the operator.
  • It is important to follow the practice of correctly labelling the samples present in the laboratory. Though this does not affect the centrifuge directly since the centrifuge doesn’t really care for the labels, it is quite helpful within the laboratory itself. By labelling the tubes, the laboratory personnel are always aware of the contents of the tube and thus it is hard to mistake it for something else. In the case where the sample tube does contain a hazardous substance, the laboratory personnel will not be in the dark about the content and thus can handle the tube in an appropriate manner.

Conclusion:

Thus it is very easy for things to go wrong even when using a relatively simple device like a centrifuge. Thus ideally it is safe for only proper and trained laboratory technicians to use this device. But even the technicians do over look some of the basic safety features at times and pay the price. The tips mentioned here are very useful for preventing such incidents from happening. This is a fairly big list of important points to keep in mind while using a centrifuge device though not the complete list of factors. For example it is also not advisable to open the lid of the rotor whilst it is motion and it is also a good practice to wear safety goggles while working with a centrifuge device. However the main safety issues have been mentioned here and should always be taken into consideration while using a centrifuge device.

Neuation is one company all but aware of the importance of safety in Centrifuges. They have a wide range Centrifuges devices that have many different functions available as per the needs of the institutes. One thing that Neuation makes sure of is that their devices work well at high speeds and that they are also safe. They lay extra stress on the safety features of the devices. The Centrifuge iFuge M18P made by Neuation possesses a maximum speed of 15000 (RPM) that is up to 18363 x g being an optimal device for several different laboratory tests.

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Use of Centrifuge

A centrifuge is used in clinical laboratories extensively. It is essential for the process of separating solids from a liquid suspension. The solids can be of many different types like insoluble cell organelles, compounds or even biomolecules. Centrifugal force is instrumental in analyzing the blood samples and substances of different densities. There are many different kinds of lab centrifuge devices with varying level of technologies to meet the increasing demand for the device.

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It is essential to have a centrifuge device in a clinical laboratory as well as large medical facilities (even small for that matter). They are used for separating substances of varying densities and also for removing chylomicrons. In addition to which they are certain centrifuges with batch rotor for pelleting which do ensure additional features like steroid hormone assays, separating lipoprotein fractions for HDL, LDL and VLDL.

The main features of these centrifuges devices are that they are silent and vibration resistant and also easy to operate. They offer many different features like LED power indicator light, auto off feature, space saving design, angled head rotors, lid with safety interlocks. In addition to which they also sport detachable power cords, easy to clean exterior, timer and on off switch, braking system and speed control knob.

This laboratory equipment also comes equipped with maintenance free brushless motor closed by a safety lid. The lid is instrumental in keeping the chamber from opening when the motor is in use, thus preventing any unwanted hazards. Most of the centrifuges have built in shut down feature if the lid is opened to avoid disasters.

A centrifuge is available in many different specifications and thus it is advisable to purchase it from the correct place by first ensuring the quality of the product. Neuation is a company that design and develop their own user centric, high performance Centrifuge equipment. They have their own R & D team that make all the magic happen and constantly reinvent themselves.

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How to Centrifuge Blood

Centrifuge is driven by an electric motor that puts an object in rotation around an axis and applies the force perpendicular to the axis. This process has many applications one of them being to separate the components of blood in blood banks. There are many precaution and safety measures that should be followed while using a laboratory centrifuge. This article goes on to describe the process of a centrifuge in a laboratory.

iFuge L30 - The Laboratory Centrifuge
iFuge L30 – The Laboratory Centrifuge

There are many different kinds of centrifuges available in the market, some of them are able to hold 6 tubes while others may be able to hold up to 8 tubes. Thus it is possible to centrifuge 8 blood tubes at a time. The laboratory centrifuge uses centrifugal force, in a spinning motion that exerts an outward push, and separates the liquid into their components in the process. If a whole blood specimen is placed into a centrifuge the separation occurs such that the bottom is a layer of heavy red blood cells. In addition to which the middle layer is a tiny platelet and while blood cells called the buffy coat. The remaining top liquid layer is the lightest of all. If the specimen was allowed to clot before centrifuging the top layer is serum or plasma if the specimen was anticoagulated and not allowed to clot.

Thus the centrifuge instrument spins and separates blood into layers depending on the weight of the layer. Scientifically the heavier elements are pushed to the bottom due to centrifugal force.

There is one thing that must be taken utmost care of, and that is the Blood tubes must always be balanced in the centrifuge. If an uneven number of tubes are to be used then it is necessary to make sure that a tube with water balances the other blood tube on the opposite side of the centrifuge. You will need to fill a tube with water as per the density and volume required balance the centrifuge. This tube will be placed opposite the blood tube in the centrifuge machine.

It is also necessary that all the tubes be securely caped. Also before starting the machine make sure the lid is locked. Though many machines will not start until the lid is locked. In addition to which the centrifuge should not be opened while it is in motion and if you do so it is forbidden to stop the spinning by your hand.

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Lab centrifuges for hassle-free use and great deal of efficiency

To meet the different needs of customers, Neuation.com constantly introduces new models of lab tools with advanced capabilities. Lab centrifuge is one of those being used by many medical facilities, doctor’s offices and labs for diagnosis and research applications. The new laboratory centrifuges are practical, space-saving solutions with a complete range of features. They perfectly do the task of separating sample elements with different densities in an efficient manner. Apart from cell separations, these tools are also used for DNA preparations, the microfiltration of HPLC samples and more. The leading manufacturer, Neuation.com is consistently engaged in research for developing new tabletop centrifuge models with innovative features.

iFuge L30 The Laboratory Centrifuge

iFuge L30 The Laboratory Centrifuge

Neuation laboratory centrifuges offer a great level of efficiency, flexibility and safety and give many years of hassle-free service. Besides, these devices come with extended warranty as well. It is a good decision to buy new models of medical equipments at the racks of Neuation.com. Lab centrifuge from the brand offers a range of useful features such as timer and on/off switch, braking system, speed control knob, lid with safety interlocks, LED power indicator light, brushless motor, angled head rotors, removable rotors and auto-off features.

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Applications of Laboratory Centrifuges

A laboratory centrifuge is a piece of equipment that is driven by a motor and spins the liquid samples at a high speed. It is used to separate substances of greater and lesser density while spinning the liquid at high speed. The type of centrifuge depends on the sample capacity. These are mainly used in the area of pharmaceuticals, hospitals, testing laboratories, blood banks to separate the components of a thick liquid.

iFuge L30

Ifuge L30-The laboratory Centrifuge

There are many applications of a Laboratory Centrifuge as listed below:

  • Laboratory Centrifuges are used to separate proteins and chemicals by spinning the mixtures for a set amount of time. It is also capable of separating plasma from blood to extract pure serums which are essential for several testing procedures.
  • It is often used in testing laboratories to segregate components of urine and blood for testing purpose.
  • These devices are very popular in blood banks especially the high speed kind. They are used to separate various components of blood and since blood banks deal with large quantity of blood such high speed devices are a boon for them.
  • The cosmetics industry is another big user of these machines to separate some natural products that are beneficial for the skin.
  • High speed centrifuges are used by the oil and petroleum industry to separate unwanted components.

Neuation.com offer one of the most advanced laboratory centrifuges around. They are capable of handling multiple applications in hospitals and laboratories. These are microprocessor controlled and consist of a variety of rotors. It also has an advanced programmable unit included.

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