Gram Stain QC Slides from Alpha-Tec Systems, Vancouver, Wash, have been designed to ensure the quality, accuracy, and reliability of Gram stain reagents and staining procedures.
To foster the greatest testing accuracy, these slides provide a known positive and negative control that the lab can use to limit the batch-to-batch differences in staining procedures and standardize diagnostic criteria.
The Alpha-Tec Systems Gram Stain QC Slides are available in three designs. Each slide contains a Gram positive control of Staphylococcus aureus and a Gram negative control of Escherichia coli. Slides with specimen wells provide areas for either one or three clinical specimens – suitable for the second and third shifts for review by the supervisor.
All slides are individually sealed in a foil pouch, and each package of slides is accompanied by color-coded log sheets to meet accreditation requirements for documentation. The QC Slides eliminate the need for the lab to maintain in-house cultures or control organisms, and are compatible with all automated stainers.