SAF FIXATIVE (SODIUM ACETATE FORMALIN)

Technical Data #SAFa / 2005.09.01

SAF Fixative is used to preserve fecal specimen for all intestinal parasites at room temperature for later examination : Exam by wet mount, concentration and permanent stain procedures.



FORMULA
in grams per liter purified filtered water

Sodium Acetate

15,2

Glacial Acetic Acid

20,3 ml

Formaldehyde, filtered

40,6 ml

Triton X-100

1,0 ml

Water, deionized

939,0

pH 4,2 +/- 0,2 25 C

This approximate formula may be adjusted and/or enriched to obtain best results.


PRECAUTIONS
This medium is for laboratory use only.


STORAGE
Store prepared media at 25 C protected from direct light.

 

PROCEDURE FOR SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Collect specimens as previously standardized, following collection procedures. Kit systems are packaged in Biobags with illustrated multi-lingual instructions to assist in safe and sanitary specimen collection by personnel and/or patients. Bring to the laboratory as soon as possible.


PROCEDURE

Wet Mount Examination

  1. On a slide, place a drop of SAF-stool mixture and a drop of saline/iodine.
  2. Overlay with a coverglass.
  3. Examine microscopically for presence of parasites.

Permanent Smears

  1. On a slide, place a drop of SAF-stool mixture and a drop of Mayer's Albumine (8951).
  2. Spread to cover slide and to form a thin film.
  3. Let slides to dry at room temperature.
  4. Fix the film into a 70% ethanol solution bath for 30 minutes
  5. Referring to parasites procedures, stain slides
  6. Examine microscopically for presence of parasites.

Concentration Procedure
Follow directions as described in Para-Test Kit (cat. No. PT-50 or PT-50V).


QUALITY CONTROL
Results W/ Iron Haematoxylin Stain

Microorganisms

 

blue-greyish

Leucocytes

nucleic inclusions

dark blue


LIMITATIONS OF METHOD

Inadequate fixation or too little/too much specimen may give false results. This is only a part of the identification. Others tests may be required.

REFERENCES

  1. Ballows, A. et al. Manual of Clinical Microbiology. 5th ed. 1991 American Society for Microbiology, Washington D.C.
  2. Garcia, L.S. Diagnostic Medical Parasitology 2001 4th, ed. American Society for Microbiology, Washington. D.C.
  3. Murray, P.R., Baron, E.J., Pfaller, M.A., Tenover, F.C. and Yolken, R.H. Manual of Clinical Microbiology. 7th ed. 1999 American Society for Microbiology, Washington D.C.
  4. Yang, J., T. Scholten 1977 A fixative for intestinal parasites permitting the use of concentration and permanent staining procedures Am. J. Clin. Pathol 67:300-304


CATALOGUE NUMBERS

Single Vials, 15 ml 100/cse SAF-100
Single Vials, 15 ml 25/box SAF-25
Single-Vial Kits (in Biobags) 100/cse SAF-100B
Two-Vial Kits (in Biobags) 50/cse SAF-50BD
Single Containers, 45 ml 100/cse SAF-100C
Single-Container Kits (in Biobags) 25/box SAF-25T
Two-Container Kits (in Biobags) 50/cse SAF-50TD
Bulk Packaging 4 liters SAF-4L
Concentration Kit 50/cse PT-50
Mayer's Albumine 100 ml 8951
Ethyl Acetate 250 ml 8970
Ethyl Acetate 1 L 8971
Ethyl Acetate 4 L 8509


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