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Automated Systems and Exposure Risk

Using automated systems, including mass spectrometry technology, may result in exposure to dangerous pathogens.
When using mass spectrometry for bacterial identification:
If the manufacturer provides your laboratory with an alternate tube extraction method, the LRN Sentinel Clinical Laboratory Protocols recommend the additional step of filtering the resulting extract using a 0.2 µ (or less) filter. This additional step is intended to reduce the risk of laboratory contamination with viable bacteria and spores.