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Poster: Ways to Prevent Pipetting Errors

Although pipetting is a common practice in most laboratories, there is always potential for mistakes. These errors can easily be prevented by remembering the basics of good pipetting practices – and choosing the correct pipette and pipette accessories to meet your specific needs.  

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Commonly Asked Questions  

  • What are common pipetting errors?
    • Aspirating and/or dispensing liquids too quickly 
    • Contamination of samples and/or equipment 
    • Improper cleaning and calibration
    • Improper pipetting techniques for viscous or foaming reagents
  • Which types of contamination occur as a result of pipetting? - There are three types of contamination that can occur when pipetting: pipette-to-sample (contaminated pipette or pipette tip compromises sample), sample-to-pipette (liquid or aerosol particles enter pipette body) and sample-to-sample (also known as carryover contamination). 

Keep pipetting error prevention at the forefront of your laboratory by downloading this handy poster which illustrates best pipetting practices along with the Dos and Don’ts of proper pipette use.

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