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.
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).