As with any sorter that requires jet-in-air sorting, aerosols are created both from the sort and waste streams. Depending on the virulence of the sample, there is a potential safety risk to the operator. The Astrios has been designed with an Aerosol Evacuation System (AES) either as a stand-alone unit or integrated into The Baker Company’s SterilGARD III class II, type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet (BSC) to reduce operator user risks.
The Astrios software and hardware are fully integrated with the BSC with interlock controls for comprehensive operator safety. The MoFlo Astrios was designed and developed according to the National Institute of Health’s biosafety guidelines for flow cytometry.
The MoFlo Astrios instrument is also designed to communicate with the BSC for increased operator safety by providing a comprehensive biosafety system with the BSC, Aerosol Evacuation System, and integrated software and system interlocks to contain biohazardous aerosols and reduce operator risk.