New Building for Burghart Messtechnik GmbH


After a long wait, construction of the new company building finally started in July of this year. More than 50 years in Wedel, Burghart Messtechnik GmbH is expected to move to neighboring Holm in spring 2021. All Burghart employees are full of anticipation and look forward to an exciting time in the new building.

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Sniffin’ Sticks On-Paper

In order to avoid nose contact of the Sniffin’ Sticks in a self-administered setting with narrow personnel resources, it has previously been tested if the 16-odor identification test can be “painted” on a sheet of paper. No significant differences were observed between the results of standard-assisted and “odor-curves-on-paper” method (1). In a recent update, the method was also deemed applicable for odor discrimination testing (2). There were restrictions for threshold testing, mainly because, due to the lack of an assistant, a different test method had to be applied. It remains to be determined if an assisted threshold testing can be performed on a paper. 
In the current COVID-19 pandemic this method may be used in an assisted setting to avoid contamination of the Sniffin’ Sticks.
Burghart Messtechnik will soon offer cellulose paper strips for odor transfer. Sniffin’ Sticks are sufficient for at least 1000 test strips, but the expiration date may be shortened.
1- Christian A. Mueller, Elisabeth Grassinger, Asami Naka, Andreas F.P. Temmel, Thomas Hummel, Gerd Kobal. A Self-administered Odor Identification Test Procedure Using the “Sniffin' Sticks”. Chemical Senses 31,6 595–598 (2006).

2- Besser, G., Liu, D.T., Renner, B. et al. Self-Administered Testing of Odor Threshold and Discrimination Using Sniffin’ Sticks—Reviving the “Odor-Curves-On-Paper” Method. Chem. Percept. 13, 71–77 (2020).
Recommendations DGHNO-KHC and BVHNO: 
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Burghart Messtechnik GmbH tests cellulose paper for smell test!

Burghart Messtechnik GmbH develops the product range continue of Sniffin' Sticks and tests cellulose paper for smell tests!

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Update Sniffin' Sticks & COVID-19!

In a study by the University of Freiburg, Burghart Sniffin’s Sticks (Screening 12) ( were used to study anosmia / hyposmia. 84% of COVID-19 patients had anosmia or hyposmia, of which only 47% indicated a subjective reduction in smell. The study indicates that "Anosmia and Hyposmia often occur unnoticed in COVID-19 patients, and that for those patients an objective and quantifiable test is required”.

„Anosmia in COVID-19 Patients“
D Hornuss, B Lange, N Schröter, S Rieg, W V Kern, D Wagner

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Sniffin' Sticks for early detection of COVID-19!

New studies suggest that acute loss of smell often occurs in patients with COVID-19 (e.g. 1). Impaired ability to smell is one of the most common symptoms (77%) in the first four days of infection (2). In combination with dry cough, determining loss of smell could aid in early diagnosis of COVID-19 (3). Loss of smell and taste are more specific for COVID-19 than e.g. cough or fever (4). In an emergency department in Korea it was determined that self-reported normosmia predicted that a patient did not have COVID-19 with 96% probability. An objective smell test may further improve this prediction (5). Burghart Messtechnik GmbH offers e.g. the validated Screening 12 test, which can be used to reliably detect an odor loss.
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1: Streeck et al., Infection fatality rate of SARS-CoV-2 infection in a German community with a super-spreading event., medRxiv preprint (2020)
2: Vaira LA et al., Olfactory and gustatory function impairment in COVID-19 patients: Italian objective multicenter-study., Head and Neck (2020) 
3: Schmithausen RM et al., Characteristic Temporary Loss of Taste and Olfactory Senses in
SARS-CoV-2-positive-Individuals with Mild Symptoms., Pathogens and Immunity (2020)
4: Zayet S et al., Contribution of anosmia and dysgeusia for diagnostic of COVID-19 in outpatients., Infection (2020)
5: Kai Chua AJ et al., Acute olfactory loss is specific for Covid-19 at the Emergency Department., Annals of Emergency Medicine (2020)

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All employees back in the office!

After almost 9 weeks, all employees are now back from their home office and are looking forward to being able to start their work again in the office.

You can reach us from Monday to Thursday (7am to 5pm) and Friday (7am to 1pm).


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Recommendations DGHNO-KHC and BVHNO!

The DGHNO-KHC and the BVHNO have published on 29.04.20 the following news via the ENT-Corona-News-Ticker

recommendations for the ENT selective/non-emergency treatment at corona times, which among other things provides for safe olfactory testing (paragraph 1f) in times of corona.

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