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Excellence In Surgical Products 2013 Winners Q&A

November 18, 2013 11:47 am | Articles | Comments

This year’s ESP Awards gave readers the difficult task of picking the winners from all of the great submissions received. From the entrants rose three Best of Show products. The winners were given the opportunity to talk more in-depth about their products, primarily the catalyst behind the product's creation and how they help help in the operating room...

FIRST PLACE -- Stryker Endoscopy's SDC3 All-In-One Data Management Solution

November 17, 2013 2:01 pm | by Stryker Endoscopy | Product Releases | Comments

Stryker Endoscopy’s SDC3 is an all-in-one data management solution to increase OR workflows and...

SECOND PLACE -- Covidien's Cordless Ultrasonic Dissection Device

November 16, 2013 2:13 pm | by Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

The Sonicision cordless ultrasonic dissection device from Covidien is a hand-held, battery-...

THIRD PLACE -- Aspen Surgical's Hands-Free Transfer Tray

November 15, 2013 2:20 pm | by Aspen Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

Aspen Surgical offers its Bard-Parker Hands-Free Transfer Tray.  The Transfer Tray provides...

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HONORABLE MENTION -- Patient Safety Gear's Wrong Site Sleeve

November 8, 2013 12:50 pm | by Patient Safety Gear, Inc. | Patient Safety Gear, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Wrong Site Sleeve from Patient Safety Gear can be placed on the arm or leg. It is designed to protect against wrong site surgery. After marking the surgical site pre-operatively with a skin marker, the wrong site sleeve is placed on the patient’s “wrong limb” to avoid any mistakes once the patient is taken to the operating room.

HONORABLE MENTION -- HoverTech International’s HT-Wedge Adjustable Positioning Device

November 8, 2013 12:43 pm | by HoverTech International | HoverTech International | Product Releases | Comments

HoverTech International’s HT-Wedge Adjustable Positioning Device inflates to lift and position patients for improved visualization during intubation.  The dual chamber design allows the head and chest to be adjusted separately, making it easier to achieve ear to sternal notch positioning regardless of the patient’s body type.

HONORABLE MENTION -- Ultra Clean Systems' Ultrasonic Cleaning System

November 8, 2013 12:28 pm | by Ultra Clean Systems | Ultra Clean Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra Clean Systems offers its latest high-capacity ultrasonic cleaning system, the XL48. The innovative XL48 comes equipped with cutting-edge TRT (Titanium Rod Technology), significantly decreasing cycle times to less than a third of standard wash cycles. The XL48 cleans 48 cannulated or 32 robotic instruments in 13 minutes. This high-capacity and speedy throughput optimizes department efficiency, preventing bottlenecks and maximizing patient safety.

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HONORABLE MENTION -- Key Surgical's Tags For Scope Reprocessing

November 8, 2013 10:26 am | by Key Surgical | Key Surgical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Key Surgical introduces easy-to-use, double-sided tags that are designed for communicating and identifying critical information in regards to scope reprocessing. Designed for use on processed, dry scopes, the self-looping tags are available in two styles. Choose from seven colors for easy color-coding with month, day and date of processing or a larger, white tag to capture more detailed information.

THIRD PLACE (VISUALIZATION & COMMUNICATION) -- Olympus's HD 3D Video Laparoscope

November 7, 2013 2:44 pm | by Olympus | Olympus | Product Releases | Comments

The ENDOEYE FLEX 3D from Olympus is the world’s only articulating HD 3D video laparoscope that delivers value to surgeons and patients by reducing surgical errors and improving the speed, accuracy, and precision of surgical tasks such as dissection, grasping, and suturing (compared with traditional 2D surgical systems).

THIRD PLACE (VISUALIZATION & COMMUNICATION) -- Richard Wolf Medical Instruments' Endocam Logic HD

November 7, 2013 2:34 pm | by Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Packing unprecedented versatility into a single endoscopic video system, Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp. introduces the Endocam Logic HD, equipped with three interchangeable, high-definition camera heads that plug in to a single control unit to perform a multitude of procedures.

SECOND PLACE (VISUALIZATION & COMMUNICATION) -- EndoChoice’s Fuse Endoscope System

November 7, 2013 1:38 pm | by EndoChoice | Product Releases | Comments

EndoChoice’s Fuse endoscope system is a proprietary arrangement of three small cameras on a flexible GI endoscope. By using three cameras, the Fuse system allows doctors to see nearly twice as much surface area as they can with traditional endoscopes that only use one camera. Because of folds that occur naturally in the colon and stomach anatomy, problem areas can easily go undetected when using traditional endoscopes.

FIRST PLACE (VISUALIZATION & COMMUNICATION) -- NDS Surgical Imaging's ScaleOR

November 7, 2013 1:20 pm | by NDS Surgical Imaging | NDS Surgical Imaging | Product Releases | Comments

NDS Surgical Imaging's ScaleOR is a universal video format scaler and converter, the first of its kind, designed specifically for the healthcare industry. Until now, OR staff had to deal with numerous devices to surmount the challenges presented by the signal complexities of video conversion. With ScaleOR, one single device can now make the bridge between analog and digital, standard definition and high definition.

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THIRD PLACE (PATIENT & STAFF SAFETY) -- Flagship Surgical's Safe Cord Floor Strip

November 7, 2013 1:07 pm | by Flagship Surgical | Flagship Surgical, Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Flagship Surgical's Safe Cord Floor Strip is a durable, disposable safety strip designed to cover cables and cords on the OR floors, thereby reducing the risk of staff tripping hazards and injuries. It has adhesive strips on the underside which secure the product to the floor, but will not leave any residue.

SECOND PLACE (PATIENT & STAFF SAFETY) -- Medicus Surgical's TrenGuard 450

November 7, 2013 12:57 pm | by Medicus Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

Robots are not programmed to compensate for patients sliding even “just a little bit.” This ultimately results in robot trocars restraining patients on the table. TrenGuard 450 from Medicus Surgical remains the only extreme Trendelenburg restraint without a single report of patient sliding.

FIRST PLACE (PATIENT & STAFF SAFETY) -- New Wave Surgical's D-Help

November 7, 2013 12:48 pm | by New Wave Surgical | New Wave Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

The New Hybrid D-HELP from New Wave Surgical is the only system designed to keep the laparoscopic and robotic lens defogged and clean from start to close. It comes with removable batteries for better disposal options.

THIRD PLACE (INSTRUMENTATION) -- Kapp Surgical Instrument's Cosgrove Mitral Valve Retractor System

November 6, 2013 2:28 pm | by Kapp Surgical Instrument, Inc. | Kapp Surgical Instrument, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Kapp Surgical Instrument, Inc. offers the Cosgrove Mitral Valve Retractor System. According to the company, it can be mounted on virtually any chest spreader, i.e. the Cooley Sternum Retractor, Ankeney Retractor, Morris Chest Spreader, and Finochietto Chest Spreader, as well as on most other retractors via custom attachment by Kapp. Furthermore, it exceptional exposure for right and left atrium.

SECOND PLACE (INSTRUMENTATION) -- NovaTract's Laparoscopic Dynamic Retractor

November 6, 2013 2:17 pm | by NovaTract Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

The NovaTract laparoscopic dynamic retractor, a 5mm device designed for general, colorectal, gynecologic, urologic, and robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery offers improved tissue manipulation with its exclusive tension adjusting system, coupled with the ability to easily modify the angle of retraction as needed. The unique patent-pending retraction system helps increase visualization while reducing the number of ports needed allowing the surgeon to achieve less invasive reduced-port surgeries without changing surgical technique.

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FIRST PLACE (INSTRUMENTATION) -- Medline Industries' The Switch Safety Scalpel

November 6, 2013 2:06 pm | by Medline Industries, Inc. | Medline Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Medline Industries, Inc. introduces The Switch Safety Scalpel. Previous safety scalpels couldn’t match the feel and usability of the traditional #3. But The Switch is designed to feel, weigh, and act like your regular #3. It’s reusable, like the #3, weighs within 2 grams of the #3, and fits any standard scalpel blade in the market.

THIRD PLACE (INFECTION CONTROL) -- Thermedx Fluid Management System

November 6, 2013 1:56 pm | by Thermedx | Thermedx, Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Thermedx Fluid Management System (FMS) offers a complete, single endoscopic solution for achieving industry recommended best practices with distention, volume measurement, and warming capabilities for gynecology, urology, and orthopedic services. This state-of-the-art technology facilitates efficiency, patient safety, and product standardization initiatives with a micro-processor controlled pump, touch screen user interface, and robust infrared heating.

THIRD PLACE (INFECTION CONTROL) -- Healthmark Industries' Adjustable Stringers

November 6, 2013 1:47 pm | by Healthmark Industries | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Adjustable stringers from Healthmark Industries save time and improve overall efficiency during instrument reprocessing. When adjusted to its maximum open position, the Adjustable Stringer exposes instruments to optimal cleaning in the instrument washer, and then can be adjusted to the width suitable for placement in a sterilization tray.

SECOND PLACE (INFECTION CONTROL) -- Kimberly-Clark's Smart-Fold Sterilization Wrap

November 6, 2013 1:33 pm | by Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark’s Smart-Fold Sterilization Wrap is an innovative sterilization packaging designed to provide the durability necessary for the most demanding healthcare applications while reducing waste. Developed in collaboration with central service and operating room professionals, the wrap features triple-layer reinforcement, making it 64 percent more durable than the leading sterilization wrap.

FIRST PLACE (INFECTION CONTROL) -- Covalon Technologies' SurgiClear

November 6, 2013 1:23 pm | by Covalon Technologies | Covalon Technologies Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

SurgiClear from Covalon Technologies integrates two well-known antimicrobials (chlorhexidine and silver) into the film dressing’s soft silicone adhesive. The dual antimicrobial silicone adhesive kills 99.99 percent of bacteria and suppresses re-growth of microbes on the patient’s skin, maintaining a preferred environment for wound healing.

THIRD PLACE (CAPITAL EQUIPMENT) -- Nuvo's LED Surgical Light

November 5, 2013 2:35 pm | by Nuvo | Nuvo Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Nuvo offers the Nuvo VistOR MS LED Surgical light. The VistOR MS LED light provides 120,000 lux, excellent shadow control, unique pattern adjustment, and the Nuvo sterile handle controls.  According to the company, this product is available in a single-, dual-, or triple-ceiling mounted system.

THIRD PLACE (CAPITAL EQUIPMENT) -- Action Products' Replacement Table Pads

November 5, 2013 2:08 pm | by Action Products | Action Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Action Original Replacement Table Pads from Action Products are the best value in pressure reducing replacement table pads. The recently upgraded composite pad now has an infection control design with an attached Shear Smart surface of 3/8” Akton polymer. The pair creates a clinically proven pad, with waterfall construction, 100 percent no stitch construction, welded water/fluid proof seams and a 360-degree stretch surface.

SECOND PLACE (CAPITAL EQUIPMENT) -- Steris's Orthopedic Surgical Table

November 5, 2013 1:51 pm | by Steris | Steris Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new Steris OT 1000 Series Orthopedic Surgical Table marks a groundbreaking leap forward for perioperative departments. Its intelligent SWAN technology allows virtually effortless movement of the patient for anterior approach total hip arthroplasty (AATHA), fracture reduction, and many other orthopedic procedures.

FIRST PLACE (CAPITAL EQUIPMENT) -- Berchtold's TELETOM Equipment Management System

November 5, 2013 1:40 pm | by Berchtold | Berchtold Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The TELETOM Equipment Management System from Berchtold is a modular, custom-configurable boom that allows facilities to tailor its design to specific clinical environments. Clinicians make the determination for the placement of services and accessories, complementary equipment, length of arms, and positioning capabilities to optimize available space, and maximize both clinical efficiency and effectiveness.

THIRD PLACE (APPAREL) -- Calzuro Footwear

November 5, 2013 1:31 pm | by Calzuro | Product Releases | Comments

Sterilize Calzuro with Steam Autoclave up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit or machine wash with bleach. Comfort Insoles are the removable arch NOW steam autoclave up to 257 degrees Fahrenheit and has a shock absorber on the bottom side, which reduces fatigue and helps promote good posture. Calzuro are slip resistant with ergonomic design.

SECOND PLACE (APPAREL) -- Ansell's GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive Surgical Glove

November 5, 2013 1:18 pm | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

Ansell introduces the GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive surgical glove with SENSOPRENE formulation. GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive is a major innovation in non-latex, chemical accelerator-free glove technology. The SENSOPRENE formulation allows for superior sensitivity while maintaining glove strength, offering unprecedented comfort and tactility with advanced allergy protection (against both latex and chemical allergies) for healthcare workers and patients.

FIRST PLACE (APPAREL) -- Encompass Group, LLC's Thermoflect Heat Reflective Technology

November 5, 2013 1:09 pm | by Encompass Group, LLC | Encompass Group, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Thermoflect (from Encompass Group, LLC) Heat Reflective Technology can prewarm surgical patients and warm patients throughout the surgical journey, even in procedures lasting an hour or less. Thermoflect Heat Reflective Technology patient warming products offer a simple solution to hypothermia.

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