(2013 ESP Award Nominee) 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.
A moderate increase in vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) at one hospital can lead to a nearly 3 percent increase in VRE in every other hospital in that county, according to a study. VRE is one of the most common bacteria that cause infections in healthcare facilities.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Ecolab Healthcare’s Adhesion Probe Cover provides a sterile protective cover for ultrasound probe transducers for a variety of applications including diagnostic, endocavity, and intraoperative imaging. Featuring an adhesive tip that securely fastens the cover to the transducer head, Adhesion Probe Covers protect the ultrasound probe during imaging for sterile procedures without affecting the image quality.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) BioDrain Medical’s flagship product, the STREAMWAY System, is a revolutionary canister-free device that disposes of surgical waste fluid with virtually no handling. The fully automated, direct-to-drain system collects, measures, and disposes of surgical fluids; greatly reducing the exposure risk to healthcare workers.
A third instance of rabies transmission following organ transplantation has occurred, with a patient dying 18 months after receiving a kidney from a deceased donor who was not known to be infected with the rabies virus, researchers reported.
Severe damage to the large vessels from multiple trauma or accidental complications in surgery can cause exsanguinating hemorrhage, especially in the thin-walled vena cava. In development is a nano-adhesive plaster that can easily be applied to lacerated vessel walls with no adhesive or suturing.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) 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.
Triatek's latest FMS1655 controllers, featuring Safety Halo edge lighting and new “Action Icons,” provide critical care facilities the unique ability to completely evacuate airborne contaminates and infections through an innovative feature called the “Clean Cycle." This automated and programmable cycle provides facilities the ability to engage the “Clean Cycle” for a predefined amount of time at which point the exhaust valve is fully opened to allow for maximum evacuation of air.
Bio-Hazard wipes/liners from Current Technologies have a white absorbent side and an orange plastic backing that prevents leak through of blood and solvents. Bio-Hazard liners keep aspiration carts clean by limiting seepage of blood; Biohazard Wipes can be used when preparing stains/smears and microscope cleaning.
New York State hospitals will be required to report cases of antibiotic resistant bacteria called CRE. The CDC reports cases have been found in 43 states. Dr. Jon LaPook reports on the efforts being made to control the spread of the superbug that can infect the weakest patients.
TRU-D SmartUVC is a portable UV disinfection system that precisely measures reflected UVC emissions with Sensor360 to automatically calculate the pathogen-lethal UV dose required for each room, dynamically compensating for room size, shape, and other dose-altering variables such as the position of contents, windows, blinds, and doors.
After a 2011 outbreak of P. aeruginosa, investigators at Beaumont Health System near Detroit, Michigan determined contaminated ultrasound gel was the source of bacteria causing the healthcare-associated infection. The findings emphasize the need for increased scrutiny of contaminated medical products.
Nothing more accurately and succinctly defines the prevalent issue of sharps safety than the fact which states that there has been no decrease in the injury rate in surgical settings since the passage of the Needlestick Prevention Act of 2000.
CRE was first identified in the United States in 2001. Now CRE has been found in 4.6 percent of all hospitals and 18 percent of hospitals providing long-term acute care. Furthermore, only nine states have mandatory reporting laws for CRE.
Steris now offers the PATHOGON UV Disinfection System, an automated, mobile system using germicidal ultraviolet light to reduce or kill pathogens on environmental surfaces. Germicidal UVC light has a proven history of reliable biocidal activity against a wide range of healthcare-associated pathogens.
Zero Infections In High-Risk Cardiac Device Replacements Reported With Use Of TYRX Antibacterial EnvelopeJuly 1, 2013 10:29 am | News | Comments
Use of TYRX, Inc.’s AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope reduced major infection rates by 100 percent in patients undergoing Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) replacement procedures compared to case-matched retrospective control patients.
Medisafe America offers the Sonic Irrigator-PCF. The product is tested and validated for cleaning da Vinci EndoWrist instruments using the same critical cleaning parameters as Intuitive Surgical’s manual cleaning method.
Since last year, SSM St. Mary's Health Center in the St. Louis suburb of Richmond Heights, Mo., has been the test site for a system developed by Biovigil Inc., of Ann Arbor, Mich. A flashing light on a badge turns green when hands are clean, red if they're not. It also tracks each hand-cleaning opportunity - the successes and the failures.
Accelerate Diagnostics CEO Lawrence Mehren discusses on "CBS This Morning: Saturday" the prevalence of hospital infections and new advances in combating illness. Mehren says hospital acquired infections are typically acquired by bacteria, and bacteria that are living in hospitals are living in a high threat environment, so they get stronger.
Bleach-Rite Spray is a one-step, intermediate level disinfectant containing 0.525 percent or 1:10 dilution of sodium hypochlorite from Current Technologies. EPA registered Bleach-Rite Spray is stabilized and the expiration date is stamped on every bottle.
Hospitals across England reduced the rate of serious bloodstream infections in intensive care units (ICUs) during a two-year program, research has shown. More than 200 ICUs in England participated in the National Patient Safety Agency's Matching Michigan program, which aimed to bring down infections linked to central venous catheters to the rate seen in a landmark program in the U.S. state of Michigan.
Medline introduces the IRiS (Intelligent Room Sterilization), an UVC (ultraviolet C) light disinfection system used to compliment healthcare facilities current cleaning procedures to ensure that all surfaces are free from pathogens.
Accelerate Diagnostics, a Tucson, Ariz., biotech firm, has come up with a way to more quickly diagnose these organisms for quicker treatment options. The firm developed a non-cultured testing for the rapid identification of drug-resistant organisms and hospital-acquired infections.
BioDrain's STREAMWAY System fully automates the collection, measurement, and disposal of surgical fluids resulting in improved OR safety and efficiency while reducing the environmental impact found with traditional canisters.
Kapp Surgical Instruments, Inc. offers the McCarthy Mini-Sternotomy Retractor with Universal Lift, a self-retaining retractor that provides excellent exposure for a variety of valve operations, Maze procedures, or other intra cardiac procedures.