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FDA Wants Label, Packaging Changes To Reduce Infection Risk Involving Topical Antiseptics

November 15, 2013 9:26 am | by Chris Kaiser | Articles | Comments

The FDA wants label and packaging changes for certain topical antiseptic products to reduce the risk of infection. The agency said on Wednesday that it is evaluating "infrequent but continuing reports of infections resulting from antiseptic products labeled for preoperative or preinjection skin preparation..."

Study: Hand-Washing Rates Low Among Emergency Medical Personnel

November 14, 2013 9:10 am | by Shannon Luibrand | Articles | Comments

A new study shows only 13 percent of emergency medical providers reported cleaning their hands before patient contact, according to the study from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. The study, which was administered through an online survey and distributed via email to national and regional emergency medical organizations, looked at almost 1,500 EMS providers. The results revealed a number of troubling trends...

Sonic Irrigator

November 11, 2013 9:52 am | by Medisafe America | Medisafe America | Product Releases | Comments

Medisafe America offers the Sonic Irrigator designed for the daVinci Endowrist instrument. The built in class II-Thermal disinfection feature combines cleaning and disinfection steps into one process complete with; enzymatic detergent wash, lumen flushing with simultaneous ultrasonic cleaning cycle, finalized with a thermal rinse.

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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.

PHASIX Mesh

November 8, 2013 10:31 am | by Davol | Davol, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

PHASIX Mesh from Davol is a fully resorbable soft tissue reconstruction implant and a potential alternative to biologics and to long-term permanent mesh.  Providing a durable repair without permanent foreign material, it is intended to handle similarly to polypropylene mesh.  PHASIX Mesh material retains a greater amount of strength for a longer period of time versus other fully resorbable materials and gradually and predictably loses mechanical strength as demonstrated by preclinical data.

Draco Deep-Cleaning Hand Pads

November 8, 2013 10:19 am | by Cygnus Medical | Cygnus Medical | Product Releases | Comments

Draco Deep-Cleaning Hand Pads from Cygnus Medical utilize a unique combination of materials that detach, capture, and remove biofilms and other forms of adhered contamination. A recent study performed at the Montana University Center for Biofilm Engineering shows that the mechanics of scrubbing and the formation of the substrates have a far greater effect on cleaning outcomes than the various chemistries of enzymatic detergents.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Adhesion Probe Cover

November 5, 2013 9:57 am | by Ecolab Healthcare | Product Releases | Comments

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.

High-Capacity Ultrasonic Cleaning System

November 5, 2013 9:51 am | 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.

STREAMWAY System

November 1, 2013 10:01 am | by BioDrain Medical, Inc. | Biodrain Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

BioDrain Medical, Inc. has a fully automated, patented, FDA-cleared, surgical fluid disposal system that virtually eliminates OR workers' exposure to potentially infectious fluids found in the surgical environment. 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.

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Fluid Management System

October 31, 2013 9:21 am | 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.

Oral Meds Cut Hospital Stay For Kids With Appendicitis

October 30, 2013 10:24 am | by Cole Petrochko | News | Comments

Children with advanced appendicitis who received oral instead of intravenous antibiotics had a shorter hospital stay and required fewer postoperative ultrasounds, researchers reported...           

New Substance Effectively Combats Multi-Resistant Bacteria

October 30, 2013 10:19 am | News | Comments

In Europe alone, more than 25,000 people die each year from infections caused by multi-resistant bacteria. Researchers from University of Copenhagen have now developed and characterized a substance that quickly and effectively kills the virulent bacteria. The substance employs a multifunctional mechanism that reduces the risk of antibiotic resistance...

Fecal Transplant Used To Treat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

October 29, 2013 9:23 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Hundreds of thousands of people suffer from the potentially life threatening C. difficile bacterial infection in their intestines. However, many patients are resorting to fecal transplants to combat the highly antibiotic-resistant bacteria -- an unusual and controversial treatment...

Obesity May Increase The Risk Of Clostridium Difficile Infection

October 24, 2013 2:36 pm | News | Comments

Researchers from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have identified obesity as a possible risk factor for clostridium difficile infection (CDI). These findings, which appear online in Emerging Infectious Diseases, may contribute to improved clinical surveillance of those at highest risk of disease...

GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Micro Surgical Gloves

October 24, 2013 2:27 pm | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

The GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Micro surgical gloves from Ansell offer exceptional dexterity, tactical sensitivity, and at the same time, outstanding strength and barrier protection. The GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Micro is ideal for delicate procedures without the risks associated with natural rubber latex sensitization. GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Micro can also serve as an underglove. Its micro-thickness allows for comfortable double-gloving.

Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat

October 24, 2013 1:55 pm | by New Pig Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

New Pig Corporation introduces the Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat with an adhesive bottom. It absorbs and retains up to three liters of liquid to help keep the OR floor clean and safe. The Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat is deigned to not rip, tear or fray under heavy foot traffic and has been tested and certified by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) as a high-traction surface which can reduce slip and fall claims by as much as 90 percent when used as part of a Floor Safety Program.

Product Q&A: Ansell's Gammex Non-Latex Sensitive Surgical Glove

October 24, 2013 10:31 am | Ansell | Articles | Comments

The Ansell GAMMEX gloves are not made from natural rubber latex, and are powder free. The GAMMEX line includes products that are chemical-accelerator free and help to prevent Type I and Type IV allergies. The Non-Latex Sensitive glove features the revolutionary SENSOPRENE formulation...

Researchers Propose Social Network Modeling To Fight Hospital Infections

October 23, 2013 10:43 am | News | Comments

Two researchers have teamed up with a researcher at American University to develop a framework to help prevent costly and deadly infections acquired by hospitalized patients. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), these transmissions strike one out of every 20 inpatients, drain billions of dollars from the national health care system, and cause tens of thousands of deaths annually...

GAMMEX Non-Latex PI White Surgical Glove

October 23, 2013 9:29 am | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

The GAMMEX Non-Latex PI White surgical glove from Ansell is powder-free and made from synthetic polyisoprene.  Wearers experience exceptional fit that also provides tactile sensitivity and dependability. This glove delivers all the performance characteristics of natural rubber latex without the risk of natural rubber latex sensitization. GAMMEX Non-Latex PI White surgical gloves feature a special anti-slip surface treatment to provide extra grip.

Inspired Revolutions In Surgical Glove Technology

October 22, 2013 10:04 am | by Ansell | Videos | Comments

Introducing Ansell's GAMMEX Non-Latex Surgical Gloves to the North American market. Featuring the wide breadth of product line, GAMMEX now offers eight different surgical gloves to accommodate the requirements of the entire surgical team.

Rapicide OPA/28 High-Level Disinfectant

October 22, 2013 9:42 am | by Crosstex/SPS Medical | Crosstex | Product Releases | Comments

Rapicide OPA/28 High-Level Disinfectant from Crosstex/SPS Medical is a fast-acting, long lasting, highly compatible high-level disinfectant ensuring a safe and healthy environment for patients and staff. This reusable ortho-phthalaldehyde disinfectant is designed for use on heat-sensitive, semi-critical medical devices that are unsuitable for sterilization.

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