Ambu® aScope™ 4 Cysto
Ambu Inc., a rapidly growing medical device maker and pioneer of sterile, single-use endoscopes, introduced today a new single-use cystoscope. The Ambu® aScope™ 4 Cysto will give urologists immediate access to a single-use cystoscope that can be used for procedures such as bladder cancer surveillance, stent removal and other common cystoscopy procedures.
Built on more than 10 years of single-use endoscopy experience, the launch of the aScope 4 Cysto enables Ambu to enter a large new market segment. Its new cystoscope will provide urologists a way to better manage their schedules and be more productive without worrying about device deterioration and other issues such as availability, reprocessing and costly repairs.
The aScope 4 Cysto enables organizations to reduce costs on cleaning supplies, maintenance and repairs (and the associated long-term service contracts). It improves workflow and is portable, which makes it easier for doctors to deal with in-house consult procedures.
Healthmark has launched new customized floor signs to help healthcare facilities communicate important messages during this challenging time. In order to encourage and remind individuals of necessary steps to practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a variety of designs for specific purposes, from labeling an area that is in quarantine, to a reminder to practice safe social distancing, to instructing personnel to don the proper PPE. Our COVID-19 floor signs have high visibility, can handle heavy foot traffic, but are semi-adhesive for convenient removal. Additionally, released in concert are the COVID-19 Wall Signs. The different wall sign options serve as reminders to personnel to wash hands, practice safe social distancing, don the proper PPE or to alert personnel of a quarantine area. Healthmark can also design and produce custom signs to meet the individual needs of facilities.
oneSOURCE Database to Address COVID-19 Pandemic
oneSOURCE announces a new database to assist healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. The COVID-19 database will be available to new and current users at no cost and will feature tools that include instructions for use (IFUs) to help protect healthcare workers, reduce community spread and maintain patient safety related to ventilators, respirators, bypass machines, and reusable surgical gowns.
“With healthcare facilities in the midst of a crisis, infection control and proper sterile processing practices are of the utmost importance to managing COVID-19. The implementation of a platform like oneSOURCE will increase efficiency and provide healthcare workers with the tools they need to successfully decrease the spread of COVID-19,” said Jack Speer, co-founder and president of oneSOURCE. “This free e-library will be continuously updated and support those on the frontlines to get the information they need to manage any potential growth of the virus from equipment and protective gear as quickly as possible. These are unprecedented times and we’re working diligently with our partners to help manage this global emergency through preventative measures and continue to facilitate the demands of our industry during this critical time.”
Along with featuring key IFUs, the complimentary COVID-19 database will also include vital information regarding ventilators, bypass machines, respirators, surgical gowns and other related equipment that is being used to create safer environments for both patients and medical professionals. oneSOURCE users will also receive free tutorials on how to use the platform and up-to-date information about the COVID-19 crisis.
“Tools like oneSOURCE are imperative when it comes to providing healthcare workers with the resources to fight diseases like COVID-19,“ said Heather Thomas, CMO and executive VP of sales and marketing of oneSOURCE. “We recognize the severity and struggle our world is facing and felt it was our responsibility to arm those on the frontlines of this medical crisis with ways to effectively execute their duties in the safest way possible. As we continue to use our platform’s key benefits to address the concerns and needs of our industry, building a database that provides biomedical and sterile processing professionals with the materials necessary to do so was a top priority to our team.”
oneSOURCE has a track record of using its platform to address the needs of the medical industry and provide the proper tools to promote the highest level of patient safety. As a resource for top healthcare organizations such as Mayo Clinic, Sutter Health, VHA and HCA, the range of databases reaches from facilities maintenance to surgical instruments to dental. oneSOURCE currently dominates the sterile processing market with more than 80 percent saturation. The free, segmented database is available now at onesourcedocs.com/covid-19-database and will be updated with necessary IFUs for the duration of the pandemic. For more information on becoming a subscriber to the full suite of databases, visit onesourcedocs.com/contact.
SeekNFind Tray Tag Tool
Healthmark Industries introduces the SeekNFind to its labeling product line.
The SeekNFind provides a means to locate missing or mislaid trays and other assets. Made from PTFE Teflon, the 240mmx86mm RFID tag is assembled with stainless steel eyelets for attachment to instrument baskets and other assets. The RFID reader is paired with a Bluetooth® enabled Android phone. With the SeekNFind app, available for download from the Google Play store, tagged trays and other tagged assets can be more easily found, when missing.
Healthmark Industries announces the addition of the HydroCheck™ to its ProFormance™ Cleaning Verification line. Designed for detecting residual moisture in channels, the single-use HydroCheck™ is a user-friendly test kit which can detect as little as 0.05 μL of residual moisture, providing immediate results. Swabs are available in the following sizes: 1.7mm, 2.8mm, 3.8mm, and 5.0mm. If a detectable amount of residual moisture is present, there will be a visual color change to purple on the swab.
Terragene® Auto-Reader Incubator and Biological Indicators
Healthmark Industries announces the addition of the Terragene® Auto-Reader Incubator and Biological Indicators to its sterilization product line.
Designed for the incubation and readout of biological indicators for steam sterilization process control, the Auto-Reader Incubator allows for rapid detection of positive and negative biological indicators for one hour at 140ºF to determine whether a sterilization process has been successful or not.
The Terragene® Auto-Reader Incubator has a height of 18 cm, diameter of 26 cm and is manufactured with 12 metal positions (3.8 cm depth, 0.9 cm diameter) for incubation. The dual temperature system has the option for the user to select between two different incubation temperatures of 37 ºC or 60 ºC. The Auto-Reader Incubator has a feature to allows facilities to run different incubation times simultaneously.
Equipped with a readout system and a printer to record the results, the Auto-Reader Incubator has the ability for automatic detection and cancelation of biological indicator fluorescence reading. In addition, the auto-reader can be connected to computers by USB. This allows linking the results with the Terragene® Bionova® Traceability Software for automatic reading and traceability of biological indicators.
Tamper-Evident Probe Cover
Healthmark Industries announces the addition of the Tamper-Evident Probe Cover to its bags and dust covers product line. This cover is designed to keep probes covered to reduce the risk of contamination from the environment during transportation and storage. The single-use 14-inch x 4.5-inch Tamper-Evident Probe Cover is manufactured from low-density polyethylene, is latex-free and non-sterile. The Probe Cover is sealed on three sides, and has vertical and horizontal perforations, as well as a tamper-evident seal to help protect the probe from the environment by keeping the cord outside of the bag.
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Ecolab Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring System
The Ecolab® Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring System is an electronic solution that gives hospitals the ability to transform the way they monitor, report and improve hand hygiene compliance.
Proprietary badge technology recognizes Patient Zones around each patient bed, detects hand hygiene events of individuals before and after each patient interaction, and provides actionable, real-time guidance for improvement through real-time visual and audible reminders.
Digital dashboards collect data on these hand hygiene behaviors, measure compliance and pinpoint precisely where corrective action is needed at the system, hospital, unit, role or individual level. These actionable insights allow department managers to lead process improvements where they are needed most -- helping hospitals measure compliance accurately, achieve and sustain results, deliver better patient outcomes and provide a safer work environment for staff.
The system does not utilize Wi-Fi or require hardwiring, and little to no IT involvement is needed.
To learn more, visit www.ecolab.com/compliancemonitoring
HanGenix™ Compliance Assurance System
The HanGenix™ Compliance Assurance System is an easy-to-install, ultrasound-based technology, that enables the effective facilitation of W.H.O. guidelines. The system encourages immediate hand washing to remain compliant and can be customized to address facility-specific protocols. Through the use of Patient Protection Zones™, the system measures and documents hand hygiene compliance prior to, and immediately following, patient contact – moving compliance monitoring from “at the door” of competitive systems to “Behind the Door” for HanGenix™. The system features a sensor at all hand hygiene dispensers (soap, alcohol, etc.) and records usage of these hand hygiene materials by healthcare workers wearing a wireless ID tag. The wireless ID tag records all hand hygiene events and provides audible beeps if a healthcare worker enters or exits a Patient Protection Zone without performing hand hygiene. All data recorded by the system is transmitted wirelessly to the “cloud” for real-time analysis and feedback.
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ENDODRY™ Drying and Storage System
Professional societies and key opinion leaders acknowledge inadequate drying of flexible endoscope channels as a possible cause of microbial growth during endoscope storage. The ENDODRY™ Drying and Storage Cabinet is the only endoscope drying product on the market shown — via a peer-reviewed study in AJIC — to dry the internal lumens within one hour, external surfaces within three hours and can store endoscopes up to 31 days without an increase in microbial levels.(1) The ENDODRY cabinet uses instrument-grade air for direct connection channel drying. The use of active drying shortens the amount of time needed to fully dry the internal channels compared to traditional hanging methods.
Reference: 1. Perumpail, Ryan B. et al. “Endoscope reprocessing: Comparison of drying effectiveness and microbial levels with an automated drying and storage cabinet with forced filtered air and a standard storage cabinet.” American Journal of Infection Control. (Sept, 2009). 47(9):1083-1089.
Two New Cleaning Brushes in ProSys™ Instrument Care Product Line
Healthmark Industries announces the addition of two new brushes to its ProSys™ Instrument Care product line. Designed for cleaning instruments prior to further processing, these reusable brushes are manufactured with nylon bristles that adhere to a contoured plastic handle. These brushes are used in conjunction with a suitable cleaning solution that assist healthcare workers in the initial cleaning of items for which brushing to remove contamination is a recommended step in the cleaning process. The “3183-P” is available for purchase in a package of 10 and the “MR001903” is available in a package of three.
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Tru-D SmartUVC is a portable UVC disinfection system that delivers one automated, measured dose of UVC light to consistently disinfect a room during one cycle. Tru-D operates from one placement within the room, ensuring significant pathogen reduction in direct and shadowed areas and reducing the threat of human error in the disinfection process. Additionally, the robot’s cloud-based data-tracking technology transfers usage data to a customized portal to provide real-time results through concise graphics and exportable records. Validated by more than 20 independent studies including the only randomized clinical trial on UVC disinfection which was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tru-D’s combined automated, measured dosing capabilities and real-time usage-tracking features make it one of the most precise and advanced automated UVC disinfection systems available.