Infection Control Today - 02/2003: TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY

Medical Concepts Development

Medical Concepts Development, Inc. has received approval from the FDA to market the ColoSHIELD Colonoscopy Drape, designed to protect clinical staff from patient secretions and to help maintain a cleaner procedural site during colonoscopy procedures. The optional reservoir can provide an additional means of lubrication throughout colonoscopy procedures. In addition to protecting the staff, ColoSHIELD provides a cleaner working environment. The device is used by inserting the scope through an optional lubrication disc, which locks into place. If the lubrication option is chosen when the scope is inserted and withdrawn, it is lubricated by the jelly that fills the reservoir. Body fluids are collected in the fluid pouch, which keeps the procedure site cleaner and offers protection for staff members. (800) 533-3974

Sempermed

Sempermed, a leading manufacturer of latex gloves, has designed the Supreme Powder-Free Surgical Glove with the specialized needs of the surgeon in mind. The powder-free protection eliminates the potential for aerosolization of glove powder and associated transfer of latex proteins. Supreme offers a unique multi-layer copolymer coating that provides added comfort and ease of donning for both wet and dry hands. The broader anatomical design of Supreme allows for an excellent fit while reducing hand fatigue. The neutral pH balance of the glove helps to reduce skin irritation. The micro-rough surface on the fingers and palm offers sensitivity and a safe grip, wet or dry. The beaded cuff increases strength and protection. With a low AQL value of 1.0, Supreme affords superior safety.

(800) 366-9545 or www.sempermedusa.com.

Triad Disposables

Triad Antiseptic Hand Gel is a convenient way to help prevent bacterial cross-contamination. This fast-acting, waterless gel leaves no sticky or tacky residue on the skin and is more manageable to apply than alcohol liquids. Triad Antiseptic Hand Gel is mildly scented and contains conditioners to minimize skin irritation and dryness. The gel is vailable in various sizes, including a portable 5-gram pouch and 4-ounce bottle. (800) 288-1288 or www.triad-group.net 

Safetec

SaniZide Plus is a one-step, ready-to-use hospital grade disinfectant, decontaminant, cleaner and deodorizer. It is designed to kill hepatitis B and tuberculosis on hard, non-porous surfaces rapidly and effectively. It also is designed to deactivate HIV, HBV, MRSA, VISA and VRE. The alcohol-free, non-corrosive formula will not damage surfaces such as lenses, cements, plastics, rubber or metals. SaniZide Plus is available in a variety of packaging options.

(800) 456-7077

SuturTek Incorporated

SuturTek's FastClose device is a breakthrough technology allowing surgeons to achieve Gold Standard wound closure suturing with standard needles and suture materials, cutting closure time in half in the 5 million fascia closures in the U.S. annually. AORN data indicates that large, unprotected suture needles used in fascia closure account for more than 50 percent of all OR suture needlesticks. The FastClose device is reusable, while the FastClose suture cartridges are disposable.

(978) 251-8088 or www.suturtek.com

Care-Tech Laboratories

Care-Creme is an antimicrobial, transdermal cream designed to relieve redness, irritation and the chemical burn induced by alcohol hygiene procedures. Broad-spectrum antimicrobial action eliminates gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, yeast and fungi for improved site infection prevention as well as the prevention of cross contamination.

(800) 325-9681 or www.caretechlabs.com

Medisystems Corporation

In a newly published study,1 MasterGuard Anti-Stick Needle Protector is proved effective against needlesticks, as the patented FingerShield anchor protects pressure-holding fingers. MasterGuard protects immediately upon removal and through time of disposal, remains out of the way during cannulation and treatment, and assures engagement with an audible and tactile "click." (800) 369-MEDI or www.medisystems.com.

1. McCleary J, Caldero K, Adams T. Guarded fistula needle reduces needlestick injuries in hemodialysis. Nephrology News & Issues, May 2002.

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