Infection Control Today - 05/2003: TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY

DuPont

DuPont Medical Fabrics introduces DuPont Suprel, a unique fabric borne from a revolutionary composite technology that provides an advanced level of comfort and protection for OR gowns. DuPont scientists tapped the strength of polyester and the texture of polyethylene to create a bi-component fabric that not only meets high standards for protection but also features the industry's smoothest and silkiest fabric texture, enabling freedom of movement and comfort in the OR. Suprel is the only medical fabric made from polyester and polyethylene and the only one manufactured using the proprietary DuPont Nonwovens Advanced Composite Technology (ACT). Suprel is expected to be available for commercial distribution later in the second half of 2003; meanwhile, DuPont will stage in-hospital trial evaluations for facilities that request it by calling (888) 383-6887.

Personna Medical

The PersonnaPlus Safety Scalpel System, which meets OSHA requirements for healthcare worker safety, uses a cartridge system featuring a clear plastic sheath that guards the user from the surgical blade when inserting it into the handle. An innovative safety tab that must be broken before the blade can be used provides added protection against accidental injury during installation or handling. Once installed, the scalpel system's thumb notch ensures easy manipulation, and its simple disposable cartridge further reduces the risk of injury. The system incorporates the PersonnaPlus MicroCoated blade that creates less drag and is available in a wide range of blade sizes and handles. The system was tested extensively in a dozen U.S. hospitals and received a 92 percent functionality rating from doctors and nurses. (800) 224-4230 or www.asrco.com/medical

Greiner

Greiner Bio-One Vacuette North America has added two new sizes and expanded production of its Safety Blood Collection Set. The new 23-gauge needle with 8-inch tubing and the new 25-gauge needle with 12-inch tubing are now available. The Vacuette Safety Blood Collection Set is a single-use, sterile, winged blood collection safety needle bonded to a flexible "low memory" tubing that is designed to prevent coiling and facilitates disposal. The winged needle is designed with a safety shield that can be activated to cover the needle immediately following venipuncture to help prevent accidental needlestick injuries. (888) 296-3883 or www.vacuette.com

3M

The Commercial Care Division of 3M introduces 23 commercial cleaning chemicals to its line of cleaning chemicals. The bulk form is a cost-effective choice for light users of commercial cleaning chemicals who do not require a chemical management system. The expanded line offers cleaning solutions for a full range of needs, including hard-floor cleaners and maintainers, degreasers, disinfectant cleaners, carpet-care chemicals, restroom cleaners, odor control and general/specialty cleaners. The new products are available in either a concentrate or a ready-to-use form. Many of the new products are available in a variety of sizes, including quart, gallon, 5-gallon and 55-gallon. The new line includes the 3M Neutral Quat Disinfectant Cleaner, an EPA-registered, hospital-grade quaternary disinfectant that kills HIV-1, MRSA, VRE, Herpes Simplex I and II and other pathogens. (800) 557-2249 or www.3M.com/commcare

Spectrum Surgical

Spectrum introduces a new and improved line of surgical instrument cleaning brushes. The wire-twisted cleaning brushes are now produced using antimicrobial nylon bristles designed to resist bacterial growth and to offer superior infection control properties. A complete line of surgical instrument cleaning brushes is available, with diameters measuring as small as 1mm and as large as 15mm, with lengths ranging from 8 inches to 31 inches. (800) 444-5644 or www.spectrumsurgical.com

Crossfield Products Corp.

Dex-O-Trex Cheminert CFS is an epoxy floor designed to provide high performance and aesthetic appeal in healthcare, institutional and industrial applications. Dex-O-Trex is a jointless flooring system that incorporates antimicrobial chemistry to control the growth of microorganisms on the floor surface. By incorporating a biocide agent designed to stop microorganisms' reproductive capacity, the floor is protected from growth of gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. Dex-O-Trex Cheminert CFS may be applied over concrete, metal, existing ceramic tile or wood substrate. (310) 886-9100 or www.dexotrex.com

Regent Medical

Regent Medical now offers healthcare workers a towelette application of Hibistat, a waterless alternative to liquid soap when routine handwashing is not possible or convenient. The combination of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol and 0.5 percent chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) is designed to provide immediate and persistent activity to reduce the chance for cross infection of patients. Users are instructed to rub hands vigorously with the towelette for about 15 seconds, paying special attention to fingernails and interdigital spaces. The emollient-based formula is designed to be gentle and non-irritating. (800) 843-8497 or www.regentmedical.com

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