Infection Control Today - 09/2003: TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY

Colby Manufacturing

Colby Manufacturing Corporation introduces a new absorbent pad in the SurgiSafe family of floor pads for the control of fluid waste in the OR. The new True Blue SurgiSafe pad is extra absorbent to soak up larger amounts of fluids during very wet procedures, and its fluid-barrier backing traps fluid within the absorbent material. Complete fluid containment means that the floor remains dry underneath the pad, protecting healthcare workers and decreasing OR turnover time. The backing is designed to be skid-resistant, thus reducing slip hazards. (800) 969-3718

Sandel Medical Industries

The disposable Weighted Safety Scalpel is weighted for the same feel and look as reusable handle scalpels. Complying with OSHA requirements, the scalpel is designed to protect healthcare personnel during sharps transfer and provides the safest method for passing the scalpel during a surgical procedure that is comfortable for the surgeons and does not interfere with their preferred technique. The scalpel is available in both weighted and nonweighted versions. (866) 764-3327 or www.sandelmedical.com

Nextteq, LLC

PiezOptic is a revolutionary dosimeter badge gas detection system able to detect even the smallest levels of glutaraldehyde. PiezOptic makes it easy to monitor daily occupational exposure levels for personnel who work with or within the vicinity of toxic gases and vapors. The PiezOptic system consists of small passive dosimeter badges and a generic reader. The badges are simple, lightweight, cost-effective and disposable, eliminating re-use inaccuracies. They are available to take both short-term and long-term exposures and have a measuring range of 5-100 ppb. By inserting the badge into the reader, the user obtains instantaneous, quantitative results. No special expertise, training or preparation is required. PiezOptic Glutaraldehyde TWA badges provide a longer sampling time than OSHAs analytical air sampling methods and do not require an extra sample to complete an eight-hour test (877) 312-2333 or www.nextteq.com

Trademark Medical

Blade-Safe is designed to safely remove surgical blades from scalpel handles while providing a method for safe disposal of used surgical blades. Blade-Safe is for use with blades up to and including size #20 on reusable #3 and #4 handles only. Blade-Safe is available in bulk or packaged singly as either sterile or nonsterile. (800) 325-9044 or www.trademarkmedical.com

Sempermed Offers Premium Powdered Surgical Glove

Sempermed has designed the Sempermed DERMA plus Powdered Surgical Glove with the specialized needs of the surgeon in mind. DERMA plus delivers comfort, barrier protection and value. DERMA plus offers the comfort and ease of donning for both wet and dry hands. The broader, anatomical design of DERMA plus allows for an excellent fit while reducing hand fatigue. The micro-rough surface offers sensitivity and a safe grip, wet or dry. The beaded cuff increases strength and protection. With a low AQL Value of 1.0, DERMA plus affords optimum safety. (800) 366-9545 or www.sempermedusa.com

Ecolab Inc.

The new Huntington brand Endure 320 Advanced Care Waterless Antimicrobial Hand Rinse with Moisturizers is formulated to provide advanced mildness, efficacy and skin protection. The formula is based on 62 percent ethyl alcohol along with a lotion base containing advanced emollients and skin conditioners to keep skin feeling smooth and soft. Endure 320 complies with the CDCs Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Setting and is compatible with CHG, lotions and latex gloves. www.ecolab.com

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