Infection Control Today - 10/2002: TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY

Hardy Diagnostics

Hardy Diagnostics offers hand care products for laboratory professionals. AloeGuard antimicrobial soap is formulated to be effective against a variety of microorganisms while remaining gentle to skin. AloeSoothe moisturizing lotion is created to seal out harsh irritants, rehydrate and promote healing of damaged skin. It is latex friendly. AloeGuard No-Rinse brings together the benefits of the antimicrobial soap and moisturizing lotion into a single waterless formula, killing microorganisms and not drying to the skin like alcohol gels. (800) 266-2222 ;or www.hardydiagnostics.com 

Healthmark Industries Co.

Healthmark introduces three products for storage and cleaning of instrument cleaning brushes. The brush storage rack is made of clear Plexiglas, stores several brushes and mounts to any wall surface. The brush soak tray, designed to be mounted below the storage rack, allows shorter and longer brushes to be submerged in cleaning solution. The wash basket for instrument cleaning accommodates various lengths of brushes and prevents them from falling out, while still allowing proper washing of contents. Its stainless steel tube measures 26 inches long by 3 inches wide, with one-sixteenth-inch diameter perforations. (800) 521-6224 or www.hmark.com

Sempermed

Sempermed offers its new Polymed exam glove. Polymed differs from other copolymer exam gloves due to of its "fusion" bonding of latex and synthetic polymers. This creates a multi-layer glove that combines the elasticity of latex and the strength of copolymers, which protects against cracking and/or peeling in normal usage. Polymed contains 50 micrograms or less of total water extractable proteins per gram, which significantly reduces the potential for allergic reactions. (800) 366-9545 or www.sempermedusa.com

Precision Dynamics Corp. (PDC)

PDC introduces its Securline Redi+Wash Thermal Warming Pouch for use with the Redi+Wash total body cleansing system. Designed to maintain the warmth pre-heated Redi+Wash packs for approximately one hour or at room temperature for several hours afterward, the pouch is constructed of a vinyl outer layer with foam insulation. Each pouch can hold up to four, pre-heated eight-cloth packs at a time. (800) 772-1122 or www.pdcorp.com

SPSmedical

The Patient Record Card by SPSmedical is utilized for tracking sterilized products directly to the patient on which they were used. The cards are taped to the outside of every package and a lot control sticker is attached to the card. The OR then separates it at the perforation and places it on the patient's chart. The Patient Record Card (PRC-250) can be ordered through SPSmedical's authorized distributors nationwide. For the SPSmedical distributor in your area, call (800) 722-1529.

Ansell Healthcare

Ansell's second-generation neoprene surgical gloves, Derma Prene Ultra, provide superior fit and feel compared to some other traditional synthetic gloves.

Ansell Healthcare, a world leader in medical glove innovation, announces the addition of Derma Prene Ultra Synthetic Powder-Free Surgical Gloves to their comprehensive line of hand barrier protection. Derma Prene Ultra is specially formulated with a blend of second-generation neoprenes, which create a molecularly cross-linked synthetic film that provides all the features of latex while helping eliminate exposure to glove-related latex protein. (800) 321-9752 or www.ansellhealthcare.com

Bemis Manufacturing Company

Bemis Health Care Products Group introduces Vac-U-Station, a safe and economical means to dispose of suction canister contents. Used in conjunction with Bemis Vac-U-Port, Vac-U-Station reduces the risk to healthcare professionals from splattering, spilling and aerosolization of infectious waste fluids. Vac-U-Port canisters are designed to sit securely on Vac-U-Station's patented drainage port, and a window allows the operator to make certain the contents are completely drained. Canisters are available in three sizes: 1200 cc, 2000 cc and 3000 cc. (800) 558-7651 or www.bemismfg.com

AirClean Systems

Glutra-Mats from AirClean Systems are designed for spill and vapor control, wherever glutaraldehyde-based disinfectants are opened, used or poured. The mats are glutaraldehyde-specific and dry, so they can pull vapors from the air and neutralize them. (800) 849-0472 or www.aircleansystems.com

Cell Robotics, Inc.

The Clinical Lasette Plus is a needle-free laser fingerstick device designed to be a compact, lightweight, portable crystal laser device that weighs less than 9 ounces. The FDA-approved Lasette provides a safer device to evaluate for compliance with the requirements of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act when performing fingersticks.

A single pulse of laser light is used to perforate the finger in obtaining a capillary blood sample. To prevent cross-contamination, the Lasette is a single-use disposable. The Lasette's FDA clearance allows for drawing capillary blood samples used in chemistry screens such as glucose, cholesterol, electrolytes, lipids, CBC and prothrombin.

The Lasette is the only "Primary Prevention Device" listed by National Alliance of Primary Prevention of Sharp Injuries (NAPPSI.org) in the lancet category (devices that do not use "sharps"). Other advantages include reduced risk management concerns and increased patient comfort. www.cellrobotics.com or e-mail lasette@cellrobotics.com

Healthmark Industries Co.

Absorbent tray liners from Healthmark are designed to be used next to delicate instruments during sterilization, absorbing and dispersing condensate for evaporation. The liners are produced from pure cellulose wood pulp, manufactured with low chloride and suphate content and free from optical dyes. (800) 521-6224 or www.hmark.com

Healthmark Industries Co.

The ProFormance automated instrument washer test provides sterile processing professionals with a consistent, repeatable and reliable method for evaluating the cleaning effectiveness of their automated instrument washer. The test soil is manufactured to exacting specifications, and when coated on the stainless steel plate, the ProFormance mimics the dried blood residue found on dirty instruments. (800) 521-6224 or visit www.proformance.com

Becton Dickinson

BD introduces its new BD Vacutainer Plus Plastic Citrate Tube, a clinically proven solution for all routine coagulation testing, providing both patient and healthcare worker safety. As the inventor of evacuated blood collection tubes with decades of medical device manufacturing and clinical expertise, BD fully understands the criticality of coagulation testing. Extensive clinical studies were performed with both normal and abnormal patients on numerous coagulation analyzers to ensure that the new plastic citrate tube demonstrates clinical equivalence to the 4.5mL BD Vacutainer glass citrate tube. The outer portion of the tube is made of shatter-resistant PET material. The inner surface of the tube is polypropylene, a non-activating surface that has been clinically proven to provide accurate and precise results to ensure patient safety. The design allows for a 2.7mL and a 1.8mL draw volume to be incorporated into a full draw 13x75mm, automation friendly tube size. www.bd.com

Trademark Medical

Trademark Medical provides a new dispenser box for its Redi-Temp Liquid Crystal Thermometer. The dispenser box attaches to anesthesia machines or hospital beds, dispensing one thermometer at a time. (800) 325-9044 or www.trademarkmedical.com

Aplicare

Lacrosse Antiseptic Alcohol Gel from Aplicare is designed to be used between hand washings, killing pathogenic microorganisms without the need for water. The gel contains conditioners and emollients to minimize skin irritation and offset the drying effects of alcohol. The Lacrosse Antiseptic Alcohol Gel comes in a mild herbal fragrance and various sizes, including a 4-ounce bottle that fits in uniform pockets or lab coats. (800) 760-3236 www.aplicare.com

Consolidated Stills and Sterilizers

The patented Consolidated Bug Buster uses a high-efficiency filter to remove bacteria from the purged air of steam sterilizers. It can be factory installed on new Consolidated sterilizers or retrofitted to many existing units regardless of the manufacturer. (617) 782-6072 or visit www.consteril.com

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