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Getinge Group, a leading global provider of products and systems that contribute to quality enhancement and cost efficiency within healthcare and life sciences, announced that it has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Ultra Clean Systems, Inc., an Oldsmar, Fla.-based manufacturer of precision-made ultrasonic cleaning systems for surgical instruments. Under the terms of the agreement, Getinge Group will distribute the full line of Ultra Clean Systems' hospital-grade ultrasonic cleaning equipment, as well as accessories and the validated detergent for cleaning Intuitive Surgical® da Vinci® robotic instruments, to healthcare facilities in the United States and Canada. Getinge Group will also provide service and support for all installed Ultra Clean Systems equipment.
Ultrasonic cleaning of surgical instruments following patient use is one of the first lines of defense for removing infectious debris and tissue. Sterile processing departments are increasingly using ultrasonic cleaning because of the growth in the use of complex surgical instruments and da Vinci robotic instruments; growing compliance with instructions for use (IFU) due to JHACO and AAMI standards; and the shift from hand cleaning to more automated solutions.
"Ensuring patient and technician safety at healthcare facilities is one of our highest priorities," said Raoul Quintero, President of the Americas at Getinge Group. "With this large-scale distribution partnership, we will now be able to expand our offering by supplementing our existing ultrasonic cleaner with robust, versatile, timesaving, energy-efficient solutions from Ultra Clean Systems. Ultra Clean Systems' state-of-the-art surgical instrument cleaning systems have many benefits and are validated by Intuitive Surgical to clean its full line of da Vinci robotic instruments. With this agreement, sterile processing departments throughout the U.S. and Canada can now access all of their ultrasonic cleaning equipment from a single source."
"This partnership with Getinge Group will expand the use of our ultrasonic cleaning systems at medical centers throughout the Americas," said Becky Cale, president of Ultra Clean Systems. "Our goal is to further advance the field of sterile processing with more efficient products through constant research and innovation. This partnership will help us strengthen our research and development initiatives."
Under the agreement, Getinge will distribute all six ultrasonic systems, including the Triton 36 and Triton 72 models validated to clean robotic instruments with the capacity to clean four to six trays of instruments simultaneously. These ultrasonic cleaning machines have been proven to remove more than 99 percent of harmful debris from laparoscopic instruments. Premium stainless steel wire mesh trays and lids, custom trays for processing da Vinci instruments, disposable filters, detergents, and accessories for reprocessing lumens are included in the agreement.
Source: Getinge Group