Archive New Products for Surgery 2007

Infection Control

From the incision site to central processing, there's something here to battle SSIs.

The simple term "infection prevention" includes a seemingly endless list of small tasks: disinfecting instruments, documenting sterilization, prepping patients' skin, complying with hand hygiene protocols. It's even more frustrating when you consider that no one aspect of prevention comes with an iron-clad guarantee to decrease the risk of surgical site infections in your facility.

But manufacturers appear to be taking steps to help make infection prevention not only more effective, but easier: They've found ways to automate manual cleaning; they've made testing methods faster; they've made hand hygiene and disinfection products more convenient to dispense and use. Read on to learn about the latest products in the battle against SSIs.

- Daniel Johnson, RN

Attest Rapid 5 Steam Plus Test Pack
(800) 228-3957
List price: Not disclosed

If you want a quick, easy way to comply with recommended practices for monitoring steam sterilized implant loads, 3M has an answer. The Attest Rapid 5 Steam Plus Test Pack includes the 3M Attest 1292 Rapid Readout Biological Indicator, which provides results in three hours (compared with 24 hours for conventional BIs), and the Comply SteriGage moving front Class 5 integrating indicator, which provides immediate results and does not require color interpretation. The speed of these readings lets you quarantine every implant load as recommended until all results are available, while decreasing the incidence of delays.

Advanced Sterilization Products
EvoTech Endoscope Cleaner and Reprocessor
(888) 783-7723
List price: Not disclosed

The first all-in-one washer and disinfector system for flexible endoscopes is now available, and an entire cycle takes just 30 minutes. The FDA has cleared the EvoTech for use with Advanced Sterilization Products' Cidex OPA Concentrate high-level disinfectant and Cidezyme GI enzymatic detergent. The machine's automated washing process replaces manual cleaning, which could help prevent healthcare-acquired infections; the standard, repeatable process meets or exceeds professional society guidelines for manual cleaning, says ASP. The EvoTech also checks for leaks and blockages at each cycle's start and conclusion; monitors channels independently for channel blockage and disconnection; and verifies cycle parameters to document each step of the process.

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