Infection Control Products
According to the CDC, an estimated 1.7 million healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) are reported annually and cost almost $30.5 billion. Reducing the spread of germs and bacteria is critical to eliminating HAIs. Everything from surgical instruments to stethoscopes should be cleaned and sterilized. Unfortunately, manually cleaning each item that comes in contact with your patients is an extremely time-consuming task. But with the help of these four infection control products – the Tempest automated washer, the Storm ultrasonic cleaner, and the UV Flash cabinet – you can clean more items and do it more efficiently in less time.
Infection Control Product #1: Endoscope Storage Cabinets
In the United States from 2010-2014 there were 3.1 million endoscopic procedures completed. And in an article from USA Today about endoscopes linked to an outbreak of superbugs, William Rutala, a professor of infectious disease stated, “Today we are not ensuring patient safety because some percentage of scopes, 10 to 30 percent, are contaminated. Doing nothing is not an option.”
One way to do something is to properly store and dry your endoscopes after sterilization. And you can do that with one of our endoscope cabinets. These cabinets are specially designed to meet every requirement laid out in the AAMI-ST91 standards. (Learn more about our endoscope cabinets here.)
Infection Control Product #2: The Tempest Automated Washer
Because minimally invasive surgical procedures are less costly for patients, as their hospital stay is much shorter, more and more medical facilities are using this technique. Of course as the surgical instruments used for these procedures are getting more and more sophisticated, they’re also becoming much harder to clean. The Tempest automated washer solves this problem.
The Tempest uses automated cleaning technology to cover 2 manual processes and 2 automated processes in one high-powered machine. The Tempest acts as both a washer and a disinfector to offer consistent results that simply cannot be duplicated manually. The Tempest uses a combination of high-powered, tested, and proven washing actions: ultrasonics, enzymatic soaks, agitation, exterior and interior sprays, and air injection bubble cavitation stream. (Click here to watch a video and learn more about this innovative infection control product.)
Infection Control Product #3: Storm Ultrasonic Cleaner
An ultrasonic cleaner is a relatively simple device that uses the energy of high frequency sound waves to achieve the required cleaning. Although simple, the cleaning system requires full submersion of the surgical instruments below the water line in the tank to be effective. The Storm ultrasonic cleaner is large enough to accommodate everything including the longest, largest, and smallest surgical instruments on the market. (Click here to read about the features of this infection control product.)
Infection Control Product #4: UV Flash Cabinet
One of the most common ways HAIs are spread is through surfaces that are constantly touched (ex. stethoscopes, oximeters, blood pressure cuffs, etc). Hand washing isn’t enough; it’s time to invest in infection control products that will help to stop the spread.
Ultraviolet light has a C wavelength (specifically 254nm) that breaks apart molecular bonds of DNA to destroy the germ. There is no microorganism that is resistant to ultraviolet light, including superbugs such as S. aureus, C. difficile, and A. baumannii.
The UV Flash Cabinet harnesses this ultraviolet light to eliminate potentially harmful pathogenic microorganisms from objects that are placed inside of it. In just 60 seconds, objects placed inside the cabinet including stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, pens, magazines, and more will be disinfected. While ultraviolet light is not a new concept for killing bacteria, the combination of ultraviolet light with the highly polished, mirror finish interior chamber makes the UV Flash Cabinet unique for preventing the spread of bacteria and germs. (Learn how to use the UV Flash Cabinet here.)
Infection Control Product #5:
Surgical Instrument Blue Wrap Kits
It costs hospitals up to $400 for every minute that surgery is stalled. Too often, this is caused by tears in sterile instrument kits, which then have to be re-sterilized. This costs time and money in addition to raising the risk for HAIs. And the best way to control HAIs is preventing them from happening in the first place.
Blue wrap kits are part of a complete sterile storage system that reduces manual handling of instrument wraps from when they're sterilized until they enter the operating room. Stainless steel perforation-safe platforms provide breathability to allow kits to dry and prevents any tearing caused by protruding wires. (Click here to see how the whole sterile instrument kit storage system works in action.)
Contact Us for Infection Control Products for Your Hospital
Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for each of these innovative infection control products. SSG will even provide a free consultation to determine your exact needs before the design process begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.