Applied Medical, headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif, has developed the GelPort Hand Access Device to combine the patient outcomes of minimally invasive surgery with the speed and precision of open surgery. The GelPort Hand Access Laparoscope allows a surgeon and endosuite team to insert a hand into the operative field through a small incision. The team can then identify and move structures, explore the body cavity, facilitate dissection, guide laparoscopic instruments, and suture and remove specimens. Tactile feel and spatial awareness are reportedly restored, while visualization is enhanced.
Bemis NO-POKES Safety Device
Bemis Health Care Products Group, based in Sheboygan Falls, Wis, has released a new safety device designed to prevent needlesticks. The NO-POKES device was created to minimize needlestick accidents by giving healthcare workers (HCWs) a safe place to "park" a needle in a cap while starting an IV or performing other single-handed procedures. The wax-like substance can hold several capped needles. Afterward, the device and the recapped needles can be placed in sharps disposal containers. NO-POKES is small and has a self-adhesive back to secure the container during use.
Potential applications include: IV starts, using aseptic techniques, peripheral arterial procedures, radial artery blood sampling, catheter insertion for pressure monitoring, and hemodialysis.
The device was developed and patented by M. Lou Marsh, MD, medical director and chief of anesthesia at HealthSouth's Frost Street Surgery Center in San Diego, Calif.
Ener-G Foods Inc., Restrictive Diet Items
In 1962, Ener-G Food officials created their first low-protein products for renal pre-dialysis patients. Today, the company provides wheat, gluten, protein, egg, and dairy free products for patients undergoing different procedures who are on a specific diet. Ener-G Foods are also guaranteed to have a 1-year shelf life without refrigeration. Their bakers guarantee no contamination from gluten. Several food items offered from the company include: the Seattle brown loaf (gluten, wheat, and dairy free), brownies (gluten and wheat free), and Sour Do baguettes (gluten and wheat free).
According to officials at ESCO, Trilobite disposable biopsy forceps provide positive tactile feel with an improved handle design, smooth cutting action, and effortless finger control for HCWs. While other forceps on the market may have problems with jaw damage caused by excessive force being applied to the thumb ring, the Trilobite has a unique handle that eliminates this potentially damaging possibility. Trilobite forceps are single use, sterile, and disposable, which can help eliminate any chances of cross-contamination from reuse.
Karl Storz Tricam Parafocal Zoom Camera
Engineers at Karl Storz Endoscopy have reportedly created the world's smallest three-chip camera--the Tricam Parafocal Zoom Camera. The autoclavable camera head features 1.2 megapixel imaging technology with crisp, clean imaging. The device weighs 6.1 ounces and is 33% lighter than previous models. The camera has an ergonomic design with focus and zoom, redesigned button positions, and a new cable exit angle. The camera is 114 mm in length.
Karl Storz GmbH & Co. is based in Tuttlingen, Germany.
Kimberly-Clark HealthTouch Glove
A new Safeskin exam glove from Kimberly-Clark features a coating of vitamin E and aloe to improve hand health. The powder-free latex exam glove is specifically for HCWs who are experiencing hand dryness. Based in Roswell, Ga, Kimberly-Clark began offering exam gloves after acquiring Safeskin last year.
Based in Tempe, Ariz, the Medi-Globe Corporation has created a new flexible endoscope stiffening guide wire called the Stiffy. The wire is used to aid physicians while advancing flexible endoscopes during procedures when additional endoscope rigidity is required. The Stiffy also aids in stent placement.
The guide wire is an endoscope-safe and reportedly cost-effective method to enhance most flexible endoscopes. It consists of a reusable aluminum handle and a smooth, flexible stainless tell-guide wire that achieves various levels of rigidity.
The wire is available in different diameters and lengths, and is reportedly compatible with all currently marketed flexible endoscopes with mid-to-large diameter working channels.
Medical Replacement Parts Inc., Scope Seal
Development team members at Medical Replacement Parts Inc., wanted to come up with a solution to the inconvenient downtime required to repair small leaks in flexible endoscopes. Scope Seal was created to seal small leaks temporarily on any scope up to .005 mm in diameter. While the thermal resistant medical device adhesive is not recommended for large cracks, it did receive USP Class IV certification, and hemolysis and cytotoxicity testing. Included with the purchase of a .70-oz. tube of the adhesive are applicator push pins and a training video.
Oridion Smart CapnoLine O2
Oridion Medical, based in Jerusalem, Israel, has designed the Smart CapnoLine O2 End-Tidal CO2 circuit to help monitor the breathing of non-intubated patients. The circuit samples the point of ventilation, whether the patient is breathing through the mouth or nose. The sample uses these factors to produce a reportedly crisp, continuous waveform, and accurate data. Unlike similar devices that experience dilution, the Smart CapnoLine O2 peforms patient sampling with minimal clinician intervention.
The device is available in two product designs. Smart CapnoLine O2 delivers oxygen to the patient while monitoring exhaled CO2 from oral and/or nasal ventilation. SmartCapnoLine monitors exhaled CO2 from oral and/or nasal ventilation, ensuring an accurate CO2 value and a crisp capnogram.
PCI Medical Fume Hoods for Automated Reprocessors
PCI Medical engineers have developed custom GUS systems that enclose existing automated reprocessing equipment. The innovation accommodates Olympus, Medivators, Custom Ultrasonics, ASP, and Steris systems. With the fume hood, HCWs are not exposed to fumes from glutaraldehyde, OPA, and peracetic acid during the reprocessing cycle. The GUS system uses a carbon filter to draw fumes away from the operator while clean air is returned via a top outlet.
Sporicidin Sterilizing Solution
Officials at Sporicidin, based in Rockville, MD, have created a sterilizing solution that reportedly has a 100% kill with 1% glutaraldehyde. According to company officials, this is the lowest amount of any FDA-cleared sterilant. The solution has a phenol/phenate buffer that creates a synergistic effect, enhancing the efficacy of the glutaraldehyde. This sterilization system reportedly offers the fastest high-level disinfection soaking time--taking 20 minutes to sterilize hospital instruments.
The solution can be reused for 14 days.
Utech Products' EndoSoft
Computer programmers at Utech Products have designed EndoSoft Works to help endoscopy suite members with report generation, nursing documentation, and image and data management. The software reportedly compiles high-quality endoscopy reports quickly. Healthcare workers can capture images, create and customize consent forms, and use pre-endoscopy evaluations, endoscopy reports, referring physician letters, post-procedure notes, pathology requisition, discharge instructions, and nursing documentation. Each of these are stored in a searchable database.
Reports can be printed on a laser printer with standard paper--reducing mavigraph paper and transcription costs.