Sterilize Surfaces With the Press of a Button
Machine pumps dry hydrogen peroxide vapor into the OR. Imagine if all you had to do to sterilize every surface in your OR was press a button. No more wipes, sprays, mops or buckets. Just wheel a 3-foot-tall, 2-foot-wide, box-like machine into the OR and activate the machine via a remote control. That's just what the VaproSure Room Sterilizer from Steris promises. The unit dehumidifies the room by injecting conditioned air, conditions it with dry hydrogen peroxide sterilization, maintains the vapor at the target concentration level to deliver enough to kill microorganisms and lets the sterilant break down into water vapor and oxygen. The whole process takes less than 10 hours. VaproSure can kill bacteria as well as viruses, fungi and spores in enclosed spaces, says Steris. The technology has been used to decontaminate post office buildings from anthrax and to sterilize hospital rooms after the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina receded, says the company. The VaproSure Room Sterilizer costs about $180,000. For more information, call (800) JIT-4-USE, visit www.steris.com or circle 167 on your Reader Service Card.
See clearly, comfortably with these LED loupes from Carl Zeiss
Surgeons will be able to see all the details in a surgical site with the EyeMag Light, which Carl Zeiss Meditec launched last month. This LED light source has two levels of brightness and can operate for up to eight hours from the portable battery supply unit. Zeiss says it attaches easily to all of the loupes in its EyeMag line. The EyeMag lists for $1,085. For more information, call (925) 557-4100, visit www.zeiss.com or circle 168 on your Reader Service Card.
Camera-equipped L-Block protects staffers without compromising the view
This L-Block features an adjustable CCD camera and a color LCD display. By using the camera, you can view the work area and change the image to make it either a wide-angle picture or a close-up picture. The shield itself has a built-in calibration chamber for staffers who are receiving or preparing doses of high-energy radionuclides such as FDG F-18. The list price for the L-Block with integral dose calibrator shield is $6,095. For more information, call (800) 224-6339, e-mail [email protected], visit www.biodex.com or circle 169 on your Reader Service Card.
Powder-free nitrile gloves have the fit, feel, sensitivity and strength of latex
SemperCare Tender Touch gloves are made from nitrile and are powder-free. They're manufactured without natural rubber and form to the natural shape of the wearer's hand for comfort, says the company. These gloves are packaged in boxes of 200; price varies by the facility and the contract with the distributor. For more information, call (800) 366-9545, visit www.sempermedusa.com or circle 170 on your Reader Service Card.
Surgical blades can clip any kind of hair to stubble
Designed for use with the 3M Surgical Clipper Model 9661, the Premium 40 Blade assembly from 3M Health Care has a cutting width of 40 millimeters. This blade cuts all types of body hair down to stubble that is only 0.5mm to 0.7mm high, says the company. It moves easily through wet or dry hair and features a pivoting head and upper cutting blade that minimizes the risk of skin trauma, adds the company. 3M declined to disclose the price. For more information, call (888) 364-3577, visit www.3m.com or circle 171 on your Reader Service Card.
Bins let you organize your agents by dosing units
The Unit Dose Bins from EPS let you organize your medications, whether they're solid, liquid or injectable, and syringes in an easy-to-access spot. These bins are made from polystyrene to resist damage and fit 36-inch wide shelves. Each features a molded cardholder in front to make identification convenient. Prices range from $3.25 to $5 for individual units; discounts are available if you purchase in cases. For more information, call (800) 323-8966, e-mail [email protected], visit www.medi-dose.com or circle 172 on your Reader Service Card.