This post is a sidebar to our April 2014 feature on Safety Products.
Saf De-Cap protects personnel from aerosol and splash when removing caps on blood tubes and when breaking open ampules. For blood tubes, the translucent, pliant Saf De-Cap is placed over the cap, gripped, and the top is popped off. For ampules, Saf De-Cap is placed over the top of the ampule before it is snapped open. Splashing of the blood or ampule contents to the technicians’ eyes is diminished, and any glass breakage does not rip gloves open. Gloves remain clean after using the Saf De-Cap, thus reducing glove changes; cross contamination from gloved hands to equipment, keyboards, switches, and other surfaces is greatly reduced. Saf De-Cap is safer than paper towels or gauze because it is impervious to blood, specimens, and solvents. Applicable in clinical and research labs and blood banks, Saf De-Cap is manufactured by Current Technologies, Crawfordsville, Ind, a certified woman-owned small business, and is available through many healthcare distributors.
The S-Monovette Safety Venous Blood Collection System from Sarstedt, Newton, NC, is an enclosed multiple-sampling blood-collection system designed with safety in mind. All tubes are plastic with screw caps, which minimizes the risk of breakage and aerosol formation when caps are removed. The screw caps feature a thin, recessed membrane that is easy to puncture and protects users from residual blood droplets.
S-Monovette tubes connect securely to Sarstedt’s Safety Needle via a three-pin locking mechanism. In addition to a fixed needle protector to cover the front needle immediately after use, the Safety Needle’s small integral holder protects users from the back end of the needle as well.
Depending on individual vein condition, users can manipulate the S-Monovette to perform either a vacuum or a gentle aspiration collection. As a result, no sample transfers are required, and winged-tip needle use is minimized.
Purair Sky ceiling-mounted filtration units from Air Science USA, Fort Myers, Fla, are designed to protect laboratory personnel and the environment in areas where hazardous substances are handled.
Central to the design of the Purair Sky Series is the Air Science Multiplex Filtration system and Air Science Enhanced Filtration Technology (EFT), developed to ensure universal protection in the work environment over the widest range of applications within the industry.
The Purair Sky has a dynamic filtration chamber with a sliding filter clamp that allows for simple, quick filter changes. Units come with an epoxy-coated steel support frame with LED lighting, wall-mounted controls, and an electrostatic pre-filter. Two models are available.
PDI, based in Orangeburg, NY, announced changes to the Super Sani-Cloth Germicidal Disposable Wipes Master Label, including EPA acceptance on kill claims for three key microorganisms: Bordetella pertussis, Enterobacter cloacae (NDM-1 positive), and Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC-2 positive, multi-drug and carbapenem resistant). The formulation of Super-Sani Cloth has not changed. Additional label enhancements include listing isopropyl alcohol as an active ingredient and improved language in directions for use.
Super Sani-Cloth is tested effective against 30 microorganisms with a contact time of 2 minutes, making it ideal for fast-paced environments that require quick room turnover. It is formulated to serve as a house-wide solution for disinfecting high-touch, nonporous surfaces, it is compatible with a broad range of equipment, and it is available in multiple sizes.
The Sani-Cloth line from PDI brand of surface disinfecting wipes in healthcare includes Super Sani-Cloth, Sani-Cloth AF3, and Sani-Cloth Bleach. With PDI’s range of compliance tools, ongoing clinical support and comprehensive implementation training for staff, the Sani-Cloth Environmental Hygiene system offers a complete solution for house-wide and situational use.