Online publication assists with OSHA compliance
J. J. Keller & Associates Inc., provider of safety and regulatory compliance solutions, has introduced OSHA Compliance for Healthcare — a new publication to help healthcare safety professionals comply with the complex OSHA regulations that apply to their work environments. Focusing on employer responsibilities, the publication explains the OSHA requirements that apply to the healthcare industry, including inspections, training provisions and recordkeeping requirements. It features customizable safety plans, checklists and forms, as well as FAQs, implementation tips and summaries to aid in understanding of the regulations. The publication’s topics cover bloodborne pathogens, emergency planning/response, laboratories, patient handling, radiation, sanitation, tuberculosis, signs and marking, walking-working surfaces and 39 more critical topics. The online publication provides access from anywhere, using a web browser and mobile device. An update service is available to ensure that healthcare safety professionals can stay current with any changes to applicable OSHA regulations.
Office supplies, furniture, cleaning products and technology
Office Depot provides healthcare organizations with complete, comprehensive solutions ranging from furniture, cleaning products, break room-supplies, technology and more. Whether a healthcare system needs to furnish a single facility or multiple locations, they can choose from a wide variety of furniture options to meet specific needs. To help reduce infections and readmission rates, Office Depot sells EPA-registered products such as Clorox Germicidal Cleaners and provides facilities with first-hand training for healthcare cleaning staff. Office technology solutions such as electronic file conversion, virtual desktop and backup services are also available to help organizations stay on the leading edge of care, improve efficiencies and increase employee and patient satisfaction.
Single-use, high-level disinfectant chemistry
CS Medical received recent FDA 510(k) clearance for its new single-use, high-level disinfectant chemistry for the TD 100 Automated TEE Ultrasound Probe Disinfector. The high-level disinfectant TD-8 is OPA based and delivers a 5-minute high-level disinfection for TEE probes. The disinfectant will operate in the TD 100 identically to TD-5. TD-8 has been tested to effectively kill potentially harmful microorganisms without damaging the TEE probe. Since the TD 100 uses a fresh TD-8 bottle for each disinfection cycle; the need for continuous MRC testing is eliminated.
Medication delivery cart system
Humanscale Healthcare’s MedLink is a new innovative medication delivery solution that streamlines complex nursing workflows and complements bedside medication administration to reduce errors and improve outcomes. MedLink reduces human errors and facilitates a closed-loop medication system while supporting and improving a variety of workflows, and aiding pharmacy efficiency and compliance. Features include secure, closed-loop medication control with auto-closing and patient-assigned drawers that lock/unlock individually via the system’s software for ultimate security; electronic drawer labeling; bar code scanning; multiple drawer configurations; Power Track steering to navigate tight spaces, corridors and turns with one-hand operation; and Auto Fit technology that instantly adjusts to each caregiver’s height with a single touch.
Cardiac transducer for smart-device ultrasound
Royal Philips has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA to market its S4-1 cardiac transducer for Lumify, its smart-device diagnostic ultrasound solution. The pocket-sized S4-1 transducer offers advanced sensitivity and exceptional high-resolution 2D image quality, along with new exam pre-sets, allowing clinicians to quickly triage and assess their patients. The Lumify app and all three transducers (L12-4, C5-2, and S4-1) completed rigorous environmental and durability testing to ensure reliability for emergency, critical care, and ambulance use. Lumify also uses cloud-enabled technology to connect with PACS, shared networks and system directories. Data will be accessible on the Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform, an open and secure, cloud-based IT infrastructure, allowing clinicians and health systems access to powerful data and analytics to help improve patient care.
Medical Monitor Combines 4K and 3D Imaging
New Sony medical monitors now combine 4K and 3D imaging technologies, delivering high brightness, enhanced resolution and increased depth of field for a range of medical applications. The 55-inch and 31-inch monitors are designed for use with surgical microscopes and 3D endoscopes in operating rooms as well as medical facilities for training and education. The monitors display 2D and 3D content in 4K or HD, and are designed to reproduce the same level of image quality currently found in 4K/3D endoscopes and other compatible medical tools. They display signals in HD and 4K and are compatible with SDI (3G), DVI and HDMI terminals. In addition to providing side-by-side, line-by-line and top and bottom imaging, the 3D transmission method allows SDI dual streaming in the case of HD 3D, making it possible to connect with a wide range of equipment in 3D.