OR Today keeps readers updated on the newest medical devices and products. Sealed Air Diversey Care’s Carolyn Cooke, Vice President Healthcare, North America, recently took some time to share more about health care needs and solutions.
Q: What role does Sealed Air Diversey Care play in health care?
Cooke: Diversey Care’s Solutions Designed for Healthcare™ offers an integrated approach targeted to reduce the risk of HAIs, improve outcomes and satisfaction, and safely and sustainably enhance a facility’s image. Our solutions can be categorized as those that help prevent infection, those that help improve image, and those that help improve productivity. To learn more, visit www.sealedair.com.
Q: What are solutions Diversey Care provides?
Cooke: The Sealed Air Diversey Care division offers a broad range of products from disinfectants and cleaning validation systems to cleaning equipment, work stations and tools that enable us to provide an integrated solution that addresses infection prevention, facility/brand image and staff productivity.
As experts in the arena of cleaning and disinfection, we understand the challenges faced by health care facilities. Our sales and service team is comprised of dedicated health care experts who work with customers to assess their current programs, identify opportunities and implement solutions that help them achieve their goals. Whether it is improvements in compliance, patient safety, productivity, speed of turnover, or patient and staff satisfaction, Diversey Care can help design an integrated solution to address a facility’s needs.
Q: What do you see as the biggest challenges in cleaning and disinfection in operating rooms?
Cooke: The biggest challenge is ensuring that the quality standards required to protect patients and staff are not compromised with the need to increase the speed of OR turnover.
Q: How can Diversey Care help facilities be most effective in improving results?
Cooke: At Sealed Air Diversey Care, it is our goal to ensure that our products, tools and training can help deliver on both the quality and speed requirements in the OR. Our systematic approach to cleaning includes fast, broad spectrum disinfectants that enable staff to address the key pathogens of concern in just one minute along with labor-saving tools and equipment that can improve results while allowing staff to work safely and effectively. We couple this with best-in-class procedures and training tools that can enable staff to execute effectively. Our procedures have the AORN Seal of Recognition, and have demonstrated success in helping our customers standardize processes and improve results. Finally, we encourage facilities to measure cleaning and disinfection results and provide feedback to staff to drive continuous improvement in process and results.
Q: What are your company’s core competencies and unique selling points?
Cooke: Diversey Care’s focus on the health care sector is incorporated in all aspects of the business, from research and development, marketing, and application expertise to sales and service professionals. This enables Diversey Care to invest its resources in product and process innovation which is designed to deliver the lowest total cost for customers.
Diversey Care representatives have all been trained to look at the total program of a facility including its processes, products, training and validation programs. They understand what can go wrong in cleaning and disinfection, and how to address the risk. By looking at all dimensions of the programs, Diversey Care representatives can help ensure that AORN-recommended practices are introduced, that the most efficient and effective products are being used, and that implementation and monitoring programs are supported with customized training materials and a validation system.
Finally, sustainability is incorporated in our DNA. From more sustainable packaging, to super concentrates used with dilution control equipment, to systems designed to use less energy, chemicals and water, we have a legacy of ensuring our products and practices reduce environmental impact both internally, and within our customers’ environments.
Q: What product or service that your company offers are you most excited about right now?
Cooke: We have two very interesting products that can really improve the performance of operating room staff. The first is our Oxivir® Tb Wipes, which is powered by Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide (AHP®) technology. Oxivir Tb wipes are effective against a broad spectrum of pathogens, in just one minute. The second is our range of TASKI® machines and tools. TASKI machines, work stations, and tools are designed to increase the speed and efficiency of any job, decreasing turnover times. Even better, the ergonomic design puts less strain on workers, and enables them to get more done on each shift, while reducing fatigue. Our recent addition of the TASKISUM™ disposable mopping system is another tool to aid in fast OR turnover.
Q: What is on the horizon for your company? How will it evolve in the coming years?
Cooke: At Sealed Air Diversey Care, we continue to work on innovative solutions that will create a safer environment for patients and staff. Most of these innovation discoveries look at the overall cost of a process, and seek to reduce labor, inefficiencies and risk. It is all about optimizing outcomes!
Q: Is there anything else you want OR Today readers to know about your company?
Cooke: Sealed Air Diversey Care is very focused on helping customers address the risks in creating safe and satisfying environments of care. We understand that every facility has unique challenges and needs, and by working together closely, our goal is to jointly understand these risks, and find solutions that help address them and achieve positive change toward quality improvement or cost control.
For information, about Sealed Air go to www.sealedair.com