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Staying Positive During the Pandemic

The good news for patients in need of outpatient surgery is that, across the country, health care providers and policymakers have recognized that elective surgery is not the same thing as optional surgery and are allowing ASCs to remain open to provide this care.

Handling of Explanted Medical Devices Addressed in AORN’s Revised Guideline for Specimen Management

SP professionals must manage explants safely and properly any time a request is made to sterilize an explanted device, such a screw, hip, plate and so on, for return to the patient.

Disinfection Methods – Straightforward or Complicated?

With all the different cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing processes that go on inside of hospitals, I find disinfection to be the most complex and complicated among them.

Steam Sterilization Standard ST79 Receives Community-Driven Update

After three years, a widely used standard in health care and industry has undergone an important update.

Covidien Sonicision Portfolio Expansion Enables Cordless Ultrasonic Dissection Device Options

Covidien has announced the expansion of its Sonicision Cordless Ultrasonic Dissection Device portfolio, following U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance of three additional device lengths: 13 cm, 26 cm and 48 cm. Covidien now offers surgeons more options when performing pediatric, urological and bariatric procedures on patients of all sizes.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared three new device shaft lengths in addition to the current 39 cm device. Covidien’s Sonicision Cordless Ultrasonic Dissection Device portfolio consists of: 13 cm, 26 cm, 39 cm and 48 cm.

“Covidien is a pioneer in developing energy-based medical devices and the Sonicision system’s groundbreaking cordless technology continues to transform how minimally invasive surgery is performed,” said Chris Barry, president, Advanced Surgical, Covidien. “These new device lengths enable surgeons to use Sonicision technology in a more diverse range of surgical procedures while avoiding the need for cords and separate generators.”

The Sonicision system gives surgeons complete freedom of movement in the operating room. Increased mobility eliminates the frustration of managing cords in a sterile field and helps to increase procedural efficiencies.

The Sonicision system is used in a wide variety of general, bariatric, colorectal, gynecological and urological surgical procedures. The device’s design allows a surgeon’s eyes to remain in the surgical field rather than on the instrument. The new device lengths allow surgeons to expand their use of the Sonicision system to an increasing number of procedures, including pediatric colectomy, splenectomy, and appendectomy.

The full cordless ultrasonic portfolio is currently available in the United States.

For more information on Sonicision products, visit covidien.com/sonicision.

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