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‘Eye-opening’ OR Webinar Receives High Marks

The February 20 OR Today webinar sponsored by RepScrubs was described as “very interesting” and “eye-opening” by more than one attendee. The session “OR Food for Thought – LITERALLY! What Are We Bringing Into Our ORs and Why?” was presented by Dr. John Kutz, FACS,...

Study: UV Technology Raises the Standard in Disinfecting ORs

Ultraviolet (UV) technology developed by the New York-based firm PurpleSun Inc. eliminates more than 96 percent of pathogens in operating rooms (ORs) and on medical equipment, compared to 38 percent using manual cleaning methods that rely on chemicals to disinfect...

Agiliti Acquires Mobile Instrument Service & Repair Inc.

Agiliti Inc. has acquired Mobile Instrument Service & Repair Inc., the third largest provider, by revenue, of surgical equipment repair services to the U.S. health care industry. The transaction was priced at 11x the company’s 2019 Adjusted EBITDA. “Mobile...

Northwell to Open 4 Cardiac Catheterization Labs

Three Northwell Health facilities – Lenox Health Greenwich Village, Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson and Plainview Hospital – have received approval this month from the New York State Health and Health Planning Council to establish cardiac catheterization labs,...

Ecolab’s New Drapes Help Hospitals Reduce Environmental Impact

Ecolab introduces Genesys, a new line of plastic drapes and waste bags featuring technology that speeds the breakdown of material into primary organic matter when disposed of in biologically active landfills. The products do not need to be separated from other waste material.

“Hospitals are making meaningful commitments to protect the health of their communities by becoming better stewards of the environment,” said Andrew Gaillard, Ecolab Global Healthcare’s vice president of marketing. “The Genesys line of surgical drapes and waste bags are designed to help hospitals protect patients and staff from infections acquired in the operating room, and achieve environmental goals without changing current clinical practices.”

It is an accepted fact that petrochemical-derived plastics, such as polyethylene, which are used in most surgical equipment drapes and waste bags, do not biodegrade. Genesys products use a proprietary organic additive that enhances the plastic’s ability to absorb moisture, attract microbes and facilitate conversion into primary organic matter and gas. The plastics break down up to 35 percent in 21 months when tested according to the American Society for Testing and Materials D5511 test.

A recent report by the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation working toward a high-performing healthcare system, found that health facilities create 6,600 tons of waste each day, much of which is transported to landfills. Operating rooms account for about 33 percent of all hospital supply, energy and waste costs.

For more information on the Genesys line, visit www.ecolab.com/genesys or call 800-824-3027.

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