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Healthmark Industries is looking forward to an exciting future with its continued expansion of staff and products. With almost 50 years of experience Healthmark continues to adapt to the business needs of their customers. Over the years, the company has experienced a great deal of growth with a variety of products and services. Known for providing innovative solutions for infection control to healthcare facilities, they are currently expanding their product line. The company has over 100 employees and is in the transition process of moving its headquarters that is an overall size of around 100,000 square feet in Fraser, Michigan.

The latest focus at Healthmark includes the expansion of products for managing the proper reprocessing of flexible endoscopes. Products like the Elevator Mechanism Brush are specifically designed to clean the elevator mechanism of duodenoscopes, as directed by the endoscope manufacturer.

“The flexible neck provides ease of access when cleaning the elevator mechanism and the areas around it at the distal end of the endoscope,” says Ralph Basile, Vice President.

Healthmark also announced in 2015 that they added Mary Ann Drosnock MS, CIC, CFER, RM (NRCM), as its new Manager of Clinical Education for Endoscopy.

“Her expert knowledge and experience in the GI field will play a vital role in the development of our GI product line and providing guidance and support to our GI customers,” says Basile.

One way the company is adapting to meet customers’ needs is by offering continuing education credits through online games.

“CSSD professionals can also earn free CEUs on our website Crazy4Clean.com,” Basile says. “There are educational games that when you play and take a quiz, you earn one free CEU.”

Healthmark’s growth has prompted a need for a structure of professional commitment for healthcare facilities throughout the country and that is why it has representatives in designated territories throughout the country.

Cleaning verification continues to be an important issue in healthcare across the country. News headlines often consist of articles about complications from surgeries caused by instruments and equipment that have not been properly cleaned. It has affected the healthcare field in recent years.

Healthmark added products to its ProFormanceTM monitoring tools over the past 15 years to help ensure surgical instruments and other equipment are reprocessed correctly. AAMI1 and AORN2 recommend at least weekly testing of the cleaning process. These products are designed to help facilities comply with standards and ensure they are reprocessing equipment and cleaning surgical instruments properly.

“One of the ongoing challenges in the healthcare industry is to consistently reprocess surgical instruments effectively,” Basile said.

Healthmark has products designed to help hospitals and healthcare facilities provide safe environments and prevent infections.

Researchers have discovered that devices that haven’t been reprocessed correctly can emerge from the cleaning process with bits of bone, blood and tissue from the previous operation, contaminants that can become reservoirs for some potentially lethal bacteria. Proper cleaning and sterilization are essential for ensuring that medical and surgical instruments do not transmit infectious pathogens to patients.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), multiple studies in many countries have documented a lack of compliance with established guidelines for disinfection and sterilization. Failure to comply with scientifically based guidelines has led to numerous outbreaks.

“Our ProFormanceTM products are designed to help hospitals and healthcare facilities meet the challenge to regularly test their cleaning process in order to ensure their medical devices are being reprocessed properly. Once reprocessed, inspection will need to take place to ensure the surgical instructions are indeed clean,” Basile explained.

Healthmark continues to offer new innovative products that are designed to provide solutions for their customers. The new Transportation Identification Tag is produced precisely for transporting materials considered a biohazard, while acting as an essential communication tool in the process. By labeling a cart or container as “clean” when it goes out and a “biohazard” upon its return to the sterile processing department, the Transportation Identification Tag assists in supplying information to the OR/Procedure Room. Furthermore it has a check list for the surgical/procedure room/sterile processing team to ensure adequate delivery of the case cart or container in question.

Another innovative product Healthmark has recently launched is the Flexible Inspection Scope. It features a distal tip composed of a light source and camera lens at the end of a 50cm, flexible shaft. Designed for instruments 3.2mm in diameter or larger. The camera and light are powered by the USB connection on a PC.

Compatible with Windows PCs, the included software allows viewing and recording from most computers. Paired with the optional Flex Arm, the Flexible Inspection Scope can be securely fastened to a workstation to free both hands for manipulation of the scope and the target medical device. It is the perfect tool to visually inspect any device after cleaning, particularly those with internal channels and lumens.

Quality is a key component to Healthmark’s business as well as ensuring the satisfaction of it’s customers. Healthmark offers you a 30-day free trial evaluation of any product it sells.

Healthmark also has a website, www.healthmark.info/hmarkqa.html, that is a non-biased forum to encourage healthcare workers to ask questions and share solutions anonymously. It is easy to sign up and share experiences with other peers within the industry.

If you are looking for industry news, helpful hints and other information, Healthmark produces a weekly newsletter that is distributed to thousands of readers. Each Healthmarket Digest features a story written by a member of the Healthmark team as well as a weekly coupon.

For more information about Healthmark Industries, visit www.hmark.com or call 800-521-6224.
1 AAMI (ST79 Comprehensive Guide to Steam Sterilization and Sterility Assurance in Health Care Facilities)

2 AORN Recommended Practices for Cleaning and Care of Surgical Instruments and Powered Equipment

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