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[SPONSORED] Corporate Profile: Cygnus Medical

Cygnus Medical™ provides innovative medical products and services. A leader in the industry, Cygnus Medical does more than listen to customers. The company develops unique, industry-first solutions to specific problems found in hospitals and health care facilities.

Studies indicate there is a strong correlation between moisture and microbe colonization within instrument channels. Cygnus Medical is currently launching the Airtime Instrument Channel Dryer. This product dries flexible endoscope channels, as well as other cannulated surgical instruments. The Airtime Dryer is unique in that it can serve as a stand-alone solution for drying instrument channels, or it can be used to expand the capabilities of drying cabinets that a facility may currently be using. For example, if a facility uses cabinets that only dry the instrument’s exterior, Airtime can be used prior to storage to dry the instrument’s channels.

Scopes that are removed from the AER and needed for a procedure can be quickly dried which ensures that scopes are not stored or put into immediate use with wet channels. Properly drying channels reduces the risk of infection.

Airtime is a practical and affordable solution that doesn’t skimp on features. It is a “true” two-pump system that offers users the ability to dry two instruments simultaneously without any loss of air pressure. In addition, it features a filtration system that surpasses the systems in other similar products now in the marketplace. It uses .01 HEPA filtered air (and is also available with a medical grade option) to dry channels after automated reprocessing, and is compliant with the newest AAMI ST 91 standards.

Disposable Airtime adapters and daily tubing sets allow for fast and easy set up, while reducing the risk of cross-contamination.

For Endoscopes and Surgical Instruments:

  • Airtime uses HEPA filtered air to dry the air/water, suction and auxiliary water channels after automated reprocessing.
  • Uses two independent pumps and timers that will dry two scopes simultaneously. Air pressure will not drop when you begin drying a second scope.
  • Airtime’s dual screen allows for two scopes to be dried with independent start and stop times.
  • Restricted channel sensors will immediately shut off the Airtime pump and alert the user of a potentially clogged channel.
  • Available options: IV pole mounted, wall mounted or on a table stand.

As the market transitioned into single-use options for transporting soiled endoscopes, most options offered little to no support or protection for the scope. As a rigid disposable option, the Oasis™ Scope Transport Tray was the first disposable tray suitable for clean and soiled instruments.

Lapses in the cleaning of reusable endoscope transport trays can lead to cross-contamination in the surgical work area. The Oasis Scope Transport Tray offers an economical single-use alternative that protects patients and staff from contamination and infection. Bedside cleaning is performed within the Oasis Tray, keeping residual run-off contained. This creates a cleaner work environment and reduces the risk of hospital-acquired infections. Oasis Trays are latex-free and are made of a biodegradable plant-based material. This is a 100 percent renewable resource reducing the facility’s carbon footprint. The tray’s rigid construction protects and contains endoscopes during transport and is large enough to safely hold an endoscope without damaging it. The Oasis Tray’s color-coded reversible lid clearly differentiates clean (green) and soiled (red/orange) scopes. They are space efficient, stackable and nestable. Also, the trays meet SGNA recommendations for transporting soiled scopes in a closed container to prevent the spread of infection.

Prior to the introduction of the First Step™ Kit, the bedside cleaning of flexible endoscopes was a cumbersome step that was often skipped. Although society standards and manufacturers’ instructions for use required bedside cleaning, properly preparing the detergent and dispensing it uniformly was difficult. The First Step Bedside Kit simplified the endoscope cleaning process by providing the supplies needed to prevent bioburden from drying and solidifying in the endoscope’s channels. Today, industry compliance has dramatically elevated and bedside endoscope cleaning is recognized as an essential step in the cleaning process.

First Step Kits are available in Ready-to-Use and Add Water Kits. Ready-to-Use Kits offer convenience of use, which increases staff compliance and turnover time. The ready-to-use detergent ensures a properly mixed formula every time. The combined effect is 100% compliance, 100% of the time. The 500 ml Add Water Kit offers ease of storage and a reduction in shipping costs because water is added at the point of use.

The Kits are 100 percent compliant with SGNA and manufacturers’ guidelines, safe for use on all flexible endoscopes, and available with a variety of cleaning pad options, including the popular Draco Microfiber Deep-Cleaning Pad. First Step Pouches are also user-friendly and space-efficient. All First Step Kits ensure the proper dilution of enzymatic detergent, and are available in 100 ml, 200 ml and 500 ml sizes.

All Kits contain Simple2™ Multi-Tiered Enzymatic Detergent and an endoscopic cleaning pad. Simple2 effectively dissolves blood, fat, tissue, protein and other forms of organic material. Simple2 is low-foaming, non-toxic, non-corrosive, latex-free, neutral pH and safe to use on all flexible endoscopes.

Health care studies and data continue to show the limitations and ineffectiveness of manual cleaning products for flexible endoscopes. Cygnus Medical has taken the amazing properties of microfiber and adapted it for use in cleaning difficult to reach endoscope channels.

The patented Dragontail™ cleaning element is constructed of multiple lint-free Draco™ microfiber strands that are able to capture particles at a 4-micron level as it passes through the endoscope’s channel. Unlike bristles or silicone discs, which glide over adhered contamination, the microfiber cleaning element detaches, captures and removes gross contamination. In a comparative study, under identical conditions, the Dragontail™ Channel Brush cleaned 468 times more contamination than a traditional style channel brush.

These are just a few of the innovative products Cygnus Medical offers its health care customers.

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