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For over 50 years Healthmark has provided innovative intelligent solutions to fit the needs of health care facilities. 2021 has been a year of growth, offering new products and providing new educational services.
During 2021 Healthmark announced the acquisition of McGan Technology LLC. One of the most innovative products for the operating room is the Insulation Tester. Designed for electrically testing electrosurgical instruments, the low-frequency high-voltage Insulation Tester is used to detect and locate defects such as pinholes, cracks and bare spots in the jacket or coating of laparoscopic and bi-polar electrosurgical instruments. The Insulation Tester is a handheld, portable unit that tests the insulation integrity of electrosurgical equipment for flaws in protective coatings applied over conductive instrument surfaces in order to prevent inadvertent tissue burns, which may occur during electrosurgical instrument procedures.
Manufactured with a rechargeable battery, the Insulation Tester maintains applied test voltage with constant current source, features full test current at low voltages, limited output current for operational safety, easy-to-read LED indicators as well as the LED display of alarm and battery charge. The Insulation Tester comes with the following reusable and interchangeable accessories: ground wire with alligator clip, ring electrode, tri-hole electrode, brush electrode, saddle and case. The Bi-Polar Fixture accessory that works in conjunction with the saddle, ground wire and brush electrode can be purchased separately. Additionally, an optional Wire Tester accessory used with an HV Red Lead Wire is available for testing wires by locating and identifying defects such as pinholes or cracks in the conductive core.
Healthmark Industries is also delighted to introduce the new FIS-007 to its ProSys Optical Inspection product line. It is a borescope designed to visually inspect internal channels of potentially soiled or damaged items with enhanced light, vision and magnification. It also offers users the option to document with photos and videos the lumens and crevices not visible to the unaided eye.
The FIS-007 features a modular design with interchangeable flexible inspection scope attachments available in diameters of 1.06mm and 1.9mm. These scopes have a working length of 110cm and attach to a 13.3W x 9.9L x 4.7H cm control box, allowing for light level adjustments, image capture and video recording. The 1.06mm scope is designed to inspect internal channels of 1.1mm in diameter or larger, and the 1.9mm scope is designed to inspect internal channels of 2.0mm in diameter or larger.
Cleaning verification continues to be a critical issue in health care facilities across the country. News headlines often report about complications from surgeries caused by instruments and equipment that have not been properly cleaned. It has affected the health care field over the years.
Healthmark’s ProFormance monitoring tools help to ensure surgical instruments and other equipment are reprocessed correctly. AAMI and AORN 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.
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. These contaminants can be 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 lack of compliance with established guidelines for cleaning, disinfection and sterilization. Failure to comply with scientifically based guidelines has led to numerous outbreaks.
This year, Healthmark also launched its Vendor Credentialing program. The Clinical Affairs team has created 13 programs for vendors and manufacturer representatives. To gain access to health care facilities, representatives must fulfill the requirements of various vendor credentialing programs, such as VendorMate (GHX), Intellicentrics and Symplr. This program launched with 13 programs that fulfill the requirements of vendor-credentialing systems.
Healthmark continuously strives to create educational opportunities for health care professionals to earn CEUs. This past year, Healthmark added free bi-weekly webinars hosted by its clinical educators and other professionals around the industry. Additionally, it has added a new “Ask the Educator” podcast, hosted by Kevin Anderson. Online registration for both is available at hmark.com/education.php.
In addition to the webinars and podcasts being offered, Healthmark provides a unique free service at Crazy4Clean.com. It’s a website that consists of educational games designed to teach health care professionals about proper reprocessing of instruments/equipment while earning free CEUs.
At the end of each game, players receive a free CEU by completing a quiz based on what they’ve learned.
StyleYourPPE.com is a site created by Healthmark where health care professionals can purchase PPE and other attire for individual use. Face masks, Cool Aids and other PPE attire are available as well as socks that are creatively designed to add a little fun to a serious dress code.
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 These features are only available for the USB control box with FIS-007 software, which is included and installs on Windows 10 PC’s
 AAMI (ST79 Comprehensive Guide to Steam Sterilization and Sterility Assurance in Health Care Facilities)
 AORN Recommended Practices for Cleaning and Care of Surgical Instruments and Powered Equipment