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Midbrook Launches the Storm 3900 Washer to Handle Larger Minimally Invasive Surgical Instruments

The increase of more minimally invasive surgical procedures has led to the design of progressively more sophisticated instruments to perform these procedures. That has resulted in more concerns on the reprocessing of those instruments.

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Midbrook BioMedical now offers the Storm line of simple ultrasonic washers that are large enough to accommodate the longest and largest minimally invasive surgical instruments on the market today

Jackson, MI (PRWEB) May 30, 2014

New minimally invasive surgical procedures are using longer and longer canulated instruments however, the ultrasonic washer market has had a very limited bath tank size, until now. The Midbrook Storm has been made available as of April 1st in order to provide the central sterile processing technician with a bath large enough to accommodate the longest instrumentation. Without a unit the size of the Midbrook Storm 3900 the Central Sterile Processing Department is out of compliance. With this model, the Instruction for Use is able to be followed for compliant reprocessing.

Minimally invasive surgical procedures account for the vast majority of surgeries today and that is going to continue to be the standard moving forward. Whether they are done manually or using a robot, minimally invasive procedures just make too much sense.

The recovery time is less than half and sometimes as little as 20% the time a patient would need to stay in the hospital under care when non-minimally invasive surgical incisions are made. This not only saves on basic hospital stay charges, but it also is a protective measure against the possibility of acquiring an infection through exposure to the bacteria found in all healthcare settings. If 270 people a day are dying of hospital acquired infections in the United States alone, then the sooner you or your loved one gets out of the hospital, the better the chance the patient outcome will be a positive one.

The increase of more minimally invasive surgical procedures has led to the design of progressively more sophisticated instruments to perform these procedures. That has resulted in more concerns on the reprocessing of those instruments. The use of automated cleaning systems prior to sterilization, which achieve consistent, repeatable bio burden removal remains the gold standard, but with the puzzling complexity and questions revolving around the Affordable Care Act, very few healthcare systems are willing to spend funds for innovative capital equipment without first finding out how they are going to be paid themselves.

The medical device instruction for use (IFU) spells out each instrument’s mandated requirements for reprocessing. These requirements must be followed by the central sterile processing department (CSPD) technicians before these instruments can be sterilized, and, subsequently, re-used in future procedures. The vast majority of these IFUs require the use of ultrasonic cleaning action in order to attack the bio burden found in hard to reach locations on the instrument.

An ultrasonic tank is a relatively simple device using the cleaning energy of high frequency sound waves to achieve the required cleaning. Although simple, an ultrasonic cleaning system requires full submersion of the instruments below the water line in the tank to be effective.

What happens when that tank is not long enough or wide enough to accommodate the new instrumentation? The facility then must forego the use of ultrasonics with those devices or marginalize the effectiveness of the washer if they do use it. In either case, they are out of compliance and have exposed themselves to litigation should a surgical site infection develop from an improperly cleaned surgical instrument.

To remain in compliance with the reprocessing requirements of your minimally invasive surgical devices and to be able to continue performing safely the procedures necessary to thrive in today’s healthcare environment, contact Midbrook BioMedical. Midbrook BioMedical now offers the Storm line of simple ultrasonic washers that are large enough to accommodate the longest and largest minimally invasive surgical instruments on the market today and those that will be developed in the future.

With 40 kHz transducers and patented generators, these units are powerful enough to do the job, and are competitively priced at a level that will not burden capital equipment budgets. Built completely out of stainless steel and using the preferred 316 stainless material for the tank itself, this line of ultrasonic cleaners combine Midbrook’s 40 years of cleaning experience with the latest ultrasonic technology.

Do not operate out of compliance. Do not forego lucrative minimally invasive procedures. Do not expose your patients to surgical site infections. Contact Midbrook BioMedical and take on reprocessing by Storm.

For more information about Midbrook Medical, visit http://www.midbrookmedical.com. For further inquiries, please call the Sales Team at (517) 787-3481 or send an email directly to sales(at)midbrook(dot)com.

About Midbrook Medical:
Midbrook Medical is the world-leader in custom-designed, process-specific cleaning and decontamination equipment. Midbrook has applied technology and expertise gained from other industries to solve some of the most pressing issues facing healthcare facilities. Visit our website for details on all Midbrook Infection Prevention products.


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