Jackson, MI (Vocus/PRWEB) February 25, 2011
Midbrook Medical, the Jackson, MI, based manufacturer of medical decontamination systems and custom fabricated medical equipment has introduced the MediCount ATP testing system. These handheld units can quickly and easily measure the cleanliness of a surface, providing nearly instantaneous feedback on the effectiveness of cleaning practices.
Due to nearly 40 years of experience in the industrial, automotive and aerospace cleaning industry, Midbrook is familiar with a number of different means used to perform cleanliness testing. Some methods, while accurate, are difficult and time consuming to perform. They are also expensive and require significant amounts of training to use correctly. ATP testing, however, is affordable and requires almost no instruction.
ATP testing works on a simple premise. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is a chemical substance that powers reactions within cells. In layman’s terms, ATP acts as the energy currency or fuel of cells. This substance is present in all life forms except viruses and prions, but because viruses require living cells to survive, their presence can be indirectly determined with ATP testing. In a medical setting, ATP testing is an easy way to determine whether or not there are living bacteria on a surface, in addition to human residues. ATP testing will also determine the presence of other cellular residues that may harbor or serve as a food source for living bacteria. The ability of ATP testing to determine the presence of bacteria makes it a useful tool for identifying and eliminating possible sources of healthcare acquired infections, which are a growing concern in the medical community.
With existing ATP testing units, users determine ATP levels by swabbing the surface and placing the swab into a handheld testing unit. The unit then gives a result in terms of relative light units (RLU) which indicate the amount of ATP on the surface. The lower the RLU count, the less ATP is on the surface. By association, less ATP means less living bacteria. Different types of surfaces generally have different RLU levels that are deemed to be acceptable. For example, hospital room surfaces should be below 50 RLUs, while hospital common areas can have up to 75 RLUs.
The problem with these existing units is that the swabs used are small and cannot obtain a consistently accurate reading of an area. The MediCount system addresses this problem with a new type of swab, which is able to cover a much larger surface area, providing reliable and consistent results.
Because of the fast and accurate results provided by ATP testing, it is ideal for use in medical settings or extended care facilities. Employees can quickly and easily perform checks on different areas of the facility and receive immediate feedback. This allows them to perform immediate corrective action and identify problem areas for future cleaning, protecting both employees and patients from dangerous germs and bacteria. ATP testing also provides an easy method of gauging employee performance and illustrating the effectiveness of the cleaning process. To aid with this, the MediCount system includes a software program that keeps track of results over time. Users can compare and contrast readings from the same surface to gauge their cleaning process over time, and also compare readings from different surfaces to see which areas need more thorough attention from cleaning personnel.
Midbrook Medical can provide not only the MediCount handheld unit and specially designed test swabs, but also the small amount of training and knowledge required to effectively and correctly perform ATP testing. In addition, they can help analyze the results and provide recommendations to improve the cleaning process.
For more information about Midbrook Medical and the MediCount ATP Testing System, visit http://www.midbrookmedical.com/, or call 1-517-787-3481.
Midbrook Medical is the minority owned, women owned, Michigan based solution provider to the Healthcare market. Midbrook is not a medical company looking to be a copy cat distributer of decontamination equipment. Rather, Midbrook is the world leader in custom designed, process specific cleaning equipment focused on taking the expertise learned in other industries and applying it effectively to issues within the medical industry in order to provide cleaner instruments that will, in turn, make sterilization more effective.