Swisslog Healthcare Division Announces Release of New Infection Control Procedure for Hospital Transport Systems

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This guideline procedure addresses potential system spills using pneumatic tube systems in hospitals. Infection control clean up procedures are presented as well as packaging guidelines - and the latest federal regulatory agency citations such as OSHA, the CDC and CLSI.

Swisslog Healthcare Solutions Division announces the release of it’s new Infection Control Procedure for the Transport of Specimens in a Swisslog Pneumatic Tube System.

The 8-page document outlines specimen transport and handling issues relating to potential spills associated with automated material transport in hospitals. Included are guidelines for container testing, and secure packaging of specimens

The report focuses on pneumatic tube system use – and addresses system spill procedure, decontamination and disinfectant situations. Swisslog has monitored reports provided by safety regulation agencies including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) and has incorporated pertinent references to agency reports and guidelines.

Swisslog provides a comprehensive hospital training program for it’s pneumatic tube system users entitled “Template for Pneumatic Tube System Protocol” which has become a standard in many North American hospital institutions. The Infection Control Procedure is presented as an integral component in that protocol program.

The new Infection Control document new incorporates agency contact information, web resources, and references to pertinent infection control publications, agencies and more.

Hospital staffs can learn more about Swisslog’s Infection Control Procedure by visiting the Swisslog Healthcare Solutions Patient Protection web page at:

Hospital staffs may contact Swisslog’s Customer Solutions Group and requesting either an electronic or printed edition of the new procedure (1-800-764-0300).

About Swisslog

Swisslog is a global provider of integrated logistic solutions for warehouses, distribution centers and hospitals. The comprehensive portfolio ranges from building complex warehouses and distribution centers including Swisslog’s software, in-house logistics solutions for hospitals as well as software and consulting services in the field of supply chain management. Swisslog’s solutions optimize the customer’s production, logistics and distribution processes in order to increase their flexibility, responsiveness and quality of service, while minimizing logistics costs.

With years of experience in the development and implementation of integrated logistics solutions, Swisslog provides the expertise that customers in more than 50 countries around the world rely on. Headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, Swisslog currently employs around 1,850 staff in 23 countries worldwide. For more information, go to and visit the Swisslog Healthcare Solutions Division.


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