New & Noteworthy

July 2009 - Vol. 6 No. 7

Passive Safety Needle
West Pharmaceutical introduces its NovaGuard system, a passive safety needle compatible
with Luer Lock syringes. Designed to help mitigate the risk of accidental needlestick injuries, NovaGuard is 510k-cleared by the FDA. With the NovaGuard system, a plastic shield surrounds the needle before the injection is given, leaving only the needle tip exposed for injection site orientation. When the needle is pressed on the patient’s skin to administer the injection, the protective shield is activated. As the needle is withdrawn, the shield extends to cover the needle fully and the shield is locked in place. NovaGuard provides a safety feature without changing standard injection practices, and requires no extra steps to activate the safety feature.

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc visit

Diversion Monitoring
NanoGuardian announces a partnership with SDI to deliver its Closed-Loop Protection market-monitoring program. Closed-Loop Protection combines the on-dose authentication and tracing benefits of NanoGuardian’s NanoEncryption technology with a pharmacy-auditing program to identify counterfeit or illegally diverted pharmaceuticals entering the global supply chain. NanoEncryption provides on-dose security features at the overt, covert, and forensic level and can be applied directly to tablets, capsules, and vial caps.

NanoInk, Inc visit

Home INR Testing
Standing Stone has released the CoagClinic Self Test Edition, a new patient portal to support home INR testing for patients managed with the CoagClinic anticoagulation management program. Patient self-testers enter their results into the CoagClinic Self Test interface (via phone or home computer) and their clinical manager is automatically notified through CoagClinic. Based on the value of the INR, the clinical manager can respond to the patient using a predetermined set of instructions or can issue instructions specific to that reading.

Standing Stone, Inc visit

ID Wristbands for Infants
Zebra Technologies introduces its Z-Band Direct and Z-Band QuickClip wristbands. The direct thermal wristbands feature an adjustable design to ensure fit for small infant wrists. The bands support both linear and two-dimensional bar codes, include a flat surface print area, and are designed for use with Zebra’s desktop printers, including the new HC100 direct thermal cartridge printer. The infant bands are designed to stay on the patient’s wrist for the duration of the hospital stay and are available with both adhesive tab and clip closures. Both wristbands will resist alcohol, water, foams, soaps, and blood, and feature an antimicrobial coating that protects the bands from MRSA Types II, III, and IV; S. aureus; P. aeruginosa; and E. coli.

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Drug Data Solutions
Lexi-Comp announces the release of Lexi-Comp Integrated, a product line that provides drug data solutions for health information software applications. Drug interaction, drug allergy, duplicate therapy, and dose range checking content provides a core clinical decision support framework to medication safety and ultimately influences positive patient outcomes. The product line will initially feature three product options—Lexi-Data Basic, Lexi-Data, and Lexi-Data Consumer.

Lexi-Comp, Inc visit

Environmental Monitoring
Remel introduces its GripFit plates, available on Remel Contact Plates for environmental monitoring. The design features a snug fit lid that makes one-handed plate handling easier while minimizing the risk of contamination due to inadvertent lid slippage. Remel Sterile Contact Plates are double bagged and have a third bag enclosed for plate transport. These products are manufactured in a Class 10,000 (ISO Class 7) clean room and are validated to be sterile.

Remel, Inc visit

Antimicrobial Product Suite
Socket Mobile announces its antimicrobial suite of health care products for medical mobility, including the handheld computer, the Socket SoMo 650Rx, and the line of bar code scanners, including the Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanners CHS 7NRx and CHS 7XRx, and the plug-in CompactFlash Scan Card 5XRx. The new Socket products are encased in plastic made with antimicrobial materials, that provide an extra layer of protection against the multiplication and spread of potentially harmful bacteria and microbes.

Socket Mobile, Inc visit

Alcohol-free Antimicrobial Soap
Contec announces Sporicidin, an alcohol-free antimicrobial lotion soap. For use in ISO class 6 and 7 buffer zones and ISO class 8 anterooms in hospital pharmacies, Sporicidin soap has been categorized by the FDA as a surgical scrub and health care personnel handwash. It kills up to 99.9% of gram positive and gram negative pathogenic and odor-causing organisms. Sporicidin soap can be used daily for hand washing prior to donning gloves or beginning work in isolators.

Contec, Inc visit

Pharmaceutical Waste Management
PharmEcology announces an initiative to help organizations manage their pharmceutical waste. Enhancements to the PharmE Waste Wizard and the PharmE Inventory Analysis include specific color-coded container recommendations for the disposal of pharmaceutical waste, segregation of hazardous pharmaceutical waste into separate containers needed to satisfy the US Department of Transportation’s shipping requirements for hazardous materials, identification of specific
pharmaceutical-related products that can be safely disposed down the drain or in a landfill, and notification of drugs that represent potential OSHA hazards.

PharmEcology Associates, LLC visit

Sterile Gloves
Williams Medical Company introduces its Sterile TechniGlove, specifically designed for cleaning
in critical areas where USP<797> compliance has been mandated. The TechniGloves are 12-inch class 100, white, Nitrile gloves available in sizes x-small to xx-large, one pair per pack, 50 packs per bag, with four bags in a case.

Williams Medical Company visit

Thermal Printer
Extech Data Systems introduces the Apex 3 Direct Thermal Printer. Short-range Bluetooth, designed for WPAN, comes standard on the Apex 3. For long-range wireless connectivity, the Apex 3 has optional Bluetooth or 802.11b/g.  IrDA and a 3-track magnetic card reader are also optional. The Apex 3 contains an ARM 7, 32-bit microcontroller, and the flash-based, integrated CPU contains firmware, resident and rotated fonts, and can download fonts, graphics, logos, and bar codes.

Extech Instruments Corporation

Temperature Data Logger
Veriteq Instruments introduces its data logger for measuring multiple temperature environments. The self-powered 1016/1416 recorder is designed to provide fail-safe records for a group of chambers, up to four, including -80˚C ultra-low temperature freezers, fridges, and incubators. Equipped with NIST-traceabilitiy and multipoint calibration, Veriteq data recorders have a 10-year internal battery and on-board memory, which ensures data immunity from power outages and network downtime.

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