Medline Launches New Products and Programs to Improve OR Safety and Efficiency

Medline Industries is introducing a number of OR solutions designed to improve OR safety, according to a release.

The solutions range from products to combat hypothermia to a new face mask that inactivates flu viruses to innovative surgical gloves, to new educational programs designed to empower OR teams.

"Preventing medical errors and improving the quality of care is our paramount goal," said Kim Haines, RN, certified OR nurse, vice president of clinical resources for Medline. "Through extensive customer insights, research and new technologies, we have developed several new solutions to help medical staff improve patient safety and outcomes."

Among the new products and programs from Medline are:

EMPOWER — A new program designed to empower OR staffs by increasing the awareness of safety and quality issues through several unique training and education programs; opening lines of communications within OR teams; and helping them streamline their operations through lean assessments and other efficiency tools.

PerfecTemp —
The PerfecTemp OR table pad, which ncorporates both pressure-reducing high-tech material to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers and a warming system to combat hypothermia, a dangerous, yet common surgical complication associated with higher mortality rates, longer recovery time and an increased rate of wound infection.

Medline's BioMask — With the flu season currently underway, healthcare workers can now benefit from a major breakthrough in flu protection. Medline's BioMask, the first-ever FDA-cleared antiviral, antimicrobial medical face mask, is shown to inactivate 99.99 percent of laboratory tested flu viruses. Traditional face masks act only as an air filter and do nothing to neutralize the harmful pathogens that remain active on the mask itself. In addition to filtering the air, Medline's BioMask inactivates laboratory tested flu viruses including imminent pandemic and seasonal strains of influenza (flu) viruses, such as H1N1, Avian flu and Swine flu that land on both the outside and inside surfaces of the mask within five minutes.

Medline's Signature Glide Surgeon's Gloves — This new glove features an inner gel coating made from a hydrophilic synthetic polymer allows surgeons' hands to easily and smoothly fit into the glove, whether their hands are wet or dry, which is critical for quickly "scrubbing in" for surgeries where every second counts.

OR Necessities Sharps Safety Solutions —
A comprehensive solution to OR sharps safety, including "The Switch," a new, innovative safety scalpel handle and blade remover.

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