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May 25, 2017

Single Use Surgical at Africa Health

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Our range of single-use surgical instruments, including the innovative Diathermy Abbey Needle with Suction, will be on display at the upcoming Africa Health, held in Johannesburg from 7th to 9th June.

Africa Health Exhibition is the continent’s largest healthcare exhibition and is a leading platform for the industry to meet, learn and do business. The exhibition will attract more than 9,000 healthcare professionals and host 540 of the world’s leading healthcare suppliers, manufacturers and service providers.

Single Use Surgical Export Manager Michael Denver said: “Building on our strong presence in South Africa, we want to expand across the continent and deliver the same value proposition we offer globally.

“Whilst Africa has a diverse landscape in terms of medical device needs, the need for clean and sterile instrumentation has never been higher. By attending Africa Health, we hope to attract distributors across Africa who will work with us to promote high quality products that are designed not only to enhance surgical technique but also to reduce the risk of cross patient contamination”

Find us at Stand 2F11, at the Gallagher Centre, Johannesburg.

May 23, 2017

Making a difference in Ethiopia

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In early 2016, Single Use Surgical donated a number of items to the Reach Another Foundation to support their life saving work in developing countries around the world. Jordan Adams, CEO of a charity who has partnered with the Reach Another Foundation, approached us with a request for another donation, this time to support their work in Ethiopia.

Without hesitation, we set about gathering suctions and metal instruments to support the surgeons working in Ethiopia.

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Jordan said: “As we had so much equipment, the donations were sent out to three different centers, which was amazing. Without them, these surgeries couldn’t have been performed and the babies couldn’t have been saved.”

She added: “The companies who donate the actual items we send our are absolutely crucial. Without them, the money would have to be raised to buy the equipment which would slow things down to the point of being dangerous for the children who need urgent surgeries, and would also at times make some surgeries impossible if the money can’t be raised.”

“Thank you to Single Use Surgical and all the other donors that have helped us in the past, because without you, there would be a whole lot more suffering.”

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For more information on the amazing work carried out by the Reach Another Foundation, visit Jordan’s blog here.

May 10, 2017

Single Use Surgical at IAHCSMM

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Export Manager Michael Denver has been representing Single Use Surgical at the 20th Annual Meeting of IAHCSMM (International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management) in Nashville.

Taking place from 7th to 10th May, the annual conference provides attendees with knowledge building, hands-on labs and workshops, technical updates taught by some of the professions most renowned and respected experts, as well as poster sessions, discussion groups and the largest vendor exposition for the clinical services profession.

Michael said: “We have been in the US for a number of years now and the IAHCSMM Annual Meeting has been a great platform for us to engage with CSSD across the US. The risks associated with cross patient contamination due to unclean or unsterile lumens is well founded. We are determined to help hospitals across the states reduce these risks.”

He added: “Whilst America is justifiably at the forefront of the medical device market both from a clinical and commercial perspective, there is still ground to make up when it comes to the reprocessing of fine lumens. Beyond sterility, we offer a huge range of suctions to meet the rigours of the OR and day surgery alike.”

January 10, 2017

The “Cost” of Missing Medical Instruments

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At a time of falling budgets and ever increasing scrutiny, can the NHS and other healthcare providers afford to waste time looking for missing medical instruments?

According to a BMJ Quality Improvement Report published in 2015, “poorly organised clinical equipment can waste significant amounts of time otherwise available for direct patient care.” At a time when the NHS and other healthcare providers are under increased scrutiny and are operating on ever tighter budgets, it is evident that new efficiencies and processes are needed.

This problem is not a new one nor is it insubstantial. According to a 2009 survey by Nursing Times, “more than one-third of nurses spend at least an hour finding items of equipment during an average hospital shift.” This could mean that nurses spend up to 40 hours per month looking for equipment with which to treat patients. Why is this?

At its root, this problem stems from organisation and communication (or lack thereof), exacerbated by high demand on both services and the specific equipment required. The storage areas where much equipment is kept have also been found to be often cramped, overcrowded and not sufficient for their purpose.

The BMJ Quality Improvement Report came to six conclusions on how the problem could be tackled. The main observation was that store rooms created more confusion and delay than benefit, and the problem could be solved in part by ensuring that equipment was kept on portable, uniformly arranged trolleys in wards and theatres:

  1. Multidisciplinary engagement and ownership: It’s important that trolleys that hold the equipment are appropriately stocked for the wards they are on, and that people are aware of differing equipment for different specialties. Ownership of each equipment trolley needs to be taken by a specific ward or person to ensure it is properly stocked.
  1. Uniformity: Each equipment trolley should be laid out in the same way, so healthcare professionals such as nurses and doctors know exactly where types of equipment are stored on a trolley to speed up retrieval.
  1. Co-ordination and leadership: There needs to be overview of and leadership for medical equipment and medical equipment trolleys overall. This will ensure co-ordination and periodic review, to build in continual improvement.
  1. Importance of data: Data about time-keeping and equipment needs to be effectively and efficiently logged if improvements are to be measured and assessed. In turn, the data has to be valid if improvements are going to be achieved.
  1. A can-do attitude: Staff need to buy into and support the improvement process, so they can see the benefit for themselves as well as the patient in seeking to optimise medical instrument management. A positive attitude will guarantee success.
  1. Listening to feedback (good and bad): Effective medical equipment management is a continual process, and all stakeholders have feedback that needs to be considered and listened to. This will reinforce staff’s sense of own worth as well as providing vital insights into how medical instruments can be co-ordinated between practitioners.

There are also technological solutions that could help healthcare professionals in locating equipment. Standardised barcodes as well as transmitters for large items of medical equipment are already used in hospitals, but these are only effective if staff are properly trained in the use of such technology and the approach is uniformly adopted across an institution.

Single Use Surgical products are barcoded and labelled to comply to GS1 standards. This enables product and location synchronisation throughout the Supply Chain. Early adoption ensures we are already aligned with NHS investment initiatives such as “Scan4Safety” and “PEPPOL”, all in line with the recent ‘Carter report’ recommendations.

Whether the solution to missing medical instruments lies in process or in technology (or both), there is also scope to discuss whether such practices could be introduced across medical institutions, becoming a standardised, national healthcare discipline.

Of course, disposable, single-use medical instruments offer many benefits directly if effectively stored and distributed. Such instruments have not been used before and are designed not to be used again, so medical instrument management is streamlined. Concerns about whether a reusable instrument has been sterilised by an autoclave or other process are rendered redundant, as is ensuring instruments have been sterilised and returned after a procedure. Single-use instruments also offer an ironclad insurance against cross-contamination between patients.

December 1, 2016

Single Use Surgical raises funds for Neurocare

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At the December Sales Meeting held in Birmingham, staff from Single Use Surgical donned their best (and worst) Christmas jumpers, and made a donation to Sheffield based charity Neurocare.

Neurocare is a charity which raises money for the neurosciences and neurology departments at Royal Hallamshire, Northern General, Children’s Hospital and SITraN. Neurocare has raised significant funds to buy equipment and support research to save and improve the lives of patients with a range of debilitating or fatal neurological conditions.

The charity is currently raising funds for a robot to assist with brain surgery called ROSA. Neurocare is hoping to raise £250,000 towards the ROSA robot, which will help transform the lives of thousands of patients needing complex brain surgery in areas such as epilepsy and deep seated tumours.

To learn more about Neurocare or to make a donation, please visit their website: www.neurocare.org.uk 

December 1, 2016

What is your suction hiding from you?

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What is your suction hiding from you?

Reusing surgical instruments poses an increasing risk of patient to patient cross-infection, as instruments with fine lumens remain too difficult to clean and minimally invasive procedures become more common.

In 2015, a multi-centre Lumen Inspection Survey inspected instruments from 71 hospitals in the US and revealed that 70% of instruments were classified as ‘dirty’, with suction tubes being one of the highest percentage instrument categories to fail inspection[1].

Among the foreign matter found on the instruments was blood, bone, brush fibres and human hair.

Single Use Surgical were established in 2001 as a direct response to UK hospitals concerns over the cleaning practises involving fine lumen instruments, and how it posed a high risk of patient to patient cross contamination.

Today the company provide a range of single use solutions worldwide.

For more information visit www.susl.co.uk

[1] Stephenson, K., ‘The Value of Lumen Inspection’, Vendor Vantage, 2015, P. 76-78

September 7, 2016

Single Use Surgical’s suctions “Keeping Ireland Alive”

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Appearing on Irish TV channel ‘RTÉ One’ in August, the SUS Professional suction range became more than just an ‘extra’, making featuring in the hands of surgeons during a major new documentary series “Keeping Ireland Alive: The health service in a day”. The new five-part documentary series gave viewers unprecedented access to every aspect of the Ireland’s health service.

RTÉ One channel controller Adrian Lynch said: “Keeping Ireland Alive: The health service in a day was a huge undertaking, the result is a series that is incredibly moving but also gives viewers an unparalleled insight into the workings of Ireland’s health service. This is a warts-and-all documentary series that recognises the great work being carried out on the ground by front line staff but which is unflinchingly honest in acknowledging that the system isn’t perfect.”

SUS Professional’ offers the widest range of specialist single suction devices in the UK*. Manufactured to the highest quality, the range features a distinctive and ergonomically designed white suction handle for superior comfort and precision, available with an extensive selection of sizes, finishes and tip variants.

For more information on the ‘SUS Professional’ suction range click here.

 

 

Keeping Ireland Alive: The health service in a day starts on RTÉ One on Monday, August 29th at 9.35pm and will air throughout September.

*UK Primary Market Research – range variants compared to nearest competitor offerings.

July 28, 2016

Krispy Kreme’s all round for our competition winners!

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Congratulations to our competition winners from St Helen’s, Pontefract General Infirmary and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital who successfully completed this season’s brain teaser to win a delivery of delicious Krispy Kreme doughnuts!

Stay tuned for upcoming competitions by subscribing to our seasonal newsletter, for more information contact us at info@susl.co.uk

February 22, 2016

The cutting-edge of clinician-led innovation

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Single Use Surgical are constantly working closely with surgeons to develop new single use solutions

Our newly developed Sickle Knife is an all-round safer and less invasive solution for Laryngotracheal Reconstruction Surgery

The innovation allows for procedures to be carried out endoscopically which results in less trauma to patients, no visible scarring and quicker recovery times. In addition, the single patient use product mitigates the risk of cross-contamination

We are delighted to be shortlisted for the MediLink Innovation Award and look forward to attending the Ceremony held in Leeds

January 12, 2016

Single Use Surgical at Arab Health 2016

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We are delighted to be travelling to Dubai this month to exhibit at Arab Health 2016, the largest healthcare exhibition in the Middle East

Taking place from 25 – 28th January, we will be located on stand Z1 E76

As a company we specialise in manufacturing ‘gold standard’ single use surgical solutions, including Suction Tubes and Kerrisons, and are delighted to be at the congress to fly the flag for British manufacturing and further strengthen our partnerships across the Middle East

Throughout the show we will be showcasing our extensive portfolio of instrumentation, which spans across a number of surgical specialities

To request an appointment contact Michael Denver our Export Manager at export@susl.co.uk

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