A critical issue with disposable medical devices is that they are frequently used improperly. Designed for single-use applications over a limited time, they are often reused on multiple patients or not changed within the approved or safe period of time. This is true across different specialties from urology to ophthalmology and includes devices such as urinary catheters, vascular access devices, feeding tubes and ophthalmic tonometers. Sensor’s Intelligent Indicator Technology provides a visual cue of the useful life remaining in a medical device, and also indicates when ‘end of use’ time is complete.
Such notification informs doctors and support staff, as well as patients and home care givers. Sensor’s Intelligent Indicators ensure that equipment is used for the correct amount of time, thereby helping to safeguard against mistakes or purposeful misuse. This extra safely feature may help improve health care, thereby benefiting patients. Hospitals and institutions may also benefit from reduced occurrence of acquired infections, leading to decreased risk and reduced cost exposure due to proactively mitigating the risk.
Sensor’s Intelligent Indicator Technology provides value across health care settings:
- Facilitates/promotes timely intervention to remove expired equipment
- Reduces the hospital acquired infection rate
- Reduces the re-admission rate
- Enables inventory control, ensuring “first in, first out” of equipment
- Limits unauthorized reprocessing
Home Health Care
- Supports patient surveillance
- Empowers home carers to make good decisions
- Decreases the potential for accidental reuse or extended use
- Assures user of package integrity
- Reduces readmission rate to hospital and decrease Emergency Room visits
- Allows process control during manufacture
- Limits any package integrity issues to individual units