Ultra Clean Systems announces recipients of IAHCSMM 2018 scholarships

Ultra Clean Systems announces recipients of IAHCSMM 2018 scholarships

Game of Reprocessing challenge a fun contest for SPD professionals

Oldsmar, FL—Ultra Clean Systems, a manufacturer of precision-made ultrasonic cleaning systems for surgical instruments, announced during International CS Week the recipients of IAHCSMM 2018 scholarships from its first-ever contest. The recipients were chosen from entries in Ultra Clean’s themed Game of Reprocessing challenge (inspired by the TV series Game of Thrones), where outstanding sterile processing professionals were nominated by their peers or department managers. Contest criteria consisted of the individual’s contribution to the sterile processing department, reduction in immediate use steam sterilization (IUSS) incidents, and quality audit outcomes.

The grand prize winner is Andreanna “Annie” Vogel of Deckerville Community Hospital in Deckerville, MI. Annie received a scholarship to IAHCSMM 2018 and $500 in expense assistance. Runner-up Carol Stebbins of St. Lucie Surgery Center in Port St. Lucie, FL, was awarded an IAHCSMM 2018 scholarship and her IAHCSMM membership was renewed for one year. Their respective facilities were presented with plaques recognizing their leadership in sterile processing and their dedication to patient safety.

“We wanted to make a challenge for CS Week that was truly engaging; something the CS community can have fun with,” said Tom Overbey, director of marketing at Ultra Clean. “Typically, when you have challenges such as this, the award goes to larger facilities. What we decided to do was provide smaller facilities the chance to be recognized.”

Following the success of its first scholarship contest, Ultra Clean will sponsor another IAHCSMM scholarship in 2018. Look for details about the next challenge in the summer of 2018.

About Ultra Clean Systems 
Since 1999, Ultra Clean Systems has been innovating and manufacturing robust, versatile, and efficient ultrasonic cleaning systems for cleaning surgical instruments. Their line of ultrasonic cleaning systems includes tabletop models for use in small surgical facilities to floor models used in facilities with 20 or more operating rooms.

Ultra Clean was the first to design an ultrasonic cleaning system for cannulated instruments; incorporate industry-exclusive Titanium Rod Transducer (TRT) technology for even energy dispersion; develop a fully automatic yet independent dual-basin cleaning system; and integrate ultraviolet water filtration systems to help deactivate bacteriological matter.

Ultra Clean Systems logo

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Getinge Group Announces Partnership with Ultra Clean Systems, Inc.

WAYNE, N.J.Feb. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Getinge Group, a leading global provider of products and systems that contribute to quality enhancement and cost efficiency within healthcare and life sciences, announced today that it has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Ultra Clean Systems, Inc., an Oldsmar, FL-based manufacturer of precision-made ultrasonic cleaning systems for surgical instruments. Under the terms of the agreement, Getinge Group will distribute the full line of Ultra Clean Systems’ hospital-grade ultrasonic cleaning equipment, as well as accessories and the validated detergent for cleaning Intuitive Surgical® da Vinci®robotic instruments, to healthcare facilities in the United States and Canada. Getinge Group will also provide service and support for all installed Ultra Clean Systems equipment.

Ultrasonic cleaning of surgical instruments following patient use is one of the first lines of defense for removing infectious debris and tissue. Sterile processing departments are increasingly using ultrasonic cleaning because of the growth in the use of complex surgical instruments and da Vinci robotic instruments; growing compliance with instructions for use (IFU) due to JHACO and AAMI standards; and the shift from hand cleaning to more automated solutions.

“Ensuring patient and technician safety at healthcare facilities is one of our highest priorities. With this large-scale distribution partnership, we will now be able to expand our offering by supplementing our existing ultrasonic cleaner with robust, versatile, timesaving, energy-efficient solutions from Ultra Clean Systems,” said Raoul Quintero, President of the Americas at Getinge Group. “Ultra Clean Systems’ state-of-the-art surgical instrument cleaning systems have many benefits and are validated by Intuitive Surgical to clean its full line of da Vinci robotic instruments. With this agreement, sterile processing departments throughout the U.S. and Canadacan now access all of their ultrasonic cleaning equipment from a single source.”

“This partnership with Getinge Group will expand the use of our ultrasonic cleaning systems at medical centers throughout the Americas,” said Becky Cale, President of Ultra Clean Systems. “Our goal is to further advance the field of sterile processing with more efficient products through constant research and innovation. This partnership will help us strengthen our research and development initiatives.”

SPD technician places lumen tray in Triton 72 ultrasonic cleaning system

About Ultra Clean Systems
Since 1999, Ultra Clean Systems has been innovating and manufacturing robust, versatile, and efficient ultrasonic cleaning systems for cleaning surgical instruments. Their line of ultrasonic cleaning systems includes tabletop models for use in small surgical facilities to floor models used in facilities with 20 or more operating rooms. 

Ultra Clean was the first to: design an ultrasonic cleaning system for cannulated instruments; incorporate industry-exclusive Titanium Rod Transducer (TRT) technology for even energy dispersion; develop a fully automatic yet independent dual-basin cleaning system; and integrate ultraviolet water filtration systems to help deactivate bacteriological matter. 

Under the agreement, Getinge will distribute all six ultrasonic systems, including the Triton 36 and Triton 72 models validated to clean robotic instruments with the capacity to clean four to six trays of instruments simultaneously. These ultrasonic cleaning machines have been proven to remove more than 99 percent of harmful debris from laparoscopic instruments. Premium stainless steel wire mesh trays and lids, custom trays for processing da Vinci instruments, disposable filters, detergents, and accessories for reprocessing lumens are included in the agreement.

SPD technician lowering robotics tray into ultrasonic cleaner

About Getinge Group
Getinge Group is a leading global provider of innovative solutions for operating rooms, intensive-care units, hospital wards, sterilization departments, elderly care and for life science companies and institutions. Getinge Group operates under the three brands of ArjoHuntleigh, Getinge and Maquet. With a genuine passion for life, we build quality and safety into every system. Our unique value proposition mirrors the continuum of care, enhancing efficiency throughout the clinical pathway. Based on our first-hand experience and close partnerships, we are able to exceed expectations from customers—improving the every-day life for people, today and tomorrow.