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ProFormance Surveillance Testing
NOW! Test<span class="tm">™</span>

NOW! Test

Flexible endoscopes are a challenge to clean and disinfect/sterilize. Modern machines such as AER’s are effective tools for rendering scopes safe for use on the next patient, but how do you determine if the process was effective? By using the NOW! Test. This simple and rapid test (<12 hours) checks for Gram negative bacteria, helping to ensure that it is safe to use on the next patient. Utilizing a unique enzyme detection method, the easy to read fluorometer checks for the Gram negative bacterial growth (<10 cfu) by reading telltale fluorescence in the recaptured water. If the fluorometer reading is positive for Gram negative bacteria, reprocess the endoscope following manufacturer guidelines prior to use. Read More...

Flexible Endoscope Sampling Kit

Flexible Endoscope Sampling Kit

Endoscope manufacturers, regulatory bodies and healthcare facilities are increasingly concerned about the spread of communicable diseases, including clinically relevant microorganisms, on reprocessed medical devices. Healthmark Industries and Nelson Laboratories have joined forces to create an endoscope sampling kit for the purpose of monitoring and reporting objective results from clinical scopes. Everything necessary to collect and send a sample from a reprocessed endoscope for testing to determine the presence of objectionable microorganisms will be provided in the kit offered by Healthmark. The sample will be sent by the healthcare facility to Nelson Labs for independent testing of the sample for the presence of any microorganisms. If present, the organisms will be identified and quantified. The Endoscope Sampling Kit is intended to be used as a proficiency assessment for healthcare practices and not as a safety assessment for the reprocessed scope (not a “fitness for use” test). This surveillance assessment is important to help the clinical user determine if their scope is safe for use, requires additional reprocessing, requires additional testing or should be quarantined. The kit and related tests are intended as another help to assess the adequacy of healthcare facility scope reprocessing. Read More...

NOW! Swab Test<span class="tm">™</span>

NOW! Swab Test

Flexible endoscopes are a challenge to clean, disinfect and sterilize. Modern machines such as AER’s are effective tools for rendering scopes safe for use on the next patient, but determining if the process was effective can be difficult, which is why we’ve created the NOW! Swab Test. Our simple and rapid test (<12 hours) checks for Gram negative bacteria around the elevator mechanism using the swabbing method, helping to ensure the endoscope is safe to use on the next patient. Utilizing a unique enzyme detection method, the easy to read fluorometer checks for the Gram negative bacterial growth (<10 cfu) by reading telltale fluorescence in the recaptured sample. If the fluorometer reading is positive for Gram negative bacteria, reprocess the endoscope following manufacturer guidelines prior to use. The NOW! Swab Test is available as a standard item (NOW-1100; includes flocked swabs, sterile cuvettes, 5mL vial of sterile water, tweezers, sterile pipettes, gram negative test, and Ziploc bags), and a starter kit (NOW-1100SK; includes incubator and fluorometer). Read More...