For decades, reusable pacing wires and cables have been the industry standard to ensure normal heartbeats during surgeries. Today, top hospitals and medical facilities are transitioning to a safer, more cost-effective way to keep the heart steady during operations: disposable pacing wires.
The problem with reusable pacing wires and cables is that they increase the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). One of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States, HAIs impact one out of 20 hospitalized patients, increasing care costs and risking patients’ lives.
After surgeries, the physician removes reusable pacing wires by pulling them out through the skin. Although used pacing wires are reprocessed and sterilized for later use, there’s still a risk associated with reusing them.
Reusable pacing wires are often near incision sites, making them a potential source of cross-contamination. Studies show that 77% of reusable, “clean” pacing wires are contaminated with one or more antibiotic-resistant nosocomial pathogens. This increases the risk of your patients contracting an HAI, which impacts pathogens. This increases the risk of your patients contracting an HAI, which impacts patient safety and your hospital’s bottom line, unless you use disposable pacing wires.
Using pacing wires after cardiac surgery or other operations means they need to be reprocessed for future use to ensure patient safety and device efficacy. The steps are detailed and complex, but we’ve broken them down into three concise steps for a better understanding:
- After being used in an operating room (OR), pacing cables receive an initial decontamination and cleaning, removing blood, tissue, and other contaminants.
- The cables are transferred to the reprocessing work area where it’s thoroughly cleaned.
- The cables are either disinfected or sterilized, depending on the intended future use, and are stored or transferred back into use.
Reprocessing medical devices like pacing cables is becoming obsolete due to high average costs, time-consuming steps, and the risks associated with the cable failing during surgery, which puts the patient at risk.
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Investing in disposable pacing cables has several benefits, including:
- Improved workflow: Disposable pacing cables function the same way as reusable cables, allowing for a seamless transition. They also save time by eliminating the need to clean and disinfect wires between patient use.
- Seamless setup: Disposable pacing cables are easy to set up. Connect your disposable wire to the monitor of your choosing, and you’re all set.
- Reliable performance: Disposable pacing cables are fully shielded, reducing signal interference and meeting ECG cable and lead wire ANSI/AAMI industry requirements.
At Remington, we know that disposable pacing cables work as efficiently as reusable ones, without the extra cost of reprocessing and resterilization.
We offer a variety of disposable pacing wires you can rely on, including:
Our ADAP-2000 disposable pacing cables are equipped with a Pac-Loc safety feature for transvenous and temporary pacing. Designed to provide a safe and reliable connection between 2 mm shrouded pin pacing catheters and multiple pacemaker models, the ADAP-2000 cable complies with FDA standards and ensures that patient safety isn’t compromised.
Remington’s BS-101-97 bi-ventricular pacing cables are designed with a small, disposable alligator clip-style wire that uses Safe-Connect for bi-ventricular pacing procedures. This innovative temporary cardiac pacing wire is a safe, cost-effective, and reliable alternative to reusable pacing wires.
The EPG PSA pacing wire for heart surgery uses disposable small and large alligator clip-style cables with Safe Connect for temporary pacing procedures. Our S-101-97 pacing wires are compatible with Medtronic EPG models and are equipped with a Remington Safe-Connect for a secure fit to the EPG or PSA.
Our epicardial FL-601-97 pacing cables have a disposable screw-down extension wire with a Remington Safety Separator for secure temporary pacing during open-heart surgery. Its FL-601-97 Fas-Loc accepts epicardial pacing cables at one end and plugs multiple EPG models with an adapter.
Remington is an experienced manufacturer of disposable medical devices, including multiple disposable pacing cables. Our experts design and manufacture all of our pacing wires in house to ensure quality and control. It’s our mission to reduce end-user costs, improve patient care, and guarantee reliability. Contact us today to learn more about why you should consider disposable medical devices and supplies for your facility.
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