For decades, reusable pacing wires have been the industry standard to ensure that heartbeats remain normal 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 cables.
The problem with reusable pacing wires 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 1 out of 20 hospitalized patients, increasing care costs and risking patients’ lives.
Reusable pacing cables come in direct contact with the patient’s skin and 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.
By using reusable pacing wires, you increase the risk of your patients contracting an HAI, which impacts patient safety and your hospital’s bottom line. The best way to eliminate cross-contamination between patients and prevent HAIs is to use disposable cardiac pacing cables.
Investing in disposable cardiac pacing cables has several benefits, including:
Disposable pacing wires function the same way as reusable cables, giving your nurses a seamless transition to a disposable solution. They also save time by eliminating the need to clean and disinfect wires between patient use.
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Disposable cardiac pacing cables are easy to set up. Connect your disposable pacing wire to the monitor of your choosing, and you’re all set.
Disposable cardiac pacing cables are also fully shielded, reducing signal interference and meeting ECG cable and lead wire ANSI/AAMI industry requirements.
Another disadvantage to reusable pacing cables is the cost to reprocess them. According to a study released by Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, medical supply reprocessing—including maintenance, packaging, labor, and high-level disinfection—costs about $0.51 to $0.77 per instrument, with only 13% to 21.9% of opened instruments ultimately used. When reusable pacing wires are opened for a surgical procedure, all wires are exposed and must be decontaminated, re-assembled, and sterilized, regardless of whether the cables were used.
While reprocessing medical devices and supplies like pacing wires has been a longstanding best practice, as healthcare costs continue to rise, this process that was once considered an industry standard has become obsolete.
Operating rooms (ORs) accumulate a significant amount of waste due to doctors performing multiple surgeries daily, which requires a number of medical devices and surgical supplies like pacing wires. According to a study conducted by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, the number of surgeries performed in hospitals and medical facilities in the United States increased by 17% from 1992 to 2012.
Because of the surgery supply’s high reprocessing cost average, top healthcare facilities and hospitals are turning to disposable pacing cables to improve cost effectiveness without compromising quality.
At Remington, we know that disposable temporary pacing wires work as efficiently as reusable ones—without the extra cost of reprocessing and resterilization.
We offer a variety of disposable temporary pacing wires and medical accessories 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 wires 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.
Epicardial Pacing Cables (FL-601-97)
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.
EPG PSA Pacing Wires for Heart Surgery (S-101-97)
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 5348 or 5388 EPG models and are equipped with a Remington Safe-Connect for a secure fit to the EPG or PSA.
An Experienced Disposable Cardiac Pacing Cable Manufacturer
Remington is an experienced manufacturer of disposable medical devices, including multiple disposable cardiac pacing cables. Our experts design and manufacture all of our medical devices and 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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