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ASP Launches STERRAD(R) Sterility Guide - Eliminating Paperwork and Ensuring Compliance

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 General News J E 4
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IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 3 Advanced Sterilization Products(ASP), division of Ethicon Inc., is pleased to unveil a new global initiativethat will support the needs of healthcare professionals who are faced withinfection prevention concerns. The STERRAD(R) Sterility Guide, afirst-of-its-kind online tool, is designed to help healthcare professionalsaround the world quickly, easily and accurately determine which instrumentscan be sterilized in STERRAD(R) Systems.

As more and more medical devices come to market and infection controlstandards are monitored by industry groups, there is an acute need to provideaccurate and up-to-date guidance to hospital staff on which devices can besterilized in STERRAD(R) Systems. To fulfill this unmet need and demonstrateits commitment to following the Association for the Advancement of MedicalInstrumentation (AAMI) and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses(AORN) Standards and Recommended Practices, ASP took the lead and developedthe STERRAD(R) Sterility Guide.

"I visit customers each week and I'm constantly surprised when I see themounds of outdated paperwork and thick manuals they need to sift through inorder to determine whether a device can be sterilized in a specificsterilizer," said Barbara Trattler, RN, MPA, CNOR, CNA, and Director ofClinical Education at ASP. "Now, with the STERRAD(R) Sterility Guide,STERRAD(R) System customers can simply visit the STERRAD(R) Web site at theirconvenience in order to receive a timely and accurate answer -- it's so easyand the results are current."

By following a few simple steps on the new, easy-to-use Web site,www.sterrad.com/sterilityguide, STERRAD(R) System customers can immediatelyobtain confirmation 24 hours a day, seven days a week as to whether a devicecan be sterilized in a STERRAD(R) System. All devices listed on the STERRAD(R)Sterility Guide have been approved for use in a STERRAD(R) System by theappropriate medical device manufacturer. And because ASP has partnered withmedical device manufacturers around the world, new devices will be added on aregular basis.

Safety. Speed. Simplicity. 15 Years of STERRAD(R) System Innovation

STERRAD(R) Sterilization Systems have been on the market for 15 years anda market-leading 11,000 STERRAD(R) System units have been installed worldwide.The launch of the new STERRAD(R) Sterility Guide will enable customers tobetter utilize their STERRAD(R) System.

About ASP

Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP), division of Ethicon, Inc., aJohnson & Johnson company, has a long track record of designing and deliveringinnovative infection prevention solutions that dramatically raise the level ofhealth and safety for those who matter most. Our pioneering technology, globaldistribution, and established leadership position enable us to simplify theprocess of buying and operating infection prevention products and servicesevery day, for thousands of medical facilities around the world. This in turnenables our customers to focus on what they do best -- preventing infectionand saving lives.For Information Contact: Scott Shadiow Dorland Global 415-262-5206 (office) sshadiow@dorland.com Katie Sweet Advanced Sterilization Products 949-789-3945 (office) ksweet@its.jnj.com

SOURCE Advanced Sterilization Products
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