July - On a factory floor in Rancho Santa Margarita, Todd Egan's machine cuts through steel with measurements as precise as one-fortieth the width of a human hair. "I'm proud of my job," says Egan, who makes molds for surgical devices at Applied Medical Resources, a fast-growing firm. "Our components save lives around the world."
June - Applied Medical hosted Reducing SSI: Take Action with Evidence, the fourth of the Symposium Series, with over 150 attending. A panel of healthcare professionals discussed how a successful infection prevention program involves a multidisciplinary, collaborative team committed to evidence-based interventions. Speakers presented a thorough review of SSI bundles and discussed the successes of bundle development and implementation at their facilities. Materials from this Symposium Series, including study summaries and presentations, are available at www.stopwoundinfection.com.
February - Applied Medical launches the GelPOINT Mini Advanced Access Platform, a line extension of the GelPOINT product family. The reduced platform design enables a wider spectrum of single site procedures, enhancing cosmetic results and potentially reducing post operative pain.
January - Applied Medical introduces the Alexis orthopaedic protector, which provides 360° of atraumatic retraction and soft tissue protection. The Alexis protector enables optimal exposure and access to the musculoskeletal system. Designed with a durable sheath, the Alexis protector protects skin, muscles and nerves against damage caused by contact with sharp instrumentation and bone debris. Simple, yet innovative, the Alexis protector offers ultimate versatility for a wide range of procedures.
October - On October 1st, Applied hosted a symposium, "Reducing SSI: What Can You Do Differently Tomorrow?" Over 70 attendees gathered before the opening ceremony of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress to learn more about evidence-based practices to reduce SSI, such as care bundles, teamwork and wound protection. This symposium has provided a great educational forum for ACS to bring to light the hot topic of SSI, and more importantly, effective implementations to protect their patients. Materials from this symposium, including study summaries and presentations, are available at www.stopwoundinfection.com, a comprehensive resource for healthcare professionals interested in learning more about the prevention of SSI.
July - Applied Medical's Alexis wound protector/retractor has been featured in four new clinical studies and one new poster session highlighting the benefits of the device, particularly in significantly reducing the incidence of surgical site infection in a variety of abdominal procedures.
June - Applied Medical's Alexis wound protector/retractor is the focus of a study in Colorectal Disease, which has found the device to be "more effective in preventing SSI in elective colorectal resections compared with conventional methods." Although the study cites colorectal procedures to have a "higher risk of developing SSI compared with other operations," with SSI being the most frequent complication of colorectal surgery, it shows that "[r]ates of SSI in colorectal patients with the ALEXIS wound retractor were comparable to rates of SSI in clean surgery." REF
June - On June 6th, nearly 300 infection preventionists attended the APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) symposium "Reducing SSI: What Can You Do Differently Tomorrow?" sponsored by Applied Medical. A panel of leading surgeons and healthcare professionals discussed the scope of the surgical site infection issue, as well as clinically proven infection prevention methods such as bundles, wound protection, teamwork, mechanical bowel preparation and antibiotics. Materials from this symposium, including study summaries and presentations, are available at www.stopwoundinfection.com, a comprehensive resource for healthcare professionals interested in learning more about the prevention of SSI.