Numerous innovations allow customised washing and disinfection
At MEDICA 2009, Miele is set to present a whole host of smart machines and accessories. These include special inserts for the reprocessing of theatre and dental instruments and new spray nozzles. In doing so, Miele, the leading purveyor of cleaning and disinfection solutions for clinics and surgeries, is perfecting its current product range. New compact washer-disinfectors also excel in terms of their wealth of special features, many of which were previously the preserve of high-end and much larger decontamination units. But quality lies in detail – which is precisely the motto Miele has chosen for its presentation in Düsseldorf (Hall 12, Stand E 17).
'With this extension and improvement to the product range, we are offering clients a full-line programme consisting of state-of-the-art technology and highly targeted, specialised processes', claims Andreas Barduna, Managing Director of Professional International, Miele's commercial wing. In combination with Miele's high-quality after-sales service operation, Barduna continues, the safety and material compatibility of instrument reprocessing can be guaranteed. In Germany alone, Miele Professional has no less than 141 highly skilled medical product engineers. Of these, a significant number have additional qualifications in testing and validating machine-based reprocessing systems, a service Miele offers as an option.
In order to reprocess instruments from a variety of disciplines both reliably and gently, Miele is also augmenting its already broad range of modular accessories. The new products and features at the Miele booth include an insert allowing the reprocessing of dental hand-pieces and contra-angles in large decontamination units as an exciting proposition addressing the needs of larger dental clinics. Miele will also be presenting devices to wash irrigation cannulae with an oval connection, suction switches and interruptors and external Veres cannulae in a variety of diameters, which could all only be reprocessed with difficulty in a machine environment in the past. New irrigation sleeves with quick-release catches save valuable time and help simplify the cleaning of minimally invasive surgical instruments and their connection to the appropriate baskets and inserts.
Greater performance in the compact class
Further innovative technologies such as the Perfect Speed Sensor spray arm control unit, already featuring on Miele's large-cabinet decontamination units, will be launched in 2010 on a new 90 cm wide generation of washer-disinfectors. The same applies to a maintenance-free method of detecting residue in wash liquor (Perfect Pure Sensor) as well as the Perfect Flow dispenser volume control unit. Miele's special patented OxiVario and OxiVario Plus programmes to ensure safe performance margins on critical instruments will be available in all machine-size categories, as will special programmes for orthopaedic and ophthalmic instruments.
The quality of machine-based reprocessing can in future be tested both simply and quickly using the new Miele Protein Check. This check, which takes place at the end of a programme cycle, represents a simple yet effective method of quality control in CSSD units and surgeries.
In order to guarantee high-level quality, innovation and user benefits, Miele is currently investing EUR 17 m in the extension of its production facilities in Bielefeld, Germany. This will create a new and central R&D, production and test centre for medical and laboratory products. All employed in these areas will profit from shorter distances, more direct lines of communication and maximum process efficiency. Miele Professional director Barduna: 'This puts the company in an ideal position to react to the most demanding requests from clients.'
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Investing in the future: This artist's impression shows the new facilities at Miele's Bielefeld plant which will be dedicated to the production of washer-disinfectors and come on line at the end of 2009. These facilities put Miele in an excellent position to meet future challenges in the medical device market.