What are sterile equipment covers for aseptically performed procedures?
Hygiene is of particular importance to protect against infectious diseases that can arise during stays in hospitals. The constant challenge for hospitals is to minimise the risk of infections as best as possible. Country specific infection preventions acts form the legal basis that must be observed by medical facilities. The protection serves both patients and staff.
Sterile drapes are part of the hygienic measures for medical examinations or surgeries. They enable the use of non-sterile equipment for aseptically performed diagnostic or therapeutic procedures on the human body. Properly fitted, the covers form a sterile barrier around the device. Likewise, they prevent contamination by transferring microorganisms or body fluids from the patient to the device.
Sterile equipment covers from Promecon
Sterile covers for cameras, ultrasound probes or surgical lamp handles from Promecon ensure hygiene and safety in the operating theatre and protect doctors, medical staff and patients as well as the equipment. SonoGuard is a sterile cover for ultrasound probes. It consists of a strong, thin polyethylene film (LDPE) that is folded telescopically and thus simply slipped over the ultrasound probes. This protects the transducer and cables.
The OptiGuard camera cover is a sterile, disposable product made of durable, thin polyethylene, specially designed and manufactured for surgical procedures. This cover allows the camera to be quickly and easily covered in a sterile manner during laparoscopic procedures.
How are equipment covers applied?
Application of SonoGuard ultrasound covers
Sterile ultrasound covers are slipped over the ultrasound device. The material provides optimal visibility while protecting both the device and the patient. If the cover has an integrated ClearView adhesive ultrasound guide surface – like SonoGuard Plus -, no additional application of ultrasound gel directly on the ultrasound probe is required. This eliminates the need for time-consuming cleaning of the device after use. The ClearView adhesive ultrasound guide surface enables optimal ultrasound coupling and prevents the cover from slipping, e.g. in the case of the SonoGuard Plus ultrasound cover.
Otherwise, a gel must be applied to the transducer and the cover must be fixed with rubber bands or adhesive strips before the ultrasound covers are slipped over.
Application of OptiGuard camera covers
OptiGuard QuickChange Pro and OptiGuard QuickChange Arthro are closed camera covers with an optomechanical coupler that is permanently attached to the proximal end of the cover, allowing the endoscope to be connected to the outside of the cover while the camera and its cable are inside the cover. The coupler ensures the required mechanical connection between the endoscope and the camera and is designed for multiple disconnection and reconnection of the endoscope. The optical element integrated into the coupler maintains the barrier between the inner and outer environment of the cover in all conditions, while providing the required optical image transmission between the endoscope and the camera. The OptiGuard QuickChange Arthro closed camera cover is additionally equipped with a sealing element between the connected endoscope and the coupler, which prevents moistening of the optical components during irrigation.
OptiGuard Access is our/a simple, economical camera cover, consists of a sterile LDPE film with cardboard insertion aid for the camera head. It is telescopically folded and slipped over the camera as a sterile barrier.
Areas of application for sterile equipment covers
Sterile equipment covers are used in almost all surgeries or medical examinations. This helps to prevent contamination of wounds, equipment or doctors and medical staff with germs.
Specific applications of SonoGuard camera covers:
SonoGuard sterile covers for ultrasound equipment are suitable for ultrasound-guided procedures, for example in anaesthesia, intensive care, internal medicine and all surgical disciplines
Special areas of application for SonoGuard ultrasound covers:
- Regional anaesthesia (e.g. plexus anaesthesia)
- Placement of venous and arterial catheters (e.g. central venous catheter)
- Interventional punctures (e.g. targeted organ punctures)
- Hand surgery (e.g. for carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Intraoperative sonography
Specific applications of OptiGuard camera covers:
OptiGuard camera covers are sterile, disposable covers made of tear-resistant, thin polyethylene (LDPE) film to cover the camera and cable. When used correctly, the camera cover forms a sterile field around the video system during surgical laparoscopic, arthroscopic or similar transcutaneous or transurethral procedures.
Special areas of application for OptiGuard camera covers:
For endoscopic procedures with gas insufflation (e.g. laparoscopy). OptiGuard QuickChange Pro and Arthro for procedures where scope changes are needed OptiGuard QuickChange Arthro has been developed with a special seal for arthroscopy with irrigation. This camera cover is also ideal for other endoscopic procedures with irrigation, e.g. ureterorenoscopy.
Advantages of sterile device covers
Sterile equipment covers protect patients, medical staff and medical equipment. In particular, the protection against germs should be emphasised here.
SonoGuard sterile ultrasound cover – constant transmission, optimal visibility
SonoGuard is a sterile cover for ultrasound probes made of strong, thin polyethylene film (LDPE), which is folded telescopically and thus simply slipped over the ultrasound probes. This protects the transducer and cable. The premium product, SonoGuard Plus, has an integrated adhesive sound transmission pad. This means that no ultrasound gel is needed inside the cover. The image quality remains optimal. There is no need for time-consuming cleaning of the ultrasound device. An almost unique advantage that only very few ultrasound covers on the market have!
The advantages of SonoGuard at a glance:
- ensures sterility during ultrasound guided procedures
- easy handling thanks to telescopic folding
- sterile working without artefacts
- 2 versions: w/o and with ClearView adhesive sound transmission pad
- Ultrasound probe cover made of LDPE-film | latex- and phthalate-free
- chemically resistant to common disinfectants
OptiGuard sterile camera covers – optimal image transmission
All Promecon camera covers provide a sterile, protective cover around non-sterile cameras. The two premium models, OptiGuard QuickChange Pro and OptiGuard QuickChange Arthro are camera covers with an optical-mechanical coupler. The stable coupler, the connecting piece between the camera and the ocular, can be opened and closed quickly, allowing the scopes to be changed during the procedure, while the sterile barrier remains. The snap lock of the adapter also ensures very high coupling rigidity and is of advantage when high resolution cameras are used. The snap lock of the adapter also ensures very high coupling rigidity. Thanks to the coupler, the camera cover can be quickly removed after surgical use. A lens is integrated in the coupler, which means that the sterile barrier is maintained even when the objective is changed. The ultra-thin PMMA plastic lens in precision injection technology ensures unrestricted light transmission and minimal optical distortion. It guarantees optimised image transmission and is also suitable for high-resolution camera systems.
The fluid barrier of the OptiGuard QuickChange Arthro is unique. It prevents wound or other fluids from flowing onto the lens. The video image is optimally transmitted even during continuous use of irrigation. The lens remains free of irrigation fluids.
The advantages of OptiGuard QuickChange Pro and Arthro at a glance:
- snap joint for quick changes of scopes
- unrestricted light transmission
- reduced image distance between camera and endoscope
- very high image stability due to high coupling stiffness
- open insertion channel for the ocular
- redundant connection of the endoscope
- very high image stability (special benefit for arthroscopy)
- with optics exchange also for high-resolution camera systems
- tear-resistant and antistatic soft PE film
Unique advantages of OptiGuard QuickChange Arthro at a glance:
- liquid barrier between scope lens and adapter
- therefore particularly suitable for arthroscopy as well as urology
The advantages of OptiGuard Access at a glance:
- economical version
- no impact on the image transmission
- with cardboard insertion assistance for easy application
- telescopically folded tear away opening to connect the endoscope
- tear resistant and antistatic soft polyethylene film
- latex free
Advantages of surgical lamp handle covers
Sterile covers for surgical lamp handles reduce the risk of contamination of the surgical field.
Promecon's product range includes high-quality and at the same time economical disposable products. As a modern service company in the healthcare sector, we offer our customers comprehensive and service-oriented quality management and are certified according to DIN EN ISO 13485:2016. CareVis elastomeric pumps are manufactured in accordance with European guidelines.
Product range of equipment covers
Sterile covers for cameras, ultrasound devices or surgical lamp handles from Promecon are available in various versions. Innovative products such as OptiGuard QuickChange Arthro, whose liquid barrier prevents liquids from flowing onto the lens of the camera, and SonoGuard Plus with ClearView adhesive sound conducting surface are complemented by economical variants.
Further information on our product range of equipment covers:
For ultrasound-guided procedures in numerous medical applications.Lean more
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