Hospital Sterilization Practices and Timestrip

As part of the measures to control the spread of coronavirus, many organisations, from hospitals to care homes, are tightening up procedures that involve touching surfaces.

From hospital curtains to pharmaceutical carts to floors, sanitation protocols need strict adherence to prevent contamination more than ever.

In response to this risk, sanitisers and sterilization products such as wipes and solutions are increasingly being put to use. As far as current medical knowledge knows, the virus is very sensitive to the cleaning and disinfecting agents currently in use.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that ‘enveloped’ viruses such as COVID-19 are the easiest type to inactivate using disinfectants.1

A spokesperson for the American Hospital Association says that while frequent cleaning is standard, hospitals are giving special attention to “high-touch surfaces such as in-room phones, TV/nurse calls, light switches and cords, handles, drawer pulls, bed rails, tray tables and bathroom fixtures.”2

However, sterilizing solutions will only achieve maximum efficacy while still fresh. They must be used within a specified period after being opened and have a limited shelf life.

Timestrip time indicators can be a valuable part of the infection control processes here, and a range of standard products is available.

Timestrip Time indicators are a visual alert that a disinfectant is out of date

Timestrip has a wide range of time monitoring indicators for hospitals in stock for quick ordering and shipment.

For monitoring the shelf life of proprietary sterilisers, our stock 1 and 2 year Timestrip Time indicators are available.

Time 7 days

Disinfectant solutions such as medical device sterilizers, dental disinfectants and hospital waterline disinfectants can have shorter shelf lives after preparation.

Timestrip Time 7 Day indicators are a stocked solution that has time markers for 1, 3 and 7 days.

Custom Healthcare Disinfectant Solutions

Timestrip custom solutions are available for specific time or temperature monitoring requirements. We design and manufacture solutions to suit your procedure, product or brand.

For stock (or custom) indicators, custom backing cards can be designed.

They can communicate to hospital workers on sanitisation procedures, give a place to securely attach indicators and and can be kept for validation of protocol.

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Shorter time indicators monitor sterilization procedures with critical time components. For example, hospital grade disinfectants with a 1, 3, 5 or 10 minute wait time for max efficacy.

Custom designed time indicators can provide confirmation that an area has been adequately sterilized with markers for 3, 5 and 10 minutes.

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Prepared solutions might have specialised shelf life monitoring times.

We can design a Time indicator with monitoring time from a few minutes to 2 years and even include multiple times within that range.

Contact us to get your hospital disinfection time monitoring solution today.

1 Infection Control Today “Surface Disinfection When Fighting COVID-19” link
2 NPR “Ships, Planes And Other Spots Are Getting A ‘Deep Clean.’ What’s That Mean?” link

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Ensuring Safe Home Food Delivery

During the current coronavirus outbreak, many of us are reviewing our shopping habits. Online purchasing can be a good way to avoid unnecessary personal contact. But what about chilled or frozen food?

How can we be sure that delivered supplies are kept at the right temperature, and stay safe to eat throughout their journey to our homes or offices? Some folks are even waiting longer before handling any food delivery, making storage conditions even more important.

Timestrip temperature indicators are available for producers and retailers to verify correct food transport conditions, reassuring the end customer that all is well.

Having a clearly visible indicator also helps encourage good operating procedures. When the boxes are opened, consumers can see if food has been kept at a safe temperature. If a temperature breach occurs, you can see a colour change from white to blue in the TTI window.

Here are a few companies that have adopted Timestrip solutions for safe food delivery:

Choicelunch

Choicelunch delivers fresh lunch food and used Timestrip PLUS smart indicators applied to the
inside of each cool box so they have a simple, highly accurate and clearly visible readout showing
how long the contents have been above the critical chilled threshold.
Choicelunch (and the State Health Inspectors) love the tamper-proof integrity of the Timestrip PLUS indicators.

From Home with Love

From Home With Love provides hundreds of home cooks across the USA with the packaging
necessary to send home cooked frozen meals to loved ones away at college, on work assignment or
on military service. They are including Timestrip PLUS Food indicators to reassure recipients that their lovingly prepared meals were stored below 5°C (40°F) while in transit.

Oliver Kay

Leading fruit and vegetable wholesaler Oliver Kay Produce has adopted Timestrip technology to help customers comply with temperature guidelines for fresh produce. Oliver Kay began placing Timestrip indicators on its crates to indicate clearly where the temperature breaches were
occurring, enabling them to show customers that they were not storing produce correctly.

It stopped complaints for problems over which we had no control and also enabled customers to improve shelf-life and quality of produce at their own locations.

Chris O’Connor, MD at Oliver Kay.

Ready-to-cook dinner packages

A couple of years ago, a study into delivery of ‘home meal kits’ by Rutgers-Tennessee State University suggested that nearly 47% of 684 items researchers ordered arrived with surface temperatures above 40°F (5°C), rendering them unsafe to consume.

Surface temperatures varied significantly among products in the same shipment, and even on different locations on the same product. Timestrip has developed low-cost time and temperature indicators (TTIs) that can be placed inside meal delivery boxes to monitor the internal temperature.

When the boxes are opened, consumers can see if a temperature breach has occurred, shown by a colour change from white to blue in the TTI window. Each Timestrip TTI includes a serial code to ensure batch traceability, and Timestrip indicators can be kept and/or recorded as proof of a temperature breach.

Stock & Custom Home Meal & Food Delivery Solutions

Timestrip designed and manufactures a line of low-cost time and temperature indicators (TTIs) that can be placed inside the food delivery boxes to monitor the internal temperature. Custom products can be manufactured to meet a range of compliance temperatures used in the food industry.

Timestrip Food temperature range
Timestrip PLUS Food Temperature indicators
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How Timestrip Indicators Benefit Healthcare & Food Industries

Exclusive Timestrip Feature on That’s West Anglia. Watch below:

Transcript:

This little sticker plays an important part in measuring temperature breaches for seafood. The chemicals inside the indicator react to changes in temperature, irreversibly revealing any instances which might have impacted the quality of the product.

We supply into sectors like healthcare, blood, pharmaceutical, life science, and food which are all highly regulated sectors. These are regulated by the WHO, the FDA and other regulatory bodies globally.

At Timestrip, we have solutions that help the client adhere to those regulations and enable them to have confidence that their products are getting to the end location in the right status.

The technology can be adapted for a range of purposes.

We have time indicators that span 1 hour right up to 24 months and it’s used as a visual impact reminder to do something. And that could be anything from replacing a water filter in your home or replacing the filter in your cooker hood.

But not only things in the home it’s also used in the profession where healthcare professionals are reminded to renew or replace or change their antibacterial curtains. As well as replacements of cannulas, catheters, IV lines, and other applications like the prompt endoscope reprocessing which is a regulation and we help adhere to those regulations.

In healthcare the temperature indicators are used to ensure the safety of transported blood bags.

Regulations say if blood goes above 10°C through transportation it has to be discarded. Our indicators are proof it hasn’t gone above 10°C if it hasn’t and those blood bags can be put back in and reassigned to other patients.

Once the breach has happened they are non reversible. So once it has happened it can not be reversed or changed in anyway and this is one of the positive characteristics of the technology itself.

The sensors help eliminate waste and ensuring integrity of products. The company’s new eTimestrip takes a step further towards data loggers.

Our eTimestrip is an indicator which can run for a long time because of being an electronic device. It is used for one or more temperature breaches. It has a traffic light system: red, green and amber to indicate to the user a temperature breach has occurred. And also it has the ability, by use of an app, to capture those breaches.

It captures the level of breach, the duration of breach, and also the time and date it occurred. This information is then uploaded to an application. the product itself is compliant to the 21CF Part 11D regulation which is very beneficial for pharmaceutical shipments, and highly valued and regulated product shipments.

With the press of a button the indicator gets to work. It may look simple, but this tiny piece of smart technology is as smart as it needs to be to carry out its mission. Science magazine, the Scientific American, named sensor technology as one of the emerging technologies for 2019, with potential to provide major benefits to society in the future.

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Emerging Technologies list features Timestrip

Timestrip has won a mention in the ‘Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019’ by the prestigious magazine Scientific American.

The December edition analysed the emerging technology trends that are ‘poised to rattle the status quo’.

Timestrip was identified as one of the technologies with the potential to vastly improve food safety with its sensors to monitor the quality and safety of food.

Scientific American worked with the World Economic Forum to evaluate those trends that are attracting a lot of interest, and have the potential to provide major benefits to societies and economies. The selected few are expected to make significant inroads in the future.

Timestrip food indicators called an emerging technology

Timestrip Food Temp indicators have been designed with FDA guidance in mind

READ MORE about our emerging technology in food safety

Read the full list on the Scientific American site.

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