Last Day of ISBT London 2015

The 25th Regional Congress of the ISBT London 2015 at the ExcEL Exhibition Centre is coming to a close and today is Timestrip’s last day exhibiting.

We have enjoyed the opportunity to show off our new 6°C blood temperature monitoring indicator, Blood Temp 6.

If you haven’t yet stopped by, take a moment to see a demonstration of Timestrip® Blood Temp 6 or Blood Temp 10 and pick up a sample to take home.

You can meet us and our range of blood temperature monitoring indicators at Booth 573 at the ISBT London 2015 exhibition.

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Our blood range indicators include both 6 and 10 degree ascending temperature indicators to extreme room temperature indicators.

Activated with simple finger pressure, Timestrip temperature indicators provide an easy to read indication of both activation and temperature breach.

BT10 blood temperature monitor 10C

 

 

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GUEST BLOG by Mark Harvey: Parker- Clear Leaders in Employee Wellness!

parker_logoParker is a multinational company with over 58,000 employees worldwide and employee health and safety in the workplace is of primary importance. Parker has developed a series of initiatives aimed at promoting employee health, driven by Human Resources under the banner of Wellness, of which encouraging employees to drink more fresh water is key.

It is well recognized that the majority of adults drink insufficient water and should, throughout each day, drink up to 2 litres of water to stay hydrated. Moreover, drinking un-sweetened water helps cut intake of other less suitable liquids such as sugary, soft drinks with obvious health and dental benefits!

This specific initiative is so important to Parker that top management directly sponsor filtered drinking water solutions by employees in the workplace. The Parker Hiross Zander division, based in Padova, Italy, has been charged with promoting the installation and use of water fountain and drinking bottle systems for the 15,000 employees in over 100 sites in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Access in the workplace to fresh, filtered water by employees is critical to encouraging drinking water. However, reducing plastic waste is also critical to Parker so we do not want to use water dispensers with large water bottles nor encourage the use of disposable plastic cups. This is why we have created a package of water fountains with built in filtration, which are to be piped to the mains water supply, combined with dedicated employee drinking bottles to provide an ecological drinking water system.

Access means that each Parker site is being encouraged to place water fountains where their employees actually work, in areas of frequent employee use, and not just in the canteen and next to the coffee machine. Site layout and employee working concentration defines where and how many fountains are needed!

Multiple filtered drinking solutions!

We have five versions available to allow sites to match versions to local country tastes and needs and all have built in active carbon and sediment filtration and Ultraviolet lamp anti-bacterial systems. For example, we have found that in our German sites the sparkling water (CO2) fountain is very popular whereas in our UK sites the HOT water fountain is very popular for making tea and other hot drinks.

For standard use we have a cold water and ambient water version and we also have a similar version without an internal tank to simplify maintenance. In case of no clean public water supply being available we have a reverse osmosis version. We also have an under the counter filtration system without refrigeration for use with kitchen sinks and there are stand alone filters to combat hard water and bacteria.

We also use a Timestrip enabled three month Parker service reminder key-fob for use with activated carbon filters and to encourage optimum hygiene of our Parker filtered drinking water fountains through quarterly filtration service calls using our unique Parker service reminder.

Mr Peter Popoff, President Parker Filtration Group, with Mark Harvey (right), Aftermarket manager, Parker Hiross Zander division, standing next to a mix of three Parker water fountains with employee bottles installed in a site in Europe using our installation standard.   The wall poster shows Mr Don Washkewicz, President, CEO and Chairman of the Parker Hannifin Corporation.

Hygiene: filtration changes!

Optimum hygiene is promoted through quarterly filtration service calls through the use of our unique Parker service reminder (right) which uses Timestrip technology based on ambient temperature and no batteries.

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Reduce waste, improve health!

By making water convenient and easily accessible we are increasing the likelihood of employees consuming fresh, un-sweetened water. Paired with our Parker branded range of BPA-free plastic, transparent and fun to use 500ml water bottles, employees have a sustainable way of continually drinking water throughout the day.

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By eliminating disposable plastic bottles, drastically cutting the use of disposable cups, and stop having to use large bottle dispensers which risk injuries and require space and handling as well as leasing costs, we also help cut plastic waste.

– Mark Harvey, Divisional Aftermarket and Technical Support Manager for Hiross Zander Division of Parker

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American Society for Clinical Pathology backs Temperature Sensitive Labels for Red Blood Cells

A study published by the American Journal of Clinical Pathology found that temperature sensitive labels for monitoring blood can help hospitals and blood banks conform to the American Association of Blood Banks and US Food and Drug Administration standards for safe human blood transportation and storage.

While many front-line teams rely on the “30 minute rule” for returning blood back into storage, using a temperature sensitive label can increase the safety of the blood life cycle, while reducing wastage.

They found:

“…these devices offer transfusion services an opportunity to develop and validate their own in-house procedures to supplement and, thereby, improve on decisions using the 30-minute rule. For example, if a unit of RBCs were overheated by placement on a hot surface (eg, microwave heater, radiator, or the top of a refrigerator) but returned within 30 minutes to the transfusion service, its potential unsuitability would not be identified by a transfusion service relying only on the 30-minute rule. However, such a potentially unsuitable unit would be likely to be recognized if a temperature-sensitive label had been in place.

Also, procedures can be developed to use temperature-sensitive labels to avoid unnecessary and costly discards of blood components when storage for more than 30 minutes outside a temperature-monitored refrigerator raises questions about suitability.”

See how much you can save with our Cost Calculator and learn how Timestrip® can help you comply with temperature standards on our main site: https://timestrip.com/blood_cold_chain.php

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Timestrip® takes oral care innovation into France with Casino toothbrushes

One of France’s largest retailers – The Casino Group – has launched a new toothbrush range with the Timestrip® patented technology built into the grip, indicating when it’s time to replace the toothbrush.
Casino Group Timestrip ToothbrushThe Casino Group has a reputation for innovation across its own-label ranges and has listed the new toothbrushes in over 100 stores across France, giving the range prominent fixture positions to highlight the launch.

The company has secured a valuable ‘first-to-market’ advantage with the adoption of the Timestrip technology. There is no other retailer or brand manufacturer offering customers in France the unique oral care benefits of a Timestrip toothbrush.

The brush design makes the complete cleaning regime much more effective and helps protect teeth and gums, whilst cleansing the tongue during brushing. The Timestrip technology is activated at the first use by simple finger pressure and reveals the word ‘Changer’ after three months have elapsed – the optimum replacement period according to experts.

Dental professionals advise changing your toothbrush every 2-3 months as old toothbrushes do not remove plaque as effectively and bacteria can build up leading to dental problems such as gum disease.

In fact a new toothbrush is 95% more effective at removing plaque than a 3 month old brush, according to the British Dental Health Foundation.

The Timestrip® team are confident that the new Casino toothbrush range will increase repeat purchase levels whilst delivering dental health benefits for their customers as a result of a better oral care hygiene regime.

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