Concerns over expired PPE highlights importance of time monitoring

The coronavirus pandemic has led to greatly increased demand for personal protective equipment (PPE). Agencies around the world have been hurriedly shipping any available supplies to healthcare centres, comprising millions of units.

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Regrettably, healthcare workers are reporting that some of these supplies are past their stated expiration dates, potentially rendering them unusable for critical procedures such as surgery.

This scenario is a dramatic example of the importance of implementing clear and easy to use indicators to allow monitoring of medical supplies against their designed lifetime, thus ensuring complete efficacy.

Sanitiser dispenser with a Timestrip expiry reminder

Products with finite lifetimes include face mask filters, cannulas and IV feeds, as well as many chemicals such as hand sanitisers.

The Timestrip range of time monitoring indicators includes standard products for 1 year and 2 year periods as well as shorter ones. Bespoke indicators can be produced for other periods.

While the shipping and even the use of time expired medical supplies is understandable in the current public health emergency, healthcare authorities planning their procurement systems have the opportunity to ensure the safe restocking of supplies going forward.

At Timestrip, we are committed to doing all we can to help so please just let us know.

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Timestrip COVID-19 Update

As the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak is felt by businesses around the world, we wanted to let our contacts, partners and clients know what we are doing at Timestrip UK. 

We are deeply concerned about the welfare of our staff, customers, suppliers and distributors, as we work hard to adapt to significant changes at work.

We regard the health and safety of our employees as of the highest importance, and our people are generally working from their home base using electronic communications including video conferencing. We are reducing travel to a minimum. We also suggest that meetings with external parties are held remotely.

While we do not expect this will cause a loss of service level, should you have any concerns, please let us know.

On a positive note, we would like to reassure you that we are working with our customers and distributors around the world to ensure the continued supply of our time and temperature indicators in the future.

Indeed, we are responding to an increased demand, especially for those products that form a part of best practice hygiene procedures.

Stay safe,

Nora Murphy
Head of Commercial Operations

Timestrip UK Ltd

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How Timestrip Indicators Benefit Healthcare & Food Industries

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

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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

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Read the full list on the Scientific American site.

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