BD launches expanded line of Visitec single-use microsurgical instruments

5 October 2009

BD Medical — Ophthalmic Systems, a unit of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), has announced the worldwide launch of its expanded line of the BD Visitec stainless steel single-use instruments and customised trays.

With the addition of 30 new instruments and customised trays, healthcare facilities have the potential to increase efficiency by eliminating the need for costly and time-consuming re-sterilisation of each product.

“BD is pleased to expand our offering of single-use microsurgical instruments to meet the challenges of infection transmission prevention and help facilities around the world comply with strict safety requirements,” said Doug Lawrence, Vice President and General Manager, BD Medical - Ophthalmic Systems.

“This launch reflects BD’s continued commitment to developing safety-engineered, single-use medical devices to protect patients and healthcare workers against the threat of cross contamination and bloodborne diseases.”

Concerns over the transmission of infectious agents during ophthalmic surgery have led to increased sterilisation regulations and the recommendation of single-use instruments. The French Health Ministry has adopted single-use instruments as the standard for infectious disease control in surgery. Additionally, there is growing support throughout Europe to use single-use instruments in an effort to address potential risk of transmission of Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease.

"In today's environment of increasing safety requirements and recommendations, single-use instruments provide a technical and economical solution,” stated Dr. Thierry Amzallag, Ophthalmic Institute of Somain, France. “Single-use instruments are of great significance for the future of ophthalmic instruments."

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