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Lead aprons are traditionally used in orthopedic surgery rooms, cardiac catheterization labs, radiology areas, radiation oncology facilities and beyond, as a protection from radiation. Unfortunately, they do not have a good process to disinfect them daily. Current practice to clean lead aprons involves using chemical wipes once a week/10 days/month, which is ineffective.  As a result, these lead aprons have been found to harbor infectious pathogens such as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile, Carbapenem Resistant Enterococci (CRE), that could be passed on the patients during surgeries and other procedures.   Autoclaving cannot be used because it will melt the nylon covering and also heat up the metal lead to a high temperature and cooling takes a very long time as well.

 

“Nosocom Solutions Inc.” has developed a proprietary disinfection tool- “DCab” to provide efficient and quick disinfection of lead aprons and white coats used in healthcare settings. It uses ultraviolet-C (UV-C) radiation based approach to provide quick (10-15 minutes), efficient (95-100%), and low cost disinfection of lead aprons and white coats in healthcare facilities to reduce possibility of HCP spreading HAI. Pathogens such as MRSA, Klebsiella, P.aeruginosa, aerobic spore forming bacteria, Coagulase negativeStaphylococcus, etc., growing on these lead aprons were efficiently killed during a recently held study at a cardiac care center. 

 

Lead aprons hung in a hospital
Inefficient disinfection using chemical wipes; not cleaned regularly either

Inefficient disinfection using chemical wipes; not cleaned regularly either

 

DCab is the first of its kind product that could be used to disinfect lead aprons used by radiation oncologists, cardiac cath lab surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, near surgeons and radiologists.