New PDC Healthcare Gantry Guard™ Disposable CT Gantry Cover Helps Hospitals Minimize Clean-up Time from Patient Fluid Spills
Disposable Plastic Cover Protects Valuable CT Scanners and Helps with Sanitary Issues
Valencia, Calif. (April 26, 2016) – PDC Healthcare, a global leader of innovative identification and patient safety solutions, introduced Gantry Guard™ disposable Computed Tomography (CT) gantry covers for hospital CT imaging departments. Gantry Guard™ provides a barrier between the CT gantry and patient fluids, allowing for quick and easy clean-up.
Hospitals spend an estimated $12 million annually on CT imaging down-time for clean-up and repairs caused by patient fluid incidents, according to a third party survey conducted in August 2015. Gantry Guard™ shields the entire lower half of the CT bore, adhering to the machine with adhesive strips that can withstand 40 ounces of patient fluids. After an incident, which could include contrast media, blood, or vomit, the cover is easily removed and replaced, minimizing clean-up time and helping with sanitary issues.
“We’re a busy facility, so any help that we can get to prevent a scanner from going down benefits us tremendously,” said Kathy W., CT Technologist BS RT(R) CT for Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. “Gantry Guard™ is an easy on, easy off solution, and serves its purpose of protecting the gantry from fluids.”
“Patient fluids can get into the crevices of the CT scanner and cause serious damage to the equipment. Time consuming clean-up and down-time for repairs consequently reduce facility productivity and revenue,” said Jennifer Whitcomb, product manager for PDC Healthcare. “Gantry Guard™ provides peace-of-mind that the hospital’s expensive equipment is protected while technicians no longer have to make direct contact with patient fluids.”
Gantry Guard™ measures 296 centimeters wide by 206 centimeters long and is packaged 25 per box. Gantry Guard™ with CT scanners has been validated not to increase patient radiation or present any visual changes in CT images. Validation was performed under the supervision of a medical physicist at the University of Virginia. CT image evaluations were performed by a Board-certified, licensed radiologist. All image acquisition and analyses were consistent with both American College of Radiology guidelines and with relevant international standards.
For more information about Gantry Guard™, please visit www.pdchealthcare.com/gantryguard.
About PDC Healthcare
With nearly 60 years of experience, PDC Healthcare connects people, products, and technology worldwide through innovative identification systems for the safe and efficient management of patients and procedures. PDC Healthcare is the result of the merger between two industry leaders and pioneers in healthcare: Precision Dynamics Corporation (PDC) and The St. John Companies Inc.
PDC Healthcare is a global leader and pacesetter in the development of wristband, label, medical records, and imaging systems. An originator of innovative technologies, the company introduced the first single-piece patient wristband, first bar code wristband system, first thermal printer wristband, first Smart Band®RFID wristband system, and the award-winning PDC Smart® Kiosk, among many other innovations.
PDC Healthcare products are used by over 90% of U.S. hospitals and comprise a comprehensive range of solutions that provide positive ID and positive clinical outcomes, while meeting important guidelines of The Joint Commission, World Healthcare Organization, FDA, AHA, and HIPAA. Complying with ISO 9001 standards, PDC Healthcare follows a systematic, world-standard approach to ensure superior product design, manufacturing, and customer support services. For more information, visit www.pdcorp.com or www.pdchealthcare.com
On Dec. 28, 2012, PDC Healthcare was acquired by Brady Corporation, (NYSE:BRC) a world leader in identification solutions for premises, products, and people.