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IMS to Teach IAHCSMM Attendees When Not to Repair

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 5:45am
The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 19, 2012-- Surgical instrument repair is a large part of IMS' business, so it may be a surprise to some that at the upcoming IAHCSMM Annual Meeting, the company will offer a course addressing when replacement is a better option than repair.

"Yes, repair is a core of our business, but we also know that repairing an instrument beyond its useful life can lead to a sentinel event on the field. For the patients' sake, we want our customers to be able to recognize when an instrument is beyond repair," said Steve Dillon, IMS' Vice President for Surgical Instruments.

Dillon will present the one-hour interactive program, titled "Quality of Life for the Surgical Patient, Surgical Instruments, and You," twice on May 1. It is among several opportunities IMS is sponsoring at the IAHCSMM meeting.

The course will also focus on morale issues within the facility, including teamwork, work flow, and the relationship between instrument quality and quality of life.

Details: "Quality of Life for the Surgical Patient, Surgical Instruments, and You," will be presented in the IAHCSMM Learning Annex G at 9 am and 10 am on May 1. 1 CE Unit will be provided.

In addition, IMS will provide: -- IAHCSMM Scholarship Drawing: A chance to win free registration to next year's IAHCSMM meeting in San Diego. Booth 533.

-- Hands-On Lab: Walk through the inspection process of essential function and safety elements for rigid endoscopes, flexible endoscopes, camera/coupler/cable systems, and laparoscopic instruments. Participants will learn to: Identify salient inspection steps for rigid endoscopes Demonstrate an effective manual leak test for flexible endoscopes Perform an inspection of a camera/coupler/cable system Validate insulation integrity of a lap instrument -- IMS On-Location Van: An IMS On-Location technician will be available in one of IMS' mobile repair labs to answer questions about this convenient, cost-saving one-day service. Learning Annex G, Space 5.

-- Vikon Quick-Release Kerrison: Get to know this easy-clean rongeur, which opens fully but doesn't come apart, ensuring that parts are not separated during reprocessing. Booth 533.

About IMS: IMS provides surgical device and instrument management to more than 2,500 healthcare facilities nationwide. Services include instrument and device inventory management; real-time online data and tools to track instruments, tissue, and implants; advanced component engineering to restore each instrument to its original performance standards; and on-location clinical personnel to manage sterile processing and interface with the OR.

CONTACT: IMS Elaine Witt, 205-414-3620 elainewitt@imsready.com KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA NEW MEXICO INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SURGERY TECHNOLOGY HARDWARE OTHER TECHNOLOGY HEALTH HOSPITALS MEDICAL DEVICES OTHER HEALTH GENERAL HEALTH SOURCE: IMS Copyright Business Wire 2012 PUB: 04/19/2012 09:15 AM/DISC: 04/19/2012 09:15 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120419005160/

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