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Prior to puncturing a vein with a syringe needle, the skin must be cleaned and sterilized to avoid secondary infection. In addition, potential cross-contamination from inadequate prepping has intensified efforts to find the most effective available means of applying antiseptic.
That is why Mediflex Hospital Products, Overland Park, Kansas, is supplying hospitals with the SEPP® Antiseptic Applicator. As part of the company's line of "specialty skin preparation devices," the SEPP applicator dispenses antiseptic only where desired and accurately controls its flow
The applicator consists of a cylindrical tube that, when squeezed, safely breaks a glass ampule inside. This action releases a controlled amount of antiseptic to a nonwoven, laminated, polyester-material tip that is used to pinpoint the area where the antiseptic is to be applied.
According to Mediflex President Joe Brandmeyer, the squeezable tube, extruded from Tenite® butyrate, a plastic supplied by Eastman Chemical Products, Inc., is an important part of the applicator's design and function.
"Because of this tubing construction, we have not received a single complaint about the SEPP applicatorsince we introduced it in September 1985," says Brandmeyer. "Tenite butyrate was the only material of all those we considered that had the qualities we needed. It is exceptionally clear, crack resistant and puncture resistant. In addition, it falls within the limits of our cost target."
SEPP solutions include Green Soap Tincture, 70% isopropyl alcohol, 70% isopropyl alcohol with 10% acetone, iodine (2% mild] tincture, PVP iodine 10%, and compound benzoin tincture, USR
For further Information about MedMex's SEPP Antiseptic Applicators, writ· Mediflex Hospital Products, 10880 Benson Drive, Suite 2330, Overland Park, KS 66210.
Coppertone® Introduces Water Babies™
Coppertone Water Babies lotion is the first hypoallergenic, high-protection waterproof sunscreen specially formulated for children's sensitive skin, according to Dr. Frank Akin, Senior Director of Clinical Research at Plough, Inc.
Water Babies lotion is nonstinging and PABA-free, says Dr. Akin, "ft is the only product in its category that is hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested for gentleness on children," he says. According to Plough research studies, 94% of the mothers surveyed wanted the sunscreen they use on their child to be hypoallergenic.
"Today more doctors are prescribing that children use sunscreens whenever they go outdoors, not only for beach trips," says Dr. Akin. "Recent studies show that by using a sunscreen with an SPF-15 or higher until they are 18, children may reduce their risk of getting certain types of skin cancer in adulthood by as much as 80%." Dr. Akin recommends that parents encourage daily use of high-SPF sunscreens for their children.
An ultra-protection lotion with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF] of 15, the Water Babies waterproof formula maintains its SPF for 80 minutes in the water. The nonstinging, nonirritating formula also contains a delicate "baby" fragrance. Active ingrethents include ethylhexyl pmethoxycinnamate and oxybenzone.
Water Babies lotion is currently available at drug, food, and mass merchandise stores. To obtain more information, contact Coppertone Suntan Products, Plough, Inc., PO Box 377, Memphis, TN 38151.