Newsweek recognizes Medline for infection prevention
Two products named to “Best Infection Prevention Products 2021” list
By Medline Newsroom Staff | July 20, 2021
Two Medline products – the Prefilled SwabFlush™ Syringe with SwabCap® and ReadyPrep CHG® 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate Cloth – are among Newsweek’s “Best Infection Prevention Products 2021.”
The list highlights “companies whose products are most promising for helping patients and healthcare workers avoid infection,” according to Newsweek, which compiled the list in partnership with The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit that evaluates health care quality.
A selection committee chose 54 “best” products based on four criteria: effectiveness, safety (to both patients and healthcare workers), successful real-world implementation and the stability of the company “to support future implementations.” When looking at safety and effectiveness, evaluations from the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency were considered, along with published research. Case studies from hospitals and other healthcare facilities were also used to evaluate real-world implementation.
“Every day, frontline healthcare workers are challenged with preventing the spread of infectious disease,” said Alan Weiss, president of Medline’s ReadyCare Division. “These two products align with Medline’s goals of helping healthcare providers to standardize protocols and build effective strategies to fight hospital-acquired infections. We’re honored to be included on this prestigious list.”
The Prefilled SwabFlush™ Syringe with SwabCap® is a saline flush syringe that includes a sterile disinfecting cap for protecting needleless connectors between line accesses. The integrated delivery system of a flush syringe and disinfection cap has been proven to reduce bloodstream infections and treatment costs.
Medline’s ReadyPrep CHG®, the largest chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) cloth on the market, is effective in reducing a broad spectrum of microorganisms on the skin for up to six hours, and minimizing the risk of dangerous, hospital-acquired surgical site infections.
“Over the last year of the pandemic, issues of infection and safety became top-of-mind for almost everyone, not just healthcare professionals. That concern is likely to remain with us for some time even as the threat of COVID-19 seems to recede in the U.S. and some other places,” according to Nancy Cooper, Newsweek global editor and chief.
Learn more about how Medline helps fight the spread of infection.