Super Narrow and Budget Friendly at WFHSS 2018

This year the World Federation of Hospital Sterilization Sciences (WFHSS) will be holding their 19th World Congress of Hospital Sterilization at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, Mexico Oct 31 - Nov 3.  Last year’s Congress in Bonn, Germany, saw over 100 participating exhibitors including Tuttnauer Europe.  We consider the Congress a pivotal event for stimulating cooperation and the exchange of information and best practices with regard to sterilization and infection control.  That is why we have chosen this year’s Congress to debut the new GS Line of Super Narrow Autoclaves.  Come visit our newly expanded booth and see it for yourself.  We’ll be happy to see you and to share other new developments.

The Skinny on the New GS Line of Super Narrow Autoclaves

 The GS Line is designed to accommodate the tight space requirements of hospitals and medical centers.  At just 76 cm in width and a chamber capacity of 250 liters, it is one of the narrowest autoclaves in its category.  In addition, the single door model sits on castors and can be easily rolled out of position for servicing, eliminating the need for service space around the unit.  The GS Line represents a simplified design of autoclave.  It features the most intuitive and responsive display in the market, and overall is built with fewer components.  The result is a 30% reduction in maintenance costs!  Available in both single and double door versions. 

 

About WFHSS

The WFHSS dedicates itself to the promotion of the worldwide harmonization of sterilization departments and of decontamination practices to not only ensure that the quality of reprocessing is of the highest possible level across the globe, but also to ensure the basic right of every patient to be treated with a medical device of good quality.  In particular, the WFHSS provides (i) a meeting place for national and regional non-profit sterilization societies, thus stimulating cooperation and the exchange of information and best practices, and (ii) information via its website to all stakeholders and interested parties.

 

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Making Inroads in Africa

A New Office Opens in Addis Ababa

Tuttnauer is pleased to announce a major milestone, the opening of our first office in Africa.  The office, located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was opened in June and is part of a strategic expansion that has been in the works since 2013, when Ronen Blum was brought on board as Regional Sales Manager for Africa.  “Africa is a sleeping giant,” explains Ronen, “but what we are seeing is growing political stability, and governments encouraging foreign investment by way of privatization.  This is especially true in Ethiopia, where its capital Addis Ababa plays the role of continental capital.”  Not only is Addis Ababa a major transport hub for the entire continent, it is also where the African Union has its headquarters, as well as the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and other continental and international organizations.  As such, it is a cosmopolitan center, advanced in terms of trade and Western business practices.  The office is manned by two representatives; Biniam Shumet, a biomedical engineer, who will serve as Technician, and Ephrem Tesfaye, an engineer, who will serve as Sales Manager.

Although Tuttnauer is not new to the African market, the sales office will dramatically increase growth potential in Ethiopia, where over 200 autoclaves have been sold to date.  Until now, sales have either been direct, by way of government tender, or through local distributors.  In any event, the private sector remained largely untapped due to regulations which require a local registered presence.  “Now we have feet on the ground, actively knocking on doors,” says Ronen.  Perhaps even more significant is the ability to provide local training and post sales support such as parts and repairs, which goes a long way in building credibility especially for large government tenders.  The fact that registration and receiving the appropriate permits was extremely difficult, according to Ronen, may actually work in the Company’s favor.  Few competitors have a local presence, and in a business culture that emphasizes loyalty, Tuttnauer’s first mover advantage may very well secure its position as a leading supplier.

Aside from Ethiopia, Ronen has been busy developing contacts in Ivory Coast and French West Africa, where the Company’s market presence is minimal.  “Currently, sales are handled by the European office, but we need to partner with local dealers and translate our materials into French,” he explains.  “The potential is huge because of the overall lack of players.”  To that end Ronen has hired Dr. Sombie Abou, a local pharmacist, as the new Sales Manager for the region.  In addition, Ronen is working with Eyal Marom, owner of a medical supply company and business consultant, to develop a dealer network in Nigeria.

 

All four Africa representatives recently visited Head Office.  From left to right: Biniam Shumet, Technician for Ethiopia; Eyal Marmon, Nigeria Consultant; Dr. Sombie Abou, Sales Manager for Ivory Coast and French West Africa; and Ephrem Tesfaye, Sales Manager for Ethiopia.

 

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We Are Now ISO 14,001 Compliant

 

Tuttnauer now has an Environmental Management System (EMS) that is established in accordance with International Standard ISO 14001:2004. In simple terms, the Company is recognized for adhering to an environmental policy that it created, with specific objectives to reduce the environmental impact of its operations.  To that end, measures are now in place to (i) minimize waste, (ii) ensure compliance with environmental regulations, and (iii) to monitor suppliers for their regulatory compliance as well.  Although the objectives are voluntary, the Standard creates a framework to best ensure success.  By periodically revisiting our objectives and the measures in place to reach them, we hope to continually reduce our environmental impact.

Aside from the obvious benefit of conserving the planet, having an Environmental Management System can lead to a number of economic benefits as well.  Firstly, there is an overall higher conformance to legislative and regulatory requirements, and improved efficiency.  By minimizing the risk of regulatory and environmental liability fines, and reducing consumption and waste, operating costs are subsequently reduced.  Secondly, there has been a push in the last decade by consumers for companies to adopt better environmental controls, making the incorporation of ISO 14001 a smart approach for the long term and providing a competitive advantage over companies that do not adopt the Standard.  Compliance leads to improved public perception and a better position to operate in the international marketplace, especially when it comes to government tenders, where there is a growing interest in including certification to ISO 14001 as a prerequisite.

Here’s a short video that explains ISO 14001:

 

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New Line of Drying Cabinets

Tuttnauer is pleased to announce our new line of glass-door drying and warming cabinets for hospitals and medical centers.  The line consists of three energy efficient models that recycle 50% of the heated air, resulting in lower energy consumption and faster drying time.  A HEPA 14 filter filters out particles greater than 0.3 micron in size, ensuring safe clean air intake.

3 Cabinet Models

Dry-Ans

For drying a combination of surgical instruments and anesthesia circuits

  • Includes 6 drawers for 18 anesthesia circuits, and 5 shelves for surgical instruments
  • Heated air is supplied from the top of the cabinet ensuring deep penetration into bags, hoses, and instruments

Dry-10D

For drying surgical instruments alone

  • Includes 10 shelves, which can be removed to make room for taller loads
  • Heated air is supplied from the side of the cabinet

Dry-10B

For warming blankets

  • Includes 10 shelves, which can be removed to make room for taller loads
  • Includes 10 shelves, which can be removed to make room for taller loads

Other Features

  • Anti-corrosive stainless steel AISI 304
  • USB connection for digital records
  • Automatic alarm when filter change is required
  • Two PT 1000 interior probes for precise temperature control
  • Easy to use glass touch control panel and color LCD screen
  • Acoustic-thermal insulation ensuring that external temperature does not exceed 32°C
  • Ethernet port for traceability systems
     

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The Story of Dr. Frank the Bush Doctor

How One Man’s Life Changing Experience Changed the Lives of Thousands

For 17 years Dr. Frank Artress was a cardiac anesthesiologist in Northern California.  But at the start of the new millenium he and his wife Susan Gustafson, an educational psychologist and trained counsellor, found themselves at a crossroads and began to experience a shift in how they wanted to spend the second half of their lives.  They had always loved visiting foreign lands with cultures very different from their own and breathtaking landscapes.  For them Tanzania was such a place.  For years they had talked about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Facing Death

In July of 2002, they finally realized that dream and began a six day trek to ascend the highest peak in Africa.  For five days they enjoyed their climb, but on the sixth day Frank became deathly ill from high altitude pulmonary edema.  His fingers turned blue and he had difficulty breathing.  ‘I was pretty sure I was going to die,’ recalls Frank.  ‘Here I was, fifty years old and all they were going to be able to say about me was that I died with the most toys.  And I thought, if I had a chance to do it over again, what would I do differently?’  Soon afterwards, Frank lapsed into unconsciousness, however, due to the resourcefulness of his guide, he was lowered to the foot of the mountain in time.  At the hospital he was treated by an American trained doctor.  ‘You’ll recover,’ the doctor reassured him, ‘You’ll just be weak for a few days.’  Then he paused.  ‘You know, we really need doctors here in Tanzania a lot more than they need them in California.’

A Renewed Sense of Purpose

That remark, coupled with his feelings of regret, suddenly inspired Frank to start thinking about making a serious change.  From this place, the Foundation for African Medicine and Education (FAME) was born.  Frank and Susan returned to California, quit their jobs, sold everything, and moved to Karatu Tanzania in 2003.  Their vision was to establish a hospital run by Tanzanian doctors, nurses, and technicians, that would provide health services for underserved populations in that area.

They realized early on that the only way to reach many of their patients was with a mobile clinic.  ‘We started off just doing informal mobile clinics out of the back of an old Toyota pickup truck,’ reminisces Frank.  Thanks to donations they were able to eventually acquire a properly outfitted vehicle.  When villagers find out that Dr. Frank is holding a bush clinic, hopeful patients will sometimes walk for days to get treated.  The patient to doctor ratio in some of the areas he visits is as high as 60,000 to 1.

When villagers find out that Dr. Frank is holding a bush clinic, hopeful patients will sometimes walk for days to get treated

A Right to Affordable Healthcare

At Three Hills School in Arusha Dr. Frank and his team will see 650 children and adults over three days.  He works outside under the trees on rickety wooden school desks.  As word gets out of his arrival, the sick start trickling in by the dozen.  Due to poverty and isolation, many of these people have never seen a doctor.  In many cases, for just a few dollars in medicine a child’s life can be saved from malaria, tuberculosis, or basic infection.  Dr. Frank is adamant about how simple healthcare can be.  ‘If somebody comes in sick you don’t have to do $10,000 worth of tests to improve the quality of their life.  Often times you can give them $1.50 worth of antibiotics and absolutely change their life.  In some cases save their life!  It sort of goes back to all those reasons I went into medicine in the first place, and not all the bad stuff that’s become associated with it in the US.  I like the person I am a lot better here.’

Susan is just as adamant, ‘Everyone, regardless of their place in life, should have access to basic quality healthcare.  The sad reality is that that is not possible in so many parts of the world right now.  It’s really an issue of access for people in rural locations like this.  We have tried to create a model, an example, of what can be accomplished when all the variables are in place.  We have an incredible team of Tanzanian healthcare providers and it has been extraordinary to watch them serve their community in a setting where they have access to what they need to be good doctors and nurses.  They are making a difference everyday.  Lives are being saved.  Real people are walking talking and breathing because of the efforts of Tanzanians here at FAME.’  

To ensure that care is accessible to everyone, the cost of services are kept within the budget of the local population.  ‘Everything we’ve done here,’ explains Susan, ‘we’ve done with donor support, with the help of people an ocean away who share our vision.  It has been full of challenges, but it’s also been incredibly rewarding.  I feel extraordinarily blessed to be doing something that I find so gratifying.  For us it’s an honor and it’s been a remarkable journey.’

Inspiring Others 

In 2013, soon after the infrastructure for two operating rooms was completed, Tuttnauer’s Africa Sales Manager Ronen Blum was contacted by Dr. Frank regarding the acquisition of an autoclave for the CSSD department.  Understanding Dr. Frank’s constraints, Ronen recommended Tuttnauer’s 3870M model, a high quality but relatively simple autoclave that could be up and running quickly.  In addition, Ronen personally oversaw the sale, delivery, and training, instead of directing Dr. Frank through the usual channels.  This enabled him to provide the autoclave at a significant discount.  The operating rooms represent a huge step forward in FAME’s ability to serve seriously ill and injured patients “in-house”.  This is especially meaningful given that most of these patients do not have the resources to pursue care outside their home district.

 

In 2013 two operating rooms were completed, dramatically increasing access to medical treatment in rural Tanzania

Tuttnauer is proud to have been a part of this important milestone and have since supplied other equipment to FAME.  We are inspired by Dr. Frank’s and Susan’s vision of advancing patient-centered care in rural Africa, and look forward to helping out with any future needs.

 

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