December 9, 2013
An introduction to single-use instruments and procedure packs in ophthalmic surgery.
Malosa Medical can show you how single-use instruments and packs save time and money, while improving clinical care.
Improve efficiency, save money
Imagine having everything that is needed for a procedure, from instruments and cannulæ to drapes and swabs, in one throwaway pack. Now think of the time that this would save in the operating theatre - nothing needs to be checked, packed and traced. If single-use packs allow just one extra procedure to be performed per list the annual cost savings can be in the tens of thousands of pounds.
Eliminate reprocessing and damage, save money
With centralised sterile services, ophthalmic departments can no longer control the care of their delicate, expensive instruments. This extra element in the chain leads to increased damage rates and losses, as well as the increased cost of re-sterilising instruments.
Single-use opthalmic instruments eliminate the risk of loss and damage, and the cost of reprocessing.
Improve patient safety, eliminate risk, and tell your patients
The risk of Prion protein transfer on sterile, used instruments is very real. Single-use instruments for ophthalmic surgery are brand new every time; there is zero risk of cross-contamination. This should be advertised to patients as a selling point – what would your choice be if you were the patient?
Lower environmental impact?
Single-use ophthalmic instrumentsmay sound like an environmental pressure, but when the life-cycle of a reusable instrument is considered - the cost of transportation to and from the sterilising centre; the huge amounts of energy and chemicals used in reprocessing - this may not be the case.
With single-use instruments the only waste is the instrument itself. There is no associated environmental issue and the steel is available for recycling.
Malosa are a wholly British owned operation. Our manufacturing, labour, and health & safety standards are based on British accepted practices. The average pay of our workforce in China is over 3 times the China National minimum wage. We do not employ anyone under the age of eighteen.
Our company strives to be the example of ethical overseas instrument manufacture.
All Malosa instruments undergo a 12 point QC check at the manufacturing facility. They are then brought to the UK where they undergo a further check and are cleaned to clinical standards, before being packed in our Class 7 clean roomand sent for sterilisation. Malosa packs and instruments are sterilised with a low energy cold process using Ethylene Oxide.
This is what our users say
Professor Dan Reinstein MD MA(Cantab) FRCSC DABO FRCOphth – The London Vision Clinic
“We have been extremely happy with the quality of Malosa’s instruments; one huge pleasure of using single-use instruments is that every single time you operate you are using a ‘new instrument’ - no more bent tips!”
Mr Neil Johnson FRCOphth, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Anglian Community Eye Service (ACES)
“Setting up our independent ophthalmic centre was made so much easier by using Malosa single-use instruments. This is clearly the way forward in ensuring patient safety while providing an efficient and cost effective solution”
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November 14, 2013
Charity: Facing Africa - Noma
Malosa are delighted to continue our relationship with the charity Facing Africa who carry out life changing reconstructive surgery for the victims of Noma across sub-Saharan Africa. During the charity’s recent trip to Ethiopia they were able to make use of our donated single-use procedure packs to carry out a variety of aesthetic facial procedures.
"Thank you and Malosa so much in supplying and donating these sets." Mr LeRoux Fourie
What is Noma?
Noma is an acute and ravaging gangrenous infection affecting the face. The victims of Noma are mainly children under the age of six. Caught in a vicious circle of extreme poverty and chronic malnutrition, these children unimaginable pain, discomfort and social exclusion from their communities. It is estimated that the mortality rate reaches up to an alarming ninety percent with 140,000 new cases each year.
Noma exists predominantly in remote rural areas and is usually considered a curse. Villages and hamlets have little, if any, access to doctors or hospitals. The parents of a Noma victim will in most cases consult a traditional healer whose unconventional healing methods often make the condition worse or even bring about an accelerated death. In many cases, villages are situated up to four hours walk from a main road. Even then, the parents or guardians of Noma victims do not have the resources to get to a hospital.
Most hospitals and rural clinics have neither the antibiotics to treat the bacterial infections nor the clinical expertise or surgical instruments to treat the facial deformities. This means that the few survivors of the gangrenous infection will spend the rest of their lives with these facial disfigurements, pain, discomfort and rejection by their communities.
What is being done to help?
In 1998, Chris Lawrence heard about the terrible plight of the hundreds of thousands of children suffering the dreadful destructive effects of “Noma”. Wanting to do something to help, he contacted Allan Thom, a Consultant Orthodontist whom he had known for several years to ask if he had ever come across the disease. Together, Chris and Allan spoke to dozens of people and scoured the internet to finally conceive and register the charity “Facing Africa – NOMA”.
Since 2000, Facing Africa has been working closely with its European partners AWD Stiftung Kinderhilfe (Germany) and The Dutch Noma Foundation. As of February 2013 they had raised an amazing £2.75 million. These donations are used to send two teams of volunteer surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses to Ethiopia each year to carry out complex reconstructive surgery on the children affected by this horrendous infection, carrying out between up to forty life-changing procedures every trip.
Where do we come in?
Malosa were first approached for help by the Facing Africa team in 2011. They made us aware of the plight of Noma sufferers and the huge amount of resources required to make each trip successful. Moved by the charity’s great cause we were more than happy to be able to offer any support we could.
The most recent request came in July 2013, for a donation of instruments to aid the October mission to Ethiopia. We were able to supply 50 of our minor procedure packs completely free of charge. Below are some images of our packs being used in these life saving surgeries.
"We used a huge amount of the sets donated by Malosa in Ethiopia between 4th - 18th October. 35 cases were done using your sets. Thank you and Malosa so much in supplying and donating these sets.”
Mr LeRoux Fourie
Consultant Plastic Surgeon,
Pinderﬁelds General Hospital
It is fantastic knowing that our donations made such a difference to the success of each trip. We look forward to being able to work with Facing Africa again in the near future.
More information can be found at: www.facingafrica.org
Follow Facing Africa on Twitter: @facingafrica
October 10, 2013
ESCRS Amsterdam 2013
Last weekend was spent at the RAI in Amsterdam where Malosa were exhibiting our complete range of single-use instruments for ophthalmic surgery. The ESCRS annual meeting is traditionally very-well attended and this year proved to be no different with thousands of ophthalmic surgeons in attendance to take part in a comprehensive schedule of talks, presentations and wet-labs.
Over 1,000 of the presentations & posters from the event are available online through the ESCRS On Demand portal.
Below are a few photos which we shot whilst on the Malosa stand.
September 17, 2013
ESCRS Amsterdam 2013
Malosa are proud to be in attendance at the 31st annual congress of the ESCRS. The event takes place next month (5-9 October) at the RAI in Amsterdam. Teams from both Malosa and Malosa France will be on hand throughout the congress to discuss our complete range of single-use instruments for Ophthalmology. On display will be our pioneering instruments and procedure packs for Corneal Ring Implantation (INTACS, Ferrararing, Keraring) alongside the new Spalton IOL Explantation Set, instruments for Zeiss’s ReLEX procedures (FLEX™ & SMILE™), and Choppers & Manipulators for Femto-Phaco procedures.
We’ll also have our new brochures for standard or bespoke Phaco and Refractive procedure packs, Lid & Lacrimal Washout Packs and Sub-Tenons Anaesthesia packs.
Visit our booth (B09) for a coffee and a chatabout our single-use solutions. Alternatively, if you’d like to make an appointment to discuss any aspect of our products or service please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
August 15, 2013
New Range for Corneal Surgery
More information of the procedures themselves: here