History is something I love, because the more we learn from it, the more we understand the future.
In 1968 the Russians repeatedly told the American people “There is no way you will go to the moon, we have better technology and we haven’t even thought about it, there is no way you will achieve it”….The rest as we all know is history.
History is something I love, because the more we learn from it, the more we understand the future.
We Are Ready to Laser Mark Surgical Instruments!
One of the most important task following the FDA UDI rule (Unique Device Identification) is the marking and retrofitting of each instrument inside the hospital's supply chain with a 2D DataMatrix code. This barcode is universal (It can be GS1 as well) and can be read by any barcode reader, as well by any tracking system available in the market.
Surgical instruments laser marking on site. Laser marks with ZERO rust
We have been moving the laser unit around hospitals while running some tests and most importantly, perfecting the inside process for laser marking surgical instruments.
Surgical instruments laser marking. Is is just simple science
Presenting the new NuTrace Fiber Laser exclusively designed for the SPD.
When we first started studying the physics of lasers, wavelengths, metals etc, it took me back to my early days of high school chem lab where I learned the basics of metals, the periodic table (yes, one-by-one with atomic mass, atomic number and symbol names). I was surprised back then to learn that the only element that rusts in nature is iron (Fe).
Surgical Instrument Laser Marking brings you a great control of each single instrument in the supply chain
But please make not mistake, it is one of the most sensitive variables in the instrument tracking process.
Tracking at instrument level shouldn't be painful
These days with the concerns over superbugs, prion diseases and other common issues related to instruments found in the operating room, instrument traceability is a must have. Tracking at the "Tray Level" really will not fix any of the problems above.
I want to start this article with one fact, I love my "job" and if you ask me what it is that makes me love it so much; my answer would be only one word “Learning”.
Surgical laser marking-etching can be extremely complex
We received a call from an SPD manager asking us to fix some surgical laser marks done no long ago by an industrial laser provider.
Laser Marking a Nezhat Instrument Set
We received a Nezhat set from a customer as part of NuTrace Lean process implementation on site for FDA UDI.
Surgical Instrument Laser Marking, 800 Microns
We just broke our own record marking a surgical instrument (800 Microns 2D code on an irrigation needle).
We want to thanks all visitor that came to our booth at IAHCSMM 2016 in San Antonio.
Thanks to the North Carolina chapter for IAHCSMM for a great 2016 meeting.
If you are tracking at the tray level and are ready to track at the instrument level, this is your opportunity to have it all with NuTrace.
Patient sample Traceability
These days traceability is becoming a very important part of the daily healthcare schedule. When you need to look back in time to collect a patient's information, for any reason, you want to be sure everything is in one place. While also being quick and accessible for those who need it.
We will have have everything you need to know about NuTrace and our Lean Process. Our booth (1226) will include info on the planning of surgical sets, see instruments on our arrival/departure display, our R+ reader which is the fastest 2D reader in the world, and our NuTrace fiber laser.
Branding is all around you.Look inside your hospital, you will see brands popping out around you, from the soap dispenser to the instrument you are holding right now in your hand, it is all about branding.
Surgical instrument laser marking is the most efficient, easy,clean and affordable way to etch 2D barcodes on surgical instruments.
Here at NuTrace we have the technology and years of experience in DPM (Direct Part Marking) to not only provide you with state-of-the-art fiber laser technology. We seamlessly mark your own surgical instruments in-house.
Placing a 2D barcode with laser technology on surgical instruments
Laser technology is not only clean and touch-free, but compared with other technologies, extremely efficient and has no limitations.
Operation Room and Sterile Processing Department. Best Practices Managing Communication.
One of the most critical key elements for success in healthcare is communication and information management.
The convenience of laser marking on site
Nutrace has an onsite laser marking unit available to our customers.
The difference between tracking and inventory management are substantially different and seems to be a confusing topic in healthcare, especially within the instrument tracking world.
In some patients undergoing neurosurgery, a CJD diagnosis that is not suspected before the procedure may be confirmed during or after neurosurgery.
I had the pleasure of attending the North Carolina Sterile Processing meeting in Winston Salem, NC the first week of November.
If you want to see the real benefit of surgical instrument laser etching
or container's lids laser marking, just contact us,
We want to sincerely thank the Tennessee iahcsmm chapter for inviting us to their past meeting in Knoxville, TN.
We received great assistance and very positive comments from our total instrument tracking system.
We received some small instruments from a large facility in North Carolina asking us if we could place marks on them.
Welcome to NuTrace we will give you a peak of what we do in our marking lab.
We are proud to announce the version 1.0 of our 2D reader IPhone app. With it, you will be able to read 2D DataMatrix codes directly to your IPhone.
NuTrace laser to mark surgical instruments is here UDI
We are happy to announce we are testing now our new NuTrace fiber laser, first laser in the world exclusively designed for the Sterile Processing Department to laser mark quickly and inexpensively surgical instruments .
The Nutrace system, already used by hospitals in Europe, includes Belintra's passive HF RFID tags, Panmobil's handheld RFID readers and its own Stemato software for managing data.
Our instrument trays with integrated Steri-ID are made in accordance with the same quality criteria as our standard Sterisystem instrument trays.
Presenting our new RFID/2D Datamatrix reader for the hospital used. Effortlessly write and read RFID tags, place them on your trays and forget replacing for the label on the tray.
Coming this Fall, the first tabletop class 1 fiber laser specifically designed to DataMatrix surgical instruments.
NuTrace is a powerful tool not only to track at the instrument level; it can help the O.R plan the instruments to be used on patients & also helps the tech in the SPD identify and recognize every set, tray and instrument in their inventory.
More coming soon.
Sterile processing departments (SPD) are proud to have all stainless steel clean,
Coming very soon inside NuTrace instrument tracking at no additional cost RFID tags to track your sets and trays among the datamatrix marked on the instruments.
Coming soon a complete view of our process of instrument marking with fiber laser. "Marking surgical instruments is not complex, marking complex surgical instruments is our specialty"
AORN and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) recommend that instrument sets and trays prepared for sterilization not exceed 25 pounds. This weight limit includes the combined weight of the pan and the instruments.
Surgical Instrument Marking. Electrolysis VS Laser Marking
If you are planning or starting the process of tracking at the instrument level
you want to continue reading.
Tracking your Endoscope shouldn't be complex nor expensive. The picture above: Colonoscope 22 (Red coded) serial number 677763 ready for HLD (High Level Disinfection) sink 3, washer 28890.
We will make your scopes smarter and traceable, leading to an increase in quality care control.
NuTrace Endo, total solution for scope tracking coming soon to GI.
Today's healthcare we want to trace and track every possible instrument without the need to place or glue any kind of foreign objects.
Marking Surgical Instruments with NuLaser
YAG laser is a safe, fast and dynamic way to mark surgical instruments.
NuTrace at NCAHCSP
Thank you to the North Carolina Association for Hospital Central Service Professionals for allowing us to participate in their conference at Myrtle Beach, SC.
At NuTrace, we see the SPD as a production line rather than another department in the hospital. Such movement of surgical instruments creates an immense amount of information, historicity and generated data. In order to optimally perform, the SPD must reign in such information to return each product to the specific client (instrument to patient).
What is instrument tracking?
The picture above shows two different DataMatrix marks:
With NuMark we have perfected a way to safely and easily....
Evaluating our NuTrace™ R+ 2D reader in a major SPD department.
For us is not just track instruments, but bringing the communication
If you need customized aluminum tags, don't look further NuTag is here.
Meet the fastest 2D DataMatrix reader in the world R+. No need to pay expensive handheld bar-codes.
We received a call from a medical facility asking us to assist them with DataMatrix on 10,000 of their instruments with the use of electrolysis.
There so many techniques in the market today for DataMatrix marking (Dot pin, Electrolysis, Spray chemical with C02 etc).
The beginning of good surgical tracking starts with a very good DataMatrix mark, been sure can be read it by 2D readers.
We will look the differences between RFID and DataMatrix.
The bacteria growing in the DataMatrix mark
Bacteria growing on DataMatrix surgical instrument mark
Recent studies centered around instrument marking specifically etching systems have drawn red flags.
It is no secret that there are thousands of instruments with different materials, different uses,
Nutrace R+ the fastest 2D reader in the world
The NuTrace R+ has been deemed the fastest 2D reader in the world. Created for the most demanding racing teams in Formula 1, the same speed and efficiency is now available for the Sterile Processing Department.
No matter if the code is 1mm X 1mm or .001mm X .001mm, if the instrument is shiny or opaque, our reader will always register in fractions of a second.