Xodus Medical Launches New Variations of Their Popular Lift-Free Patient Positioning Device

Pittsburgh, PA, February 19, 2024 – Xodus Medical is thrilled to introduce two innovative variations of their highly acclaimed lift-free patient positioning device, the Pink Pad Air-Assist. Since its initial launch in the summer of 2023, the Pink Pad Air-Assist has enjoyed remarkable success. In response to direct customer feedback and the growing demand for cutting-edge medical solutions, Xodus Medical has launched new variations to cater to diverse patient positioning needs.

Introducing the Pink Pad Air-Assist Trendelenburg +
The Pink Pad Air-Assist Trendelenburg + is an advancement in lift-free patient positioning for heavy, high-BMI patients. The new design, which features an extra distal air channel, elevates lifting and transfer capabilities for seamless repositioning. It remains optimized for both lithotomy and steep Trendelenburg positioning. As a result, customers have a new, flexible solution to choose from based on their patient population and procedural needs.

Introducing the Pink Pad Air-Assist EXT + Trendelenburg
The second variation, the Pink Pad Air-Assist EXT + Trendelenburg, is defined by its 72-inch length and the stability of Xodus Medical's proven Trendelenburg material. This solution addresses the unique challenges associated with patients who require both supine and Trendelenburg positioning. With revised air channels and newly configured Pink Pad strips, this solution ensures effortless patient transfer, repositioning, and stability. The resulting system offers a best-practice solution that addresses both patient and staff safety challenges.

Made in the USA
Proudly manufactured in the USA, both the Pink Pad Air-Assist Trendelenburg + and the Pink Pad Air-Assist EXT + Trendelenburg are now available to purchase and ship anywhere within Xodus Medical’s global distribution network.

About Xodus Medical
Headquartered near Pittsburgh, PA, Xodus Medical provides patient-safety best practices for surgeons and operating room nurses. Our solutions are tailored to help patient safety advocates achieve standards set forth by the WHO, CMS, AORN, TJC and OSHA. Dedicated to the needs of our customers, we deliver innovations that help protect patients and promote positive surgical outcomes.

For more information, please contact Bob Johnson at bjohnson@xodusmedical.com

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Xodus Medical, Inc. Named as a 2023 Best Place to Work in Western PA

Pittsburgh, PA, December 15, 2023 – Xodus Medical, a medical device manufacturer focused on making surgery safer, has been selected as one of this year's Best Places to Work, an honor presented by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The award highlights employers – big and small – that have enticing benefits, strategies and protocols for attracting and retaining top-tier professionals.

Winners are selected based on employee feedback provided through a survey process conducted by Quantum Workplace. Once nominated, companies must meet a threshold in employee participation to be eligible for the recognition.

Areas in which employees were surveyed include team effectiveness, retention risk, alignment with goals, trust with co-workers, individual contribution, manager effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, work engagement and people practices.

“We are exceptionally proud of this honor, and it's extremely rewarding knowing it stems from the feedback of our own employees. Many thanks to the Pittsburgh Business Times for recognizing Xodus Medical alongside so many esteemed companies," said Craig Kaforey, CEO of Xodus Medical.

The final ranking and winners will be revealed in a December issue of the Pittsburgh Business Times.

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Surgical Positioning Kit Helps Hospital Achieve Magnet® Exemplar Status

Marlton, New Jersey, November 1, 2023 – Xodus Medical’s Pink Lat Pack, an industry-leading solution for lateral patient positioning, played a pivotal role in Virtua Marlton Hospital’s exceptional recognition from The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the ANCC awards hospitals the Magnet® credential when a health care organization’s nursing team exemplifies excellence in health care. To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This includes an on-site visit from the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

In addition to achieving re-designation of Magnet status, Virtua received seven special recognitions, known as exemplars, which demonstrates their dedication to empower nurses to develop professionally and promote innovation.

Among the seven exemplars awarded, the OR team of Matthew Puc M.D., Danielle Wert S.T., Tiffany Morris B.S.N, R.N., C.N.O.R., Diana Bravyak M.S.N., R.N., C.N.O.R., and Michelle Weston M.B.A., B.S.N., R.N., C.N.O.R., N.P.D.-B.C., C.L.S.S.B.B. received accolades for their contributions to New Knowledge and Innovation, attributed to their use of Xodus Medical’s lateral positioning kit for thoracic surgery.

This esteemed recognition underscores their impact on patient care, organizational enhancement, and professional advancement through the introduction of novel insights, innovations, and enhancements.

ANCC site assessors were impressed with the positive patient outcomes achieved at Virtua, as well as the global adoption of the Pink Lat Pack. They commended Virtua nurses for sharing their success and experiences with the kit at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) 2023 Global Surgical Conference and Expo.

Xodus Medical’s Pink Lat Pack establishes new benchmarks for safe and efficient lateral patient positioning. Featuring breathable, moisture-wicking materials that conform to sensitive patient anatomy, it reduces the risk of hospital-acquired pressure injuries. Furthermore, it reduces initial patient positioning time in the operating room by an average of 15-20 minutes.

For more information about Magnet or the Magnet Recognition Program, visit www.nursingworld.org/organizational-programs/magnet/.

About Xodus Medical
Headquartered near Pittsburgh, PA, Xodus Medical is a medical device manufacturer focused on increasing patient and healthcare worker safety. Providing solutions that meet the recommendations and requirements of WHO, CMS, AORN, TJC and OSHA, we are dedicated to continuously developing products of exceptional quality that make surgery safer and create customer value and satisfaction. Our unwavering commitment to providing medical professionals with high quality products ensures a safer environment for patients, resulting in improved surgical outcomes.

About Virtua
Virtua Health is an academic health system committed to helping the people of South Jersey be well, get well, and stay well by providing a complete spectrum of advanced, accessible, and trusted health care services. Virtua’s 14,000 colleagues provide tertiary care, including renowned cardiology and transplant programs, complemented by a community-based care portfolio. In addition to five hospitals, Virtua has two satellite emergency departments, 30 ambulatory surgery centers, and more than 300 other locations. A Magnet-recognized health system ranked by U.S. News and World Report, Virtua has received many awards for quality, safety, and its outstanding work environment. For more information, visit www.virtua.org/About.

For more information, contact Bob Johnson at bjohnson@xodusmedical.com

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Xodus Medical Unveils Mock Operating Room to Promote Ongoing Education for Medical Professionals

Pittsburgh, PA: Xodus Medical, a medical device manufacturer focused on making surgery safer, has unveiled a new state-of-the-art training center with a mock operating room (OR) at its headquarters near Pittsburgh, PA.

Mock OR
Renovations on the training center and mock OR were completed mid-2023 and are part of a larger company expansion. A mock OR is a non-clinical replica of a real operating room and contains necessary equipment that a medical professional might need to treat a real patient.

“The purpose of our mock OR is twofold: internally, we’re able to provide clinically oriented hands-on training for our sales representatives so they provide up-to-date knowledge to customers. Externally, we’re able to produce high-quality, educational content that will benefit clinical customers,” said Bob Johnson, Vice President of Global Marketing and Product Development at Xodus Medical.

“Medical professionals and Xodus team members alike will be able to experience new technologies in various realistic clinical scenarios,” said Johnson.

Adjacent to the mock OR is a training classroom where staff will be educated and trained on proper use of Xodus Medical patient safety solutions. This robust educational environment allows for training surrounding several of Xodus’ revolutionary products.

Craig Kaforey, CEO of Xodus Medical, said, “We’ve invested into professional training and development for our team and we’re proud to unveil our newest resource for them. This will be a huge asset as we continue to promote ongoing education for clinical professionals.”

More than 310 million surgeries are performed worldwide each year, and it is estimated that an increasing number of surgeries end adversely1. Significant steps have been taken in recent years, with Xodus Medical’s new training center being part of a larger industry-wide effort to improve surgical outcomes.

11Dobson, G. P. (2020). Trauma of major surgery: A global problem that is not going away. International Journal of Surgery, 81, 47-54.

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New Device Makes Surgical Patient Positioning Safer and Easier

Pittsburgh, PA: Xodus Medical plans to introduce The Pink Pad Air-Assist line of positioning systems at this year’s AORN Expo in San Antonio, TX. Enhancing the company’s leading Trendelenburg + Reverse-Trendelenburg positioning systems, the new Air-Assist solutions introduce a key usability feature: lift-free transfer and repositioning for patients of all sizes.

Pink Pad Air-Assist solutions are the first to incorporate clinically proven, research validated Trendelenburg positioning materials into a power-assisted patient transfer device. The patent-pending design helps healthcare professionals safely position heavy, high-BMI patients before and after surgical procedures. While surgery is underway, the solutions offer protection against unwanted patient movement, Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries, nerve damage, etc.

The new solutions arrive at a time when multiple factors, including increasing average patient weight and BMI, plus ever-growing demands on hospital staff (who remain limited in numbers), converge to create a pointed need for products that make healthcare professionals’ jobs easier. Xodus Medical’s commitment to developing innovative safety solutions within the healthcare industry is clear; “Our goal is to go beyond the elimination of known patient-safety concerns; we want to create solutions that support ideal outcomes in every respect” said Xodus’ CEO, Craig Kaforey.

About Xodus Medical: Headquartered near Pittsburgh, PA, Xodus Medical drives innovation within the Medical Device industry. Its unique, patented solutions contribute to a safer, more efficient, and highly effective Operating Room environment. Pink Pad Air-Assist solutions are available now. Contact Xodus Medical today, or visit xodusmedical.com for additional information.

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The Pink Pad: Now Biodegradable!

Pittsburgh, PA Based Medical Device Manufacturer Transforms Popular Product via Biodegradability

Pittsburgh, PA: Xodus Medical has recently upgraded the “Pink Pad,” its best-selling solution for improving patient safety in surgical procedures, by adding a key feature: biodegradability.

The Pink Pad has dramatically improved patient safety in surgical procedures since its introduction nearly a decade ago. This single-use product has become an essential tool for surgical teams throughout the United States and abroad. It is defined by a unique, shape-conforming material that has recently achieved another industry milestone: independent laboratory testing and certification to ASTM D5511 Standards for Biodegradability.

“Our customers have asked for biodegradability; it’s a very important global matter. We’re excited to lead the industry in terms of responsible, single-use solutions that are just as safe for the environment as they are for surgical patients.” Said Xodus’ CEO, Craig Kaforey.

The company’s “Pink Pad” product protects patients against unwanted and potentially dangerous movement throughout surgical procedures, as well as nerve injuries and Hospital-Acquired-Pressure-Injuries (HAPIs). It has been awarded more than 10 US Patents and has become a clinically-preferred solution among the world's top surgical hospitals.

The prevalence of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) has grown exponentially since their introduction.1 Robotic procedures commonly require that patients are placed in relatively extreme positions, often for hours at a time. Xodus Medical has developed unique solutions based on specialty materials that increase surgical patient safety. Patients under anesthesia must not only maintain fixed positions, but are exposed to increased injury risks associated with both the length of procedures, and the positions themselves.2

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1St John A, Caturegli I, Kubicki NS, Kavic SM. (2020, Oct-Dec. 24) The Rise of Minimally Invasive Surgery: 16 Year Analysis of the Progressive Replacement of Open Surgery with Laparoscopy. JSLS.
2Black, J. (2020, January 14). Pressure Ulcers: Surgery’s Sore Subject. Outpatient Surgery Magazine.

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Landmark Study on Trendelenburg Positioning Techniques Published in the Journal of Gynecologic Surgery

The Journal of Gynecologic Surgery recently published Dr. John Nakayama’s landmark study comparing Trendelenburg positioning techniques in minimally invasive surgery. The Pink Pad® from Xodus Medical emerged as a clinically preferable solution on multiple fronts:
  • “Post-operative erythema (skin redness) was significantly less common in The Pink Pad® group…”
  • “The Pink Pad® was associated with less postoperative pain…”
  • “There was significantly less movement on the Pink Pad® at all anatomical landmarks…”
  • “(Total additional operative time for) the Pink Pad® was found to be 37.1%... and 45.5%… faster than the gel pad and the beanbag, respectively."

Dr. John Nakayama and his team of researchers designed and implemented the most complete study on Trendelenburg positioning techniques in history. The study, published earlier this year in the Journal of Gynecologic Surgery, is:
  • The largest prospective randomized trial of Trendelenburg positioners in history
  • The most scientifically in-depth, rigorous study of its kind

The study establishes the Pink Pad® from Xodus Medical as a clinical “best practice.” Its findings help surgeons and operating-room staff make more informed decisions regarding safe patient positioning.

Read the complete study in the Journal of Gynecologic Surgery.

Partnering with AORN to Make Surgery Safer

Xodus Medical has partnered with AORN to create the official Tool Kit for the Prevention of Perioperative Pressure Injury. We are focused on providing unique, effective, and complete solutions for perioperative teams dedicated to safeguarding their patients against preventable, Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries (HAPIs).

All surgical patients are at risk for pressure injury development. Pressure injuries are a common problem that may significantly increase patients’ pain, recovery times, and the overall cost of healthcare delivery. The AORN Tool Kit will help perioperative RNs and other healthcare professionals prevent the development of pressure injuries in surgical patients. Included in the Tool Kit are evidence-based prevention strategies as well as tools that can be implemented and adapted to your perioperative setting.

Better Visualization, Faster: Introducing the See Sharp

The See Sharp from Xodus Medical delivers safer, faster, more thorough laparoscope cleaning, warming and defogging.

Achieve outstanding, long-lasting visualization at temperature safe for modern, robotic laparoscopes. Streamline cleaning exchanges with flexible, secure placement on any sterile field; including direct connection to both 5mm and 12mm trocars. Reduce instrument passing to-and-from the surgical site; decreasing SSI risk and improving efficiency. Designed to be compact, environmentally friendly and easy to store. Complete kits maximize value and feature innovative accessories, including full-length trocar swabs that minimize RSI risk.

The See Sharp: a Sharper View of Patient Safety! Learn more here!

Xodus Medical Announces Expansion Plans

Read about Xodus Medical’s growing team, product portfolio and manufacturing capabilities by clicking the article or link below.

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For Immediate Release: New Patient Positioning Solutions for the ICU!

Xodus Medical is committed to responding to the needs of our customers. Recent feedback related to patient-positioning challenges in the ICU have prompted us to develop a series of solutions for immediate release. Our PinkProtect™ Kits are designed to help ICU clinicians achieve their positioning, and overall patient safety goals.

These kits offer critical-care clinicians and patients:

  • Proven, skin-friendly positioners designed to address the specific patient safety challenges of the Intensive Care Unit
  • DermaProx Pink™ – a breathable, soft, moisture wicking material for the utmost protection against HAPI formation
  • Supportive, high-density cores that help distribute pressure during lengthy patient positioning intervals
  • Unique designs tailored to the specific requirements of ICU patient positioning

These kits are Made in the USA and available immediately. You can find more information here, contact your Xodus Medical representative, or send an email to info@xodusmedical.com for further details, pricing, etc.

Xodus Thanks Healthcare Workers Everywhere

This new video utilizes content sourced directly from our customers. The purpose of this piece is to show appreciation for the efforts of the entire medical community. There is a silver lining in this challenging time: we have the opportunity to support truly good people. Those who have dedicated their life's work to improving the health and well-being of our own communities. Our customers mean the world to us both personally and professionally.

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Xodus Takes Comfort to the Next Level in Prone Positioning - The ComfortFit™

Our new, ComfortFit™ Headrest for prone positioning features a soft, skin-friendly layer of DermaProx™ material that helps reduce skin redness and breakdown.

This specially designed material allows skin to breathe and prevents moisture build-up, protecting sensitive skin areas throughout even the longest surgical procedures. With an additional layer of supportive, high density foam, the patient’s head is held securely in a proper anatomical position. The ComfortFit's single-use design makes setup and clean up effortless; minimizing the risk of HAI. As with most Xodus Medical headrests, the ComfortFit is available as a standalone product or within our customizable, skin-friendly Surgical BackPack kits.

You can find more information on this product and Xodus's full line of specialty and general-purpose positioning products here or contact your Xodus Medical representative for a sample of product number 40766.

A Postless Approach to Better Patient Outcomes

A number of unique, patient-positioning related challenges are associated with orthopedic surgery. Due to this, Xodus Medical has been focusing on making orthopedic procedures safer with a dedicated line of products designed to address: HAPI reduction, nerve-damage prevention, procedure duration, cost, etc.
The Pink Hip Kit

The release of the The Pink Hip Kit by Xodus Medical has been a game changing advancement in terms of patient safety for hip procedures. It is a complete positioning system that eliminates both the need for a perineal post and any associated risk of nerve injury to the perineum.1 Additionally, patented skin-friendly materials are used to safeguard areas of the patient that are susceptible to Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries.

Independent studies done on this product have demonstrated better patient outcomes in the form of significantly reduced postoperative pain, improved recovery times, and overall patient satisfaction. Surgeons have reported that even challenging hip procedures can be performed more successfully, in less time, and with greater ease. The postless approach in combination with The Pink Hip Kit makes distraction safer by reducing traction time and force, while a greater range of motion and improved surgical access during allow for a more complete dynamic exam. Kits are available for a variety of table brands which allows the surgeon to utilize their existing equipment and techniques, making the transition to "postless" easy and economical.2

Here's what Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Institute of Academic Medicine at Houston Methodist, Dr. Joshua Harris, had to say about The Pink Hip Kit in an interview:

"When you use the post between the legs, a large amount of pressure is applied to the perineum area that can be associated with skin injury and nerve injury and can happen as high as 30-35%. If you can eliminate the post, you can actually reduce that complication to the perineum down to 0%."

Even with heightened national attention, deaths resulting from opioid overdose, many of which are prescribed pain relievers, continue to have a devastating impact on communities, healthcare cost, and our economy overall. While individual states work to put opioid reduction plans into place, promoting harm reduction is a common goal within all of them.3 When discussing how The Pink Hip Kit reduces the need for Dr. Harris to prescribe pain medication for his patients he said this:

"With less pain, they were able to recover and get to therapy a little bit better and there was a zero percent incidence of any numbness or skin problems in their perineum and their inner thigh. We really try to get patients off of pain medications and any kind of opioid dependency within the first one to two weeks, so if you can reduce that early pain by using The Pink Hip Kit, then that is one of the biggest advances that we have in our hip preservation techniques because we can make our surgery safer and make our surgery better."

1Mei-Dan O, Kraeutler MJ, Garabekyan T et al. Hip Distraction Without a Perineal Post; A Prospective Study of 1000 Hip Arthroscopy Cases. AJSM. 2018;46(3):632–641
2Kollmorgen RC, Ellis T, Lewis BD, Harris JD. Achieving Post-Free Distraction in Hip Arthroscopy With a Pink Pad Patient Positioning Device Using Standard Hip Distraction Tables. Arthroscopy Techniques: Technical Note. 2019; 8(4): 363-368.
3Integrated Healthcare Association. Focus Area: Opioids. Retrieved from: https://www.iha.org/our-work/insights/smart-care-california/focus-area-opioids

Is it Time to Bag Bean Bags?

The Pink Pad makes Trendelenburg easier, safer and more economical.
Pamela Goss, BSN, RN, CNOR, San Diego

Most of us no longer use dial-up internet, 8-track tapes, floppy disks or slide rules. We no longer own rotary phones or VHS video players. Is it time to consign bean bags to the same scrap heap? At least for Trendelenburg positioning, I think the answer is yes. There's a much safer, more efficient, more economical solution available -the Pink Pad from Xodus Medical. I know of what I speak. As recently as a couple years ago, I was a seasoned member of the bean bag brigade. As robotics coordinator at the University of California-San Diego medical center, I used them all the time to secure GYN, urology and colon patients in Trendelenburg. But I was never a fan.

  • Especially with heavier patients, bean bags sometimes just aren't stable;
  • Bean bags can have hidden pinholes that prevent suction, a major problem if the patient is already intubated. During long cases they can also lose suction and pancake, threatening the patient's stability;
  • Their use sometimes results in skin ulcers and nerve damage. That's not only bad care; it can be a costly "never event";
  • They have to be cleaned between cases, slowing room turnover because the surface needs to air dry;
  • They are potential cross-contamination sources. I've seen bodily fluids on reusable bean bags more than once.
Fortunately, bean bags are no longer necessary for Trendelenburg. I found that out the day we tried our first pink pad. When I first saw it, I was dubious. How would this colorful flat pad perform the function of a form-fitting bean bag? I watched in amazement as the Pink Pad held an obese patient like glue on a table tilted 40 degrees. Since then I've learned:

  • It's incredibly comfortable. It molds to the patient's contours and grips the skin while reducing pressure and shear. The high-tech Pink Pad material feels like the viscoelastic gel pads on expensive beds.
  • With bean bags, if the patient sweats, there's nowhere for the liquid to go, and that can exacerbate skin breakdown. The Pink Pad material wicks away moisture, helping to prevent ulcers. The material is so skin-friendly that I sometimes cut off the corners and use the scraps to cushion the hard parts of the IV.
  • Once you're in tilt, there's no pressure on the head, neck or shoulders and no worries about pressure or nerve injuries there.
  • Set up is less than a minute, saving us 5 to 6 minutes per procedure. When you consider that OR time can cost as much as $80 per minute, the Pink Pad pays its own way and then some.
  • The Pink Pad is single-use, so there's no risk of cross-contamination.
Remember DVD rental stores? They were great in their time, but now that time is over. In my mind, bean bags are in the same category. It's time to move on. When you need to position patients in Trendelenburg, do your patients, your facility and your staff a solid and "think pink." You'll be glad you did.

Ms. Goss is Robotics Coordinator at UCSD Thornton Hospital in La Jolla, Calif.

Positioning your Way to Better Economic Outcomes

There’s a better, safer, more economical way to do Trendelenburg.
Joe X. Jung, RN, MBA, CNOR Los Angeles

In this era of austerity, we all need to work to contain surgical case costs. But as we do so, we need to keep the big picture in mind. Yes, price is important, but only as it relates to the value or worth of the product. A cheap product can end up being very expensive. To explain what I mean, consider robotic surgery supply costs. Traditionally, we’ve used disposable egg-crate foam combined with reusable shoulder braces or beanbags to keep patients stable in steep Trendelenberg. On the surface, this is a very inexpensive strategy, with an up-front cost of maybe $30 or so. But a deeper look reveals that this seemingly cheap solution actually results in very high costs—well over $500 per case on average. Here’s why:

  • The cost of slippage. In many cases, patients slip enough to force the OR team to undock the robot and sometimes retuck the arms and reposition the stirrups, taking 15 minutes or more. If OR time costs $100/minute1, that adds up to at least $1,500. For example, if this occurs in one case out of 10, slippage adds at least $150 to the cost of each case on average. Of course if skin shear or port trauma occurs during the slip, the cost is even higher.
  • The cost of pressure injuries (PIs). PIs are all too common with the traditional approach. In our facility, we find that shoulder braces result in shoulder pain for at least 1 in 4 patients, while beanbags result in skin issues for about 1 in 5. Let’s say these develop into a full-blown PI once every 100 cases. Each pressure injury costs a facility $43,1802. That means PIs raise the cost of the traditional approach by another $432 per case.
  • Legal/reputational costs. At least 17,000 pressure injury patients file lawsuits every year. It’s the second most common claim after wrongful death.3 Even a successful defense of a malpractice suit costs $50,000 according to AMA. When the case involves use of products like egg-crate foam for unintended/unapproved purposes, it may be even harder to defend. Such cases may also sour patients and surgeons on your facility because of Never Events there. What’s the cost of that?

There’s a far superior solution on the market. It’s called the Pink Pad, from Xodus Medical. This shape-conforming pad grips patients firmly in Trendelenberg without shoulder braces or bean bags. The material is designed to wick away moisture and preserve the skin’s integrity. Its up-front cost may be slightly higher, but its value dwarfs that of other options such as foam and bean bags. It’s truly a “no brainer”—better for the patient and better for facility economics. More than 90 percent of an iceberg rests below the waterline. OR supply costs can be similarly deceptive. Just a reminder to keep your eyes open and the big picture in mind as you steer your facility through the challenging times ahead.

Mr. Jung is Department Administrator, Perioperative Services at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.

1 Girotto JA, Koltz PF, Drugas G: Optimizing your operating room: Or, why large, traditional hospitals don’t work. Intl. J. Surg., Volume 8, Issue 5, 2010, pp 359-367.
2 Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research
3 Ibid

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