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By Jeff, Published 03/30/2009

East Hanover, NJ – [March 29], 2009 – A new surgical skin marker that lasts 10 times longer than traditional skin markers even after pre-operative scrubbing with common alcohol-based antiseptics such as Chloraprep or Duraprep has been introduced by Viscot Medical LLC.

The new Mini XL, features patent-pending ink that remains visible after scrubbing with prep solutions, allowing clinicians to better see the surgical site as recommended by the Joint Commission Protocol for Correct Site Marking. Additionally, it will virtually eliminate the need for remarking of the patient once they’re in the operating room for plastic surgery procedures.

Surgical site marking and preoperative verification have gained greater attention in the surgical arena, as demonstrated by the “sign your site” campaign developed by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. At the same time the use of appropriate antiseptic agents to prevent surgical skin infections is highly recommended, including by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“This Mini XL will help surgeons and other clinicians potentially prevent wrong site surgery by resisting common alcohol based prep solutions that are being used in the operating room. This is a significant advancement in Surgical Skin Marking according to Gary Pieringer, Viscot Medical president. “The Mini XL is a new tool for clinicians that will help improve surgical outcomes, reduce the potential for wrong site surgical errors and will help save lives”.

“We haven’t just doubled the time the surgical mark remains visible, we’ve increased it ten-fold. We have solved the major problem of surgical skin marking ink easily being removed with common prep solutions”.

Viscot Medical introduced the Mini XL (#1450XL) at the Annual Operating Room Nurses Congress (AORN) show in Chicago March 17-19. The Mini XL is available non-sterile in quantities of 200 or 1,000.

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