Is sterility maintained when an operator moves in and out of Zero-Gravity multiple times during any given procedure?
Yes, assuming the operator observes accepted sterile technique protocol throughout the procedure. The Zero-Gravity cover has been validated in accordance with ISO 11135, and the product packaging has been validated in accordance with ISO 11607.
Once the Zero-Gravity is sterile draped, can I grasp the the adjustable engagement point in the chest area to fit a different height and still maintain the sterile field?
Yes, assuming the operator observes accepted sterile technique protocol while gathering the sterile cover in an upward motion, pinch both sides of the adjustable engagement point and slide to the desired position. Release the sides and the engagement point will maintain its position.
What is the life expectancy of a Zero-Gravity Radiation Protection System?
Given the robust design, and assuming proper care per manufacturer recommendations, the unit should far exceed the useful life of a conventional lead apron.
What are the parts, if any, that I should expect to replace over time?
Assuming proper care per manufacturer recommendations, there are no parts that should need to be replaced.
Will my BioMed Department need to check and maintain the Zero-Gravity unit?
It is not necessary to engage facility BioMed Dept, however CFI Medical defers to facility protocol. Should a mechanical need arise, your BioMed Dept may be able to respond more quickly than the service personnel to simple adjustments.
Can you provide a list of accounts that are using Zero-Gravity?
CFI Medical will review a list of users with you and connect you to the facility(s) you wish to speak with.
Why is there an 8 to 12 week lead time to produce a ceiling unit?
Each room layout is somewhat unique. To properly fit the Zero-Gravity system into your lab, we must create and manufacture a system to conform to your site-specific needs for ceiling collision avoidance.
Can you reduce the weight of the Floor Unit in order to make it easier to position and set up?
All Zero-Gravity systems are designed with patient and operator safety in mind. The weight of the Floor Unit base is necessary to provide safe and secure use. The industry standard for movable equipment is to require less than 45 lb of force to move the unit. The Zero-Gravity Floor Unit only requires 31 lb of force to start moving it and 21 lb of force to continue moving it.
Is it possible to have multiple Zero-Gravity shields in one room?
Yes, there are several options for suspending multiple shields in one room. The Monorail and Contour Track systems can easily accommodate multiple shields. Additionally, other configurations can be combined to accommodate specific needs. Please contact CFI to discuss specific needs.
What about protecting my back from radiation?
Radiation travels in a straight line. Typical cath lab practice is to watch the monitors which are positioned on the opposite side of the table. In this orientation, the shield is well positioned between the radiation source and the operator when fluoro is activated. In this configuration the operator is extremely well protected in the front as well as the back. When the operator is no longer using fluoro, the shield can be disengaged without breaking sterility and the operator is able to perform non-fluoro related tasks without their lead apron or the Zero-Gravity.
In a multi Zero-Gravity unit installation, what about protecting the back of the other staff?
Both operators should be facing the monitors while fluoroscopy is activated. This will promote achieving optimal protection for the front and back of each operator. If the procedure requires the secondary operator that is not controlling fluoro to turn away from the table during the procedure, the Zero-Gravity should be disengaged and spread opened to create a broad shield. The secondary operator should return to the body shield, re-engage, close the body shield, and continue the procedure in a table facing position.
Can you provide evidence regarding Zero-Gravity radiation protection as compared to traditional methods?
Yes, simply fill out the form on the main tab to receive detailed information on Zero-Gravity radiation protection.