TekniSat Production Gains
Pre-saturated wiper usage has expanded everywhere in controlled environments, particularly if “Made in the USA” like our TekniSat products. We have been deluged with new orders that would have taken our production team into late 2020 to complete. The biggest challenge, though, is that everyone needs these products now, partly because client ordering practices have not evolved enough to forecast multi-month lead times. It is our expectation that usage of our pre-wet wipes will continue to be at these higher volumes going forward, as clients clean more surfaces more frequently in their continued mission to protect their workers, facility, and products from contamination of all types.
To ensure the best possible customer service and products, we have been and continue to invest in our cleanroom with new equipment to improve automation throughout the process. Also, we added even more operators and a 2nd shift. Through these resource investments, we have been able to increase our production levels by 50% in the last month alone! We have additional plans for further capital spending to add another cleanroom with additional equipment and staff, and this should increase our productivity by 100% in the coming months.
We have always taken pride in being easy to work with and providing clients with product from stock (or at the very least) minimal lead times. We are still easy to work with, but this new demand resulting from COVID-19 has severely impacted our lead times and responsiveness. We are aware of the frustrations and challenges this causes our clients, and we are making every effort on a daily basis to improve this. Please know that we understand, and it is our top priority to vastly expand our production volume, get ahead of back orders, and ultimately get back to the stocking position we value.
Our warehouse is full of dry goods both for sale and for our pre-saturated wiper production. We are working feverishly to ensure continued supply for our clients, and we have become good “dancers” to make this happen during this challenging period.
Our clients are highly valued, and we respect and appreciate your support. Soon Teknipure will be an even better, more responsive partner. We will keep you posted on further developments and we thank you for your continued patience in these challenging times.
Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Teknipure @ 844.309-2376 or visit www.teknipure.com
Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, Handwashing Hero
Today, it’s just a given, and sometimes taken for granted, that surgeons wash their hands before an operation to prevent the spread of infection. Surprisingly, physicians did not embrace the lifesaving power of this simple act until the mid-1800s.
Ignaz Semmelweis, a Hungarian doctor, is known as the father of hand hygiene. In 1846, he noticed that the women giving birth in his medical student / doctor-run maternity ward were more likely to die than women giving birth in the adjacent midwife-run maternity ward. The difference in death rates was staggering – about five women in 1,000 died in deliveries performed by midwives. When doctors performed deliveries, the death rate was 10 to 20 times greater.
Semmelweis looked into this issue from the standpoint of not only the concerned physician that he was, but also with an interest in the science of why it was happening. Often after performing autopsies, the medical students and doctors would head to the maternity ward. These findings led him to the hypothesis that ‘cadaverous particles’ were the culprit, speculating that they remained on hands, and these gruesome hitchhikers were then carried into the maternity ward when the doctors and medical students returned to it. Since midwives were not involved in conducting autopsies at all, Semmelweis’s theory seemed more like a fact.
Armed with this new information, he instituted a new policy of washing hands with chlorine. Even though the maternity ward death rate plummeted because of the Semmelweis directive, he received backlash from many doctors. They didn’t appreciate the insinuation that they caused those previous deaths, and in protest, they outright refused to follow his handwashing mandate. Undeterred by his resentful colleagues, Semmelweis shared with more hospitals in Europe all of the evidence he gleaned and everything he learned, but his literally life-saving findings about handwashing were not taken seriously.
It wasn’t until 20 years later that Louis Pasteur, through his study of infection, proposed an explanation for Semmelweis’ observations – we now know this as the germ theory of disease. Semmelweis was finally vindicated and is now seen as a pioneer in antiseptic procedures.
Should We All Wear Face Masks?
The questions surrounding health benefits of mask wearing are valid, but they were not directly answered until recently. From the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, wearing a mask was directed towards medical personnel so they could shield themselves from the infected, and for those who are considered comprised to protect themselves and others that they may encounter. With the COVID-19 virus being brand new and information completely unknown, there was no clear data that supported wearing a mask was necessary for anyone outside of the hospital.
In the process of investigating and discovering more about the coronavirus itself, researchers have also been able to uncover more distinctive information about masks of many types and how they play a role in this pandemic. Political opinions may have deterred mandatory policies, but scientists have made substantial strides in proving the benefits of masks to our health and future economy.
In the beginning N95, KN95, and surgical masks made the most sense simply because we did not know what we were dealing with. The best possible protection made the most sense. With the surge in cases and the growing need for these very specific masks, hospitals and treatment centers began to see their supplies deplete quickly. Early on as the infection curve grew, scarcity of these masks meant that frontline personnel would oftentimes reuse these items until they couldn’t any longer.
More studies were done, involving cloth masks and their effectiveness to counter the spread of the rapidly growing pandemic. The CDC had developed basic protocols by this time, such as diligent and timed handwashing, social distancing, regular disinfecting, boosting the immune system, and monitoring our personal health. A recent addition advised of wearing masks in public to prevent the respiratory droplets produced by an infected person from entering our mouth or nose, or vice versa.
Testing has verified the effectiveness of wearing masks in general, but also that wearing cloth masks are vital in slowing the spread. Different types provide varying levels of protection for you and those around you. Wearing a mask greatly stops the infectious particles floating in the air from entering your respiratory system; therefore, wearing one in public is one of the best preventative measures a person can take along with the general hygiene recommendations from the CDC.
Although Teknipure masks (TekniMask) are vital for our customers and their production staff, they are intended for use in Controlled Environments, not for Medical usage. Our masks meet the most stringent filtration and cleanliness requirements and are lint free, but they are not certified for medical/healthcare use.
As supplies of various critical-grade masks are still quite low, we highly encourage the general public to reserve specialty medical grade masks for medical personnel. As an alternative, consider the use of a reusable cloth mask that can be made or purchased from a local or national vendor to help reduce the spread of this virus; thus, protecting yourself and those around you. As an important note, reusable masks should be frequently washed, as they act like a filter and retain what they are exposed to. For the sake of health and a quickly restored world, protect yourself and protect others by wearing a mask when you are out in public, and practice good hygiene. Together we will conquer this most recent disease and be better prepared for the next.
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