Zapp Shield, LLC
Together We Will Eliminate Misplaced And Contaminated Radiation Shields Used For Patients.
Radiology exams performed at the patient's bedside often present two patient safety problems. One problem is radiation shields for patients are often missing or misplaced and not available when needed. The other problem is the shield's cleanliness status is questionable. Cleaning both sides of a radiation shield properly also requires cleaning a surface area to lay the shield on in order to wipe the shield clean. Cleaning shields properly is very labor intensive, time consuming and an out-dated nuisance, that is if you can find the right cleaning materials. Cleaning and disinfecting shields is the lease preferred method to break the chain of infection of radiation shield for patients.
Our solution is the new Zapp Shield, a dual purpose radiation shield that constantly keeps the radiation shield in place and keeps the shield clean 24/7. The shield cover prevents patient touch contamination which interrupts the chain of infection. We can break the chain of infection by cleaning our hands properly before completely covering the shield to protect the patient.
About The Zapp Shield
Contaminated patient safety equipment causes the transmission of infectious germs to patients. Radiation shields are required to be cleaned before and after each patient's use to prevent touch (contact) contamination. No one should assume the shield was cleaned by the last user before using it on the next patient. It often takes more time to clean the shield than to perform the x-ray exam. A lot of time, energy and money is spent on gloves, disinfectant cleaners and wipes to clean shields which is not efficient nor practical. Seeing is believing! Covering the shield is the most effective, efficient, practical and cost-effective means of ensuring shield cleanliness and shield readiness. The portable imaging cassette is no longer cleaned between patients. Instead the cassette has been completely covered since 1995 (25 years). Radiation shields should be completely covered when used from patient-to-patient to ensure cleanliness. It is time to solve the misplaced and contaminated radiation shield problems nation-wide in 2020.
Do You Need the New Zapp Shield?
2020 National Patient Safety Goal - Implement evidence-based practices to prevent health care-associated infections due to multi-drug resistant organism in acute care hospitals.
A National Patient Safety Goal Note: Hand hygiene, contact precautions, as well as cleaning and disinfecting patient care equipment and the patient's environment are essential strategies for preventing the spread of healthcare-associated infections. This requirement applies to, but is not limited to, epidemiologically important organisms such as methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (CDI), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE), and other multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria.
Provides 24/7 shield protection availability and readiness. The shield is kept in place with a retractable tether and is covered with a single-use plastic cover that prevents germ contamination and allows quick shield readiness for the next patient. Clean hands and clean medical equipment are two of the most effective means of preventing the spread of germs in healthcare.
Removes the hassle, inconvenience and risks by keeping the shield in place and keeping the shield clean. Since not cleaning and disinfecting the shield is the bigger problem, then completely covering the shield is the better solution. Patient care improves when patient safety improves.
Built on cleanliness and reliability that works to achieve a Joint Commission's 2020 National Patient Safety Goal - to prevent the spread of infection. The new shield allows every patient to be protected from the invisible and preventable harm of scatter ionizing radiation and shield contact contamination.
Crafted to cover more of the patient's radiation sensitive anatomy (pelvis, breast, thyroid and eyes, when possible) by minimizing the radiation dose thus making it "as low as reasonably achievable" - the ALARA principle.
Designed and engineered to hang upside down while stored on the x-ray machine. It allows the technologist to slide the shield cover on and off easily without touching the shield.
How To Avoid
The Invisible And Preventable Harm Of Radiation Shields For Patients
Thirty percent of Intensive Care Unit patients develop a hospital acquired disease caused by the chain of infection. More people die each year from healthcare associated infections than from HIV-AIDS, breast cancer and auto accidents combined. Say What??? Most of these infections are preventable.
A Clean-Covered Radiation Shield Ensures Safer Patient Protection
The Zapp Shield's single-use cover is an impervious barrier that makes a visible, transparent and convincing difference by eliminating shield touch contamination. Earning and maintaining each patient's trust is necessary to create the shield safety reassurance your patients need and deserve. Radiation shield improvements, State regulatory compliance and shield performance transparency are all needed to deliver excellent and more trustworthy patient safety care. The Zapp Shield implements the most reliable equipment to provide a higher quality of patient-centered safety components and evidence-based practices.
This Problem Solver Will Set New Standards!
Solving the two most common patient shielding problems removes the worry, doubt, uncertainty and risks of shield safety readiness to keep patients safe. Most shields used now are under-engineered and out-dated which falls short of the equipment safety needs. The Zapp Shield is a game-changing problem solver with potential to be the best practice standard for patient radiation shielding in healthcare.
Any safety device is only as strong as its weakest link. The Zapp Shield's patient safety transparency can be witnessed best on the front line of patient care delivery, to actually see the shield's exceptional performance, effectiveness, and convenience that gives greater satisfaction with peace of mind.
Patients Will Avoid Harm While Seeking Medical Care To Get Well
The Zapp Shield has streamlined the patient radiation shielding process, making it much easier to protect patients from misplaced and contaminated shields. It provides consistent availability with quick, efficient, and safer shield touch protection that is critical in today's busy, alert and safety-minded healthcare environment. The Zapp Shield accelerates clinical workflow productivity that uses the best safety practices to break the chain of infection of radiation shields for patients. Since not cleaning the shield is the bigger problem, then covering the shield is the safest solution.