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New SANDEL™ Perioperative Safety Devices Available Across Europe

SANDEL™ Product Solutions Prevent Workplace Injury, Ensure Compliance with Recent EU and WHO Safety Directives

Brussels, November 14, 2012 — Ansell, a global leader in protection solutions, today announced the European availability of its innovative new line of Sandel™ perioperative safety devices designed to eliminate the threat of workplace injury before, during and after surgery. The comprehensive SANDEL™ product range, identified by its signature bright orange color, was developed in close collaboration with healthcare professionals and will help raise safety standards in anticipation of stringent new safety regulations from the European Commission and World Health Organization (WHO).

The European Commission estimates one million sharps injuries occur annually in Europe1 – the basis for its safety directive to prevent sharps injuries amongst healthcare professionals, which is set to become national law in EU member states by May 11, 2013.

The new SANDEL™ product line helps hospitals and surgery centers to proactively implement the new guidelines with a full line of engineered sharps injury prevention devices that avert these types of injuries and potentially reduce the transmission of blood-borne pathogens.

Added Confidence and Peace of Mind Throughout the Perioperative Environment

The complete SANDEL™ range improves safety standards throughout all stages of the perioperative environment (before, during and after surgery) with a focus on three target areas: engineered sharps injury prevention, ergonomic workplace safety and wrong-site surgery prevention.

“Ansell has become a leader in perioperative safety by anticipating real needs and delivering cost-effective solutions for a safer environment in and outside of the operating room", says Caroline Higgins, president of the European Operating Room Nurses Association (EORNA). “Ansell partnered closely with nurses and surgical teams to develop ingenious devices that integrate seamlessly into current ways of working and maintain the integrity of existing programs. I firmly believe healthcare centers will find SANDEL products hugely beneficial and an enhancement to safety in delivery of perioperative care, quickly forgetting a time when they operated without them.”

SANDEL™ healthcare safety range features a total of around 50 products that enhance perioperative safety for healthcare professionals and patients in the following key areas:

SANDEL™ Engineered Sharps Injury Prevention
The SANDEL™ sharp injury prevention line helps hospitals prevent injuries that pose a threat of blood-borne and potentially life-threatening infections. According to EU, sharps represent a real risk to workers, both in terms of injuries and increased rates of life-threatening infections like HIV or hepatitis.1

The product line minimizes sharps injuries with products like the Change-A-Blade® disposable scalpel handle with built-in protective safety shield, weighted and non-weighted safety scalpels, the Scalpel Disarmer™ blade and needle counting disposal box, and hands-free transfer trays.

SANDEL™ Ergonomic Work Safety
These product solutions help eliminate, prevent and significantly reduce employee injuries from physical stress, strains, trips and falls, the second highest accident trigger in Europe in 2009, with 30% of these incidents resulting in employees being absent from work for over one month.2

The SANDEL™ ergonomic product line offers cost-effective ways to prevent these common injuries with e.g. the Z-Slider® Patient Transfer and Repositioning Sheet, Trip-No-More™ cord cover, Ergo-Step™ stools, and Solo Ergo-Stand EZ™ anti-fatigue mat.

SANDEL™ Wrong-Site Surgery Prevention
Wrong-site incidents, including wrong side, wrong organ, wrong implant, and wrong person, are highly preventable surgical errors.

The SANDEL™ TIME OUT™ wrong-site surgery prevention products support the WHO surgical checklist protocol, which includes a “time out” to verify the site, procedure, and patient. If correctly implemented, it could prevent approximately 500,000 patient fatalities from surgical errors annually.3

TIME OUT™ devices are strategically placed, bright orange reminders that compel surgical teams to take a time out and help reduce the incidence of surgical errors. Products include sleeves, hoods, beacons and skin markers for patient recognition.

For more information on the complete SANDEL™ Perioperative Safety Product Range, and to submit ideas and product feedback from healthcare professionals, please visit





For more information:

Ansell Media Relations

Frank Mantero,
Vice President, Global Branding, Corporate Communications, and Creative Services
Tel.: 001 732 452 2128

Marcus Heimann
Marketing Director EMEA Medical Solutions
Tel.: 0032 2 528 75 28

Edelman GmbH

Nadine Dusberger
Executive Director Health
Tel.: 0049 69 756199-43

About Ansell

Ansell is a world leader in providing superior health and safety protection solutions that enhance human well being. With operations in North America, Latin America/Caribbean, EMEA and Asia, Ansell employs more than 10,000 people worldwide and holds leading positions in the personal protective equipment and medical gloves market, as well as in the sexual health and well being category worldwide. Ansell operates in four main business segments: Medical Solutions, Industrial Solutions, Specialty Markets and Sexual Wellness.

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