Yes. After use the entire product can be thrown away; this reduces procedure turnaround times, and more importantly significantly reduces the cross infection risks. Every product use is with a brand new product. All EVEXAR products, including PROCTOLUX can be thrown away after use. There is no need for any disassembly of the product, the entire product is disposable, including the integral light pack. While the light pack in PROCTOLUX contains batteries to power the LED, these batteries are alkaline only, so don't contain any of the heavy metals found in most batteries and can be safely disposed of as contaminated clinical waste.
We've also been asked about potential fire risk from shorting batteries. Part of the design brief included short circuiting the battery packs and monitoring the effect. Short circuiting fully charged cells only increased the battery case temperature from ambient (25°C) to 44°C. We also ran a series of scenarios with conductive liquids (as you might find in a rubbish bag) without seeing any significant temperature increase.
Irrespective of the above, and based on local disposal policies you may wish to dispose of batteries according to your local policies. If required the light pack can be separated from PROCTOLUX manually. Read more... (.pdf 476Kb)
PROCTOLUX was developed to address concerns in the market that the then current range of products did not fully meet market needs. The priority in design was performance and safety. All of our products are designed 'from the ground up' based on user feedback, drawing on the experience of leading physicians and surgeons in the colorectal field. The design goal was to maximise functionality and safety while preserving and enhancing ease of use. The ergonomics of PROCTOLUX is a result of in use studies, recognising the constraints of products already in market and working to maximise performance.
Click to see the full feature set for our products.
For many procedures the cost of the products used fades into insignificance when compared to the overhead and variable costs of a clinical environment. Aside from the fixed costs (facility, utilities, depreciation etc) there are the staff and variable costs to consider. While these may not be obvious at a procedure level any ability to reduce them frees funding both within and outside the department.
All EVEXAR products are self-contained, and always ready for use. There is no preparation or set up, once used the entire product is simply thrown away. All products have a high specification feature set, ensuring that the usability of the products meet the same standards as more complex and capital intensive products. With no set-up or clean-up, no need to fund (and find) chargers and power supplies, no need to sleeve cables, disinfect and store items after use, no need for duplicate capital items EVEXAR products can significantly reduce both turnaround time and time spent other than with the patient.
EVEXAR products can minimise your overall procedure costs without the need to compromise on quality, feature set or usability. Contact us for more details.
All our products are designed to remain at full brightness for 30 minutes following activation. This is in excess of the time taken for a standard procedure or observation. However, the illuminator will remain functional for significantly longer than this, with slowly diminishing output.
To avoid the risk of cross-contamination, PROCTOLUX should not be reused.
The blue part inside the distal end of the Obturator on the PROCTOLUX is the dynamic component of the 'Clear View System'. Its function is to slide over the light guide as the Obturator is pulled in and out. When the Obturator is fully inserted into the device, the blue part is situated over the light guide, thus protecting it from obstruction by any faecal matter present in the lower bowel as the endoscope is inserted into the patient.
The Obturator on the PROCTOLUX needs to be removed in a straight line, ensuring that the cam rides over the light guide smoothly. Twisting the obturator as you remove it can cause it to catch on the light guide making it feel like it has 'stuck'. If this does happen simply push the obturator back into the scope and withdraw it without rotating the obturator.