What Does "Medical Grade" Mean?

What Does “Medical Grade” Mean?

You may see the term “Medical Grade” floated along by many manufacturers these days in your search for proper medical equipment. Everyone, from dentist chair manufacturers to medical grade computer manufacturers, lays claim to the term, implying that their product meets the true definition. While there is no central body that organizes the term “Medical Grade” and assigns it accordingly, there are some key elements that hospital supply buyers should look out for in their medical purchases. Most notably, the term “Medical Grade” when applied to computers should be scrutinized. Your Medical Grade Computer purchases should meet the following criteria:


UL60601 Certified

It almost goes without saying that any medical computers you purchases should be UL60601 Certified, but it is still worth mentioning. Among other things, this certification ensures that any Medical Grade Computers purchased by your hospital meet safety standards set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC has set these guidelines to ensure that electrical equipment, such as medical grade computers, does not interfere with other medical technology used in proximity to it.


Medical Grade Computers Should Be Antimicrobial

Aside from UL60601 certification, ensuring that every medical grade computer purchased for your hospital is antimicrobial is the most important aspect to the meaning of being medical grade. Antimicrobial medical grade computers feature an antimicrobial coating. This coating makes the medical grade computer impervious to bacteria and other pathogens, mitigating their growth on its surfaces. When a medical grade computer features antimicrobial properties, it is as if the medical grade computer is constantly sanitizing itself with antibacterial wipes. This feature is an absolute necessity in a time where hospital acquired infections are so prevalent.


Backup Battery Enabled

Hospitals are facilities designed to treat both common colds and emergencies. When the latter happens, the equipment your hospital uses will need to be depended upon. Ensuring that the medical grade computers your hospital relies on can, in fact, be relied on is key to preventing potentially dangerous conditions for your patients. Medical grade computers with either hot-swap battery technology or uninterrupted power supplies (UPS) prevent your hospital’s computer network from going out when the power does.


Medical Grade: Tangent Meets The Mark

“Medical Grade” is so much more than a term, it’s a commitment. Tangent has pioneered this commitment and designed medical grade computers that constantly push the idea of “Medical Grade” further and further. Each one of Tangent’s numerous Medical Grade Computers meets or exceeds the standards listed above. It is this commitment to the Medical Grade that makes Tangent the top innovator of medical grade computer technology.

Is Your Hospital Prepared For A Surge In Infections?

Is Your Hospital Prepared For A Surge In Infections?

As of Feb. 13, the total number of confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in the United States has reached 15. The overall total number of infected individuals has reached 60,000, with a staggering 5,000 new cases added just last week in the midst of new guidelines for defining the infection. While the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. is low, is the U.S. healthcare system ready for the potential of a surge of Coronavirus cases?

Experts are split on the U.S. capability to ward off the virus, “No one is ready for a worst case-scenario for a really bad, lethal, fast-moving pandemic,” says bioterrorism and biosafety expert Dr. Tara O’Toole in an interview with NPR. With this in mind, how should healthcare facilities plan for the potential outbreak of Coronavirus in the United States?

Increase Hospital And Staff Sanitation Efforts

While every hospital staff member should be regularly washing their hands, now is an important time to remind them that the practice can reduce the risk of certain infections by as much as 50%. Germs can easily spread from one staff member to another via their use of medical computers. That is, unless they are medical computers from Tangent. Medical computers from Tangent come with an antimicrobial coating. This antimicrobial coating enables the medical computer to kill pathogens it comes into contact with. Medical computers from Tangent are a great second line of defense against the Coronavirus, in addition to regular handwashing.

Utilize Antimicrobial Sprays

While replacing your medical computers with medical computers from Tangent solves the long term problem of disease causing pathogens, Tangent also offers short term solutions as well. SmartShield™ Antimicrobial Spray from Tangent contains the same antimicrobial formula used in Tangent’s lineup of medical computers and medical panel PCs. Unlike traditional cleaning sprays and wipes which kill bacteria and viruses once, SmartShield™ Antimicrobial Spray from Tangent applies an antimicrobial coating which can last for up to 90 days.

This EPA approved formula works wonders not only on medical panel PCs like the Medix C19 from Tangent, but also on nearly every surface. From nonporous surfaces to porous surfaces, SmartShield™ Antimicrobial Spray can give your hospital’s surfaces the same protection as your medical panel PCs.

Be Informed And Stay Alert

Replacing your medical computers with medical panel PCs from Tangent is a great way to help reduce the risk of infections in your hospital. But when it comes to the Coronavirus, updating your hospital to the latest medical panel PC technology is only step one. It is important to keep your hospital staff and patients in the loop on developments on the Coronavirus. Regularly email your staff on their medical panel PCs about developments in both the Coronavirus, and medical efforts to contain it.

Be Prepared With Tangent

From Tangent’s lineup of medical panel PCs to our EPA approved SmartShield™ Antimicrobial Spray, Tangent is committed to keeping your healthcare facility safe.

Medical Grade Computers For Operating Room Use

Fanless Medical Computers For Operating Room Use

Of the 27 million surgeries performed every year in the United States, 5% result in a Surgical site infection (SSI). A SSI is labeled as such when an infection occurs within 30 days of surgery or within one year of a foreign object being implanted in the body. While this number may seem low, the 5% amounts to 1.35 million SSIs per year. These infections can cause serious detriment to patients, longer hospitals stays, and even drastic healthcare costs to the hospital treating said patient. Reducing the amount of SSIs in your hospital can lead to decreased costs, fewer repeat patients, and a healthier workplace.



How To Reduce Surgical Site Infections In The Hospital

While it is nearly impossible to create a perfectly sterile environment to perform surgeries in, there are promising remedies that can help reduce the amount of SSI causing bacteria in the operating room. One remedy is the use of fanless medical computers. Fanless medical computers are medical computers that do not feature fan-based cooling systems. Instead, they employ passive cooling systems that work just as good, if not better than, fan-based cooling systems.


The main benefit of fanless medical computers is that since they do not require outside air be brought in as a coolant, they can have fully enclosed casings. This means that most fanless medical computers are water resistant in addition to being fanless. It also means that no there is no dust build up in the medical computer. This is important because dust buildup in medical computers can lead to the creation of bacteria breeding grounds. We all know that bacteria love warm places, and what better place for bacteria to thrive than in the heatsink of a fan constantly circulating warm air and organic dust particles. Fanless medical computers completely eliminate this festering possibility, leading to a much safer and cleaner medical computer.



Fanless Medical Computers Are Antimicrobial


In addition to being rid of a breeding ground for bacteria, fanless medical computers from Tangent are antimicrobial computers. The touchscreen of every Tangent fanless medical computer features an antimicrobial coating with mitigates the growth of bacteria on its surface. So in addition to not creating a breeding ground for bacteria, fanless medical computers also eliminate any bacteria growth on their surfaces. This one-two punch makes fanless medical computers the perfect medical computers for operating room use, as they can drastically reduce the bacteria present in the room and reduce the likelihood of a SSI from occurring.



Fanless Medical Computers: Perfect For The Operating Room

Every year, 1.35 million SSIs occur. These SSIs are not only a detriment to the wellbeing of the afflicted patient, but to the hospital serving them. Fanless medical grade computers from Tangent can help reduce the likelihood of these infections from every occurring, saving hospitals time and money and saving patients from further suffering.