Equashield and SynTronic Introduce Award-Winning Closed System Transfer Devices to Protect Healthcare Workers in Brazil
Expansion of Activities in Latin America Highlights Leading Device Maker’s Ongoing Commitment to Supporting Safe Handling and Administration of Hazardous Drugs
PORT WASHINGTON, New York – November 19, 2020 – Equashield (equashield.com), a leading provider of Closed System Transfer Devices (CSTDs) for hazardous drugs, announced today its increased expansion in Latin America through its partnership with SynTronic Hospitalar, a leading national distributor of medical and technical solutions, to introduce Equashield products to Brazil.
Through SynTronic, Equashield products are now available to public and private Brazilian healthcare facilities, including hospitals, compounding facilities and infusion centers. This includes both Equashield’s flagship Closed System Transfer Device, as well as EQUASHIELD® Pro, the world’s first CSTD-enabled automated compounding system. The expansion follows the previous introduction of Equashield’s products to healthcare organizations in Chile and Panama.
“As recent events have shown, it is essential that healthcare workers are provided the necessary protective equipment that enables them to carry out their lifesaving roles safely and efficiently," said Adi Shor, VP International Sales for Equashield. “Compounding and administrating hazardous drugs without effective closed systems presents a clear and present danger to hospital and pharmacy staff. We are delighted to partner with SynTronic, which shares our commitment to protecting healthcare workers in Brazil from the inherent dangers of handling hazardous drugs.”
The introduction of Equashield to Brazil follows the current discussions at institutions that closed systems be implemented to ensure the safe handling and compounding of hazardous drugs, and the additional NR32 guidelines which state that employers must provide safety devices that minimize the generation of aerosols during handling and administration of antineoplastic chemotherapy medications.
“We are pleased to introduce Equashield's specialized CSTD solutions, which represent the gold standard for protecting healthcare workers handling hazardous drugs, to Brazilian healthcare and compounding facilities,” said Regiane Santos, Managing Director of SynTronic. “While current publications do recommend the use of CSTDs, when available, for handling hazardous drugs, too many healthcare workers are at risk of exposure due to a lack of awareness of the need for fully closed systems. Educating workers about the risks of exposure and the protection provided by effective CSTDs will be essential as we begin introducing Equashield’s leading system to Brazil.”
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