Ophthalmology: ORBIS Flying Eye

Trusted sterilizer for expensive Lasik, PRK and cataract instruments, STATIM 5000s are used and recognized around the world for their speed and reliability.

SciCan, a full-spectrum infection control solutions provider, donated two of its STATIM 5000 Cassette Autoclaves to support ORBIS’ larger mission of providing training and technology to ill-equipped hospitals around the world in an effort to fight avoidable blindness. With one sterilizer destined for Indonesia, and another for El Salvador, SciCan is providing cutting-edge technology in sterilization to medical professionals in these developing countries.

Already familiar with the STATIM’s reliability, (aboard ORBIS’ converted DC-10 hospital plane, a ten-year-old STATIM is the cornerstone of the instrument sterilization program that supports its flying operatory) the ORBIS team was determined to establish best-of-class infection control practices by delivering these STATIMs to a hospital in Surabaya, Indonesia and another in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Since post-operative infections can cause tremendous complications in ophthalmology, eye surgeons look to STATIM technology to be certain their instruments are effectively reprocessed from the start.

Eye surgeons around the world rely on the STATIM 5000 cassette sterilizer. Beyond its demonstrated reputation for reliability, the 5000 is a trusted sterilizer for expensive Lasik, PRK and cataract instruments.

El Salvador hospital’s first surgical instrument sterilizer

In a modest August ceremony held in a boardroom at the Hospital Nacional de Niños Benjamín Bloom in San Salvador, El Salvador, doctors and staff gratefully accepted a donated STATIM 5000, the facility’s first surgical instrument sterilizer, as part of an ongoing effort by ORBIS International to eliminate blindness in South America.

Three-week skills exchange in Indonesia

Earlier in the year, in March, Orbis completed a three-week Flying Eye Hospital skills-exchange program at Dr. Soetomo Teaching Hospital in Surabaya, Indonesia. SciCan donated another STATIM 5000 to this hospital while the Orbis team worked with local physicians covering the leading causes of treatable and preventable blindness including cataract, childhood blindness, corneal and retinal diseases.

About ORBIS Canada

ORBIS Canada is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide. ORBIS prevents and treats blindness through hands-on training, public health education, improved access to quality eye care, advocacy and partnerships with local health care organizations in an effort to eliminate avoidable blindness. By building their long-term capabilities, ORBIS helps its partner institutions take action to reach a state where they can provide, on their own, quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible, and sustainable. To learn more about ORBIS Canada, please visit ORBIS.


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