A Medical Device Daily

Coleman Lew & Associates, an international retained executive search firm, reported the company's recent selection for executive search services by Premier Purchasing Partners (both Charlotte, North Carolina), the group purchasing unit of Premier healthcare alliance.

Under terms of the three-year agreement, Premier members will have the option of using Coleman Lew & Associates' resources at specially negotiated prices for executive search services.

“Our firm's 30-year track record of integrity, unparalleled quality and providing long-term value in executive search aligns well with the mission and vision of Premier. We have a depth of expertise in healthcare search and are well positioned to fully serve Premier and its members,“ said Charles Lew, partner-managing director.

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,400 U.S. hospitals and 70,000-plus other healthcare sites.

In other agreements/contracts news:

• MedClean Technologies (Bethel, Connecticut), a provider of onsite technology for the treatment and disposal of medical waste and the destruction of confidential documents and related media, said it has signed an agreement with Sunbelt Medical Services (Houston), one of its distributors, for the purchase of a MedClean 4500 fixed-based sterilization system.

The agreement includes the purchase of the equipment valued at slightly more than $700,000 plus additional recurring consumable orders for the life of the equipment, estimated to be over 10 years. Sunbelt will expand its operations to include a centralized waste sterilization processing center within the Southeast region.

MedClean's describes its MedClean Series systems as fully integrated, turnkey technology solutions that enable hospitals and other healthcare providers to safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively convert bio-hazardous regulated medical waste into sterile, unrecognizable material suitable for disposal as municipal solid waste.

• 3M (St. Pal, Minnesota) and Medline Industries (Mundelein, Illinois) reported the signing of an agreement to promote 3M DuraPrep Surgical Solution (Iodine Povacrylex [0.7% available iodine] and Isopropyl Alcohol, 74% w/w) Patient Preoperative Skin Preparation. This collaboration between 3M and Medline, a distributor of healthcare supplies, is expected to provide hospitals and healthcare providers with a high quality product and significant cost savings.

DuraPrep solution combines two proven, broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents: alcohol for fast kill and fast drying, and iodine povacrylex for persistence in a water-insoluble film. DuraPrep solution is effective in a single painted coat, providing ease and quickness of use in a self-contained applicator. The application of DuraPrep solution differentiates this product from other surgical preparation solutions on the market that require a scrubbing technique and often result in multiple applicators and higher component costs to health providers, the company said.