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Sage Products receives product excellence award

CARY – Sage Products Inc. has received the Product Differentiation Excellence Award from Frost & Sullivan for the new Nose to Toes preoperative prep system. Frost &Sullivan is a global research organization that monitors more than 300 industries and 25,000 companies.

The Nose to Toes system, a joint product between Sage Products and 3M's Infection Prevention Division, provides skin antisepsis, nasal antisepsis and oral cleansing to help address infection risk factors on the three main reservoirs of bacteria – the skin, the nares and the oral cavity. The system is used before surgery as part of a comprehensiveapproach to reducing the No. 1 risk factor for surgical site infection, the patient's own flora.

"With this simple intervention, hospitals can improve patient lives and provide extraordinary outcomes," said Scott Brown, president and COO of Sage Products in a press release. "Our customers are looking for new tools ... in a cost-effective manner. The Nose to Toes solution provides these tools in a single kit."

The Product Differentiation Excellence Award recognizes the Nose to Toes kit's unique features and functionality as well as its ability to meet the needs of the global market. Frost & Sullivan reports that the patient preoperative prep market is driven by three factors – an expected increase in surgical procedures, increasing emphasis on patient safety and patients' developing awareness about disinfection practices.

According to a press release from Frost & Sullivan, "Surgical site infections and hospital-acquired infections are of great concern to patients, health-care institutions and health-care workers. The costs associated with additional days of hospitalization and even mortality make these two of the primary challenges for any health-care institution undertaking invasive procedures."

In recognizing Sage, Frost & Sullivan benchmarked the company's performance against key competitors. Award criteria included unique features and functionality; matched to target markets' needs; and brand perception of the product's uniqueness. After comparing Nose to Toes with competitors, Frost & Sullivan determined the system "matchestarget market needs to a greater degree than that of the product offerings from its competitors."

According to a press release from Sage, the three-part Nose to Toes kit includes:

• Sage 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate Cloths, a rinse-free solution that stays on skin for effective skin antisepsis.

• 3M Skin and Nasal antiseptic, which reduces bacterial counts in the nares in one hour and maintains the reduction for at least 12 hours.

• A Sage Ultra-Soft Toothbrush to help remove dental plaque and a single-dose bottle of 3M Peridex (Chlorhexidine Gluconate 0.12%)

• Oral rinse to provide antimicrobial activity during oral rinsing.

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