MicroCare acquires Certol International

MicroCare announced that it acquired Certol International, a manufacturer of specialty cleaning and disinfecting products.

New Britain, Conn.-based MicroCare said in a news release that acquiring the Denver-based manufacturer aligns with its strategic goals and priorities to fuel growth through the delivery of innovative, value-added solutions and services into the global critical cleaning industry.

Certol’s leading product and development initiatives will amplify the programs within the MicroCare pipeline, the company said, while it will enable continued focus on high growth segments, including medical, automotive, electronics and fiberoptic communications.

“We are very excited to announce this acquisition,” MicroCare CEO Tom Tattersall said in the release. “Certol has a 40-year history of providing EPA registered high-performance surface disinfectants and specialty cleaners engineered for use in dental offices, medical offices, and ho…

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How to better clean fiber optics in medical devices

When it comes to fiber optics in medical devices, cleaning is essential for reliability.

Jay Tourigny, MicroCare

Cleaning sticks or swabs are ideal for cleaning end face connectors. [Image courtesy of MicroCare]

The use of fiber optics in the medical industry is steadily increasing. As the population continues to grow and age, healthcare providers are using fiber optic devices for better patient diagnosis, monitoring and treatment. Today fiber optics are used for minimal invasive surgery (MIS), in sensors inside single-use catheters and endoscopes and for real-time diagnostic imaging with MRI, CT, PET, or SPECT systems.

Like many medical devices, cleanliness is crucial to the performance of fiber optic instruments.  The device must perform without fault. One of the main causes of fiber optic instrument failure is the contamination of the fiber optic termini. Dirty fiber connections, also known as …

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