Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Closed

We will be closed Monday, 10/9/17, 
in observance of Columbus Day.


We will resume normal business hours
 Tuesday, 10/10/17.





Monday, October 2, 2017

CARES- Center For Animal Referral & Emergency Services

This past week, sales manager Rich visited with the Center for Animal Referral & Emergency Services in Langhorne, PA for installation and training on their new system.


Interested in a new system or training for your practice?
Give us a call at (845) 277-1700 for more information!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Mays Landing Veterinary Hospital

Last week, our sales manager Rich, visited
 for some training on their scope system.


Want to learn more about our systems
 or in house training?
Give us a call at (845) 277-1700!


Monday, September 18, 2017

San Francisco SPCA Olympus Tower

Last week Jim Mosley set up an Olympus video endoscope tower at the San Francisco SPCA. They purchased three scopes: a standard GIF-XP160 for feline work, a standard PCF-130L for the occasional giant dog, and at VET-160-130 as their main scope. 

The tower turned out great and 
they're very happy with it!


Want to learn more about our video
 endoscope towers and systems?
Give us a call at (845) 277-1700!


Monday, September 11, 2017

Olympus Video Endoscopy System at Best Friends Animal Society

Last week, Jim Mosley visited  Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, to help them set up their new Olympus Video Endoscopy System.
They were thrilled with their new system!

Check out Dr. Patti and Dr. Tara scoping
 a cat with their new VET 160-150


Interested in your own Video Endoscopy System?
Give us a call at (845) 277-1700!


Friday, September 1, 2017

Closed for Labor Day!

We will be closed Monday, 9/4/17
in observance of Labor Day.

Have a happy and safe Labor Day!


We will resume normal business
 hours Tuesday, 9/5/17.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Product Highlight- Mini Light Source

Have you heard about our
Battery-Operated Mini Light Source?


This bright LED Light Source is portable, 
and available for Flexible or Rigid Endoscopes!

Rigid:


Flexible:



These mini light sources are compact
and battery-powered by two
 Li-Ion rechargeable batteries!


Kit Includes:
  • MLS1 or MLS1F Light Source
  • Four (4) RCR 123A Li-Ion Batteries
  • Charging station for batteries
  • AC/DC power pack
  • Car accessory adapter for battery charging station
  • User manual




Want to learn more about our
 Mini Light Source?

Check out our online store or
 give us a call at (845) 277-1700!


Friday, August 11, 2017

New England Equine

Our sales manager Rich visited New England Equine Practice in Patterson, NY today. 
While he was there, he was able to assist in a Laparoscopic Mesh Incisional Hernioplasty on an equine patient (and he managed to get a couple of good surgical selfies!)





Want to learn more about our laparoscopic
 instruments and procedures?

Give us a call at (845) 277-1700!

**Pictures were taken by Rich Scavo and shared with permission
 from New England Equine Practice**


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Product Highlight! NEW PRODUCT - Steeple Jumbo 4-Wire Basket

Introducing 
The Steeple Jumbo 4-Wire Basket!

Steeple logo/icon

This instrument is perfect for retrieving large objects that require a basket. 


Made of surgical stainless steel wires, The Steeple will wrap around rocks, golf balls, and other similar items with ease!


The Steeple opens to 45mm width x 135mm height with a 2.3mm X 240cm Nylon insertion catheter for smooth channel operation. This instrument also includes a thumb-actuated handle for deployment.


Want to learn more about The Steeple?

Head over to our online store or
 contact us for more information!


**The Steeple is for Veterinary use ONLY**
**Cold sterilization/soaking methods ONLY**


Monday, August 7, 2017

New England Equine Practice

Last week our sales manager, Rich, visited New England Equine Practice in Patterson, NY for an in house service call. 

While he was there, he was able to observe Dr. Gabe Cook perform a laparoscopic removal of an ovarian tumor in a horse.





Want to learn more about our Laparoscopic equipment? 

Check out our online store
 or give us a call at (845) 277-1700!


**Pictures were taken by Rich Scavo and posted with permission from New England Equine Practice**


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Product Highlight- ATT-Series Air Leakage Testers

Have you heard about our 
Air Leakage Testers?


Leak testing is the simplest way to help prevent serious and expensive damage to your flexible endoscopes. Regularly testing your scope protects your investment and saves on costly repairs.

While many manufacturers sell leakage testers, E.S.S. sells the ATT-Series Airtight Leakage Testers with connectors that fit virtually all makes and models of endoscopes!

The Airtight tester comes with a "bulb" to pump air into the endoscope and a dial that measures air pressure. The device uses air pressure to pressurize your scope to see if there is a leak.

The Airtight Leakage Testers are available for:

Olympus

Pentax

 Richard Wolf, Karl Storz, OPTIM, & Fujinon scopes.

Once you receive your Leakage Tester, the best thing to do is to get in the habit of testing your scope(s) frequently. They should be tested before and after each procedure to ensure the scope is maintaining it's water-tight seal.


Want to keep your Airtight Tester within easy reach?

Make sure to get our rack specifically designed for the ATT-Series testers. This rack is molded in a durable white plastic and can be mounted to a wall or your endoscope cart for quick testing of your scopes before or after a procedure.

Want to know more about our Airtight Leakage testers?

Visit our online store or contact us!


Monday, July 31, 2017

The Importance of Leak Testing Your Endoscope

Image result for Important Clip Art

Many of the flexible endoscopes we receive here at our ESS Service Department can be attributed to fluid invasion. "Fluid invasion" happens when some part of the endoscope allows external fluids (i.e. - body cavity fluids, water, cleaning solution, etc.) to get inside the parts of the endoscope that were never meant to come in contact with any form of moisture. Just about all medical endoscopes are designed to be water-tight so that the functioning parts of the endoscope (fiber bundles, CCD chip, articulating cables, etc.) stay dry while being used during a procedure or soaked in water and/or cleaning solutions.

Leak testing is the simplest way to help prevent serious (and expensive) damage to the flexible endoscope. 

Air Leak Testers

While many manufacturers sell leakage testers, ESS sells the ATT-Series Airtight Leakage Testers with connectors to fit virtually ALL makes and models of endoscopes! It is a simple device that uses air pressure to pressurize your endoscope to see if there is a leak somewhere in the endoscope. They come with a 'bulb' to pump air into the endoscope and a dial to measure the air pressure. Once pumped to the proper pressure (indicated on the dial) the needle on the dial should not show a loss of pressure in the scope. If the needle drops slowly or rapidly for a steady period of time, then you have a leak. If you endoscope comes in contact with some type of fluid (such as a sterilization or cleaning soak) it will be possible for the water or cleaning/sterilization fluid to seep into the internal workings of the endoscope and cause damage.

Damages from fluid invasion can be as follows:

  1. Fiber-optic Bundle Separation: otherwise known as "Red Crack," where the individual strands of the fiber-optic bundle separate and become unglued, giving the appearance of a reddish, spider-web pattern (the "Red Crack") across the view through your endoscope. The repair for this would be to send the instrument back to the manufacturer and have them install a new fiber-optic bundle; which could end up costing you thousands of dollars!
  2. Fogging: If fluids get in between the fiber-optic bundle or the CCD chip behind the distal tip's optic lens, you can get a blurred or fogged view through the endoscope, which prevents you from properly viewing your subject through the endoscope.
  3. Internal Corrosion: When fluids get inside the endoscope, the internal metal components can become corroded and/or rusted. This can effect the scope's articulation and the flexibility of the insertion tube. Most, if not all, flexible endoscope have a braided wire sleeve under the insertion tube's outer layer which helps to protect the internal components that run through the insertion tube. If it becomes corroded or rusted, it's flexibility will be hindered. The articulation dials move the flexible distal tip with a series of steel wires lubricated with silicone and is sealed inside the insertion tube. If they come in contact with fluids, the silicone lubrication can become contaminated and prevent the proper operation of the wires. There's also the possibility they can corrode and break away from the angulation controls - thus preventing you from properly operating the distal tip while doing a procedure.
  4. Electronics Failure: Fluid invasion with a video endoscope can be just as devastating. Instead of the fiber bundles, the CCD Chip that records the image from your distal tip lens can become damaged - think of it as dropping your smart phone into a bucket of water and then trying to use it! Probably won't work so well. The fine copper wires that run from the CCD up to the electronic circuit board in the umbilical video connector can become corroded and prevent the signal from getting through. Also, the internal circuit boards, both in the handle (for camera controls in the handle), and the umbilical connector (for connection to the video processor) can become damaged and cease to function.
These can be very disheartening revelations for you and your practice/clinic/hospital. Having to shell out hundreds to thousands of dollars in repair as well as the loss of the use of your endoscope, can cost you time and income; which is extremely frustrating when you realize it could have easily been prevented!

First thing you should do is BUY A LEAKAGE TESTER!
Check out our selection of ATT-Series Leakage Testers over at our online store to see which one is the perfect fit for you!
If you have any questions about the Leakage Testers or how to leak test your endoscope, contact us and we'll help out!

Once you get your Leakage Tester, the best thing to do is to get into the habit of testing your endoscope(s) frequently. They should be tested before and after each procedure to ensure the scope is maintaining its water-tight seal. The ATT-Series Leakage Tester is portable enough that you can keep it on our equipment cart and immediately attach it to the endoscope to test right after your procedure is completed. Sometimes, when threading a biopsy instrument through the biopsy channel, the instrument head can get caught in the tube and make a tear. The biopsy channel is a thing, polyurethane tube that runs down your insertion tube to the distal tip. If you forced your instrument through and think you might have punctured the biopsy channel, a post-procedure leakage test would reveal if that is indeed the case. 

If you did tear your insertion tube, or your endoscope fails the leakage test for any other reason, make sure to send it in to our Service Department as quickly as possible! Our service technicians will evaluate and take the best course of action to get your endoscope back to you in tip-top shape!

1-2-3 Repair Chart: 1) Send it, 2) Inspect it, 3) Ship it


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Product Highlight - The Ratigator

Have you heard about our 
Ratigator Combo Grasper?


Can't decide between an 
Alligator Jaw or Rat Tooth grasper?
We've got the perfect instrument for you!

The Ratigator is a combination
 Rat Tooth and Alligator Jaw grasper
 that gives you the best of both worlds!

This instrument features the flat, gripping power of an Alligator Jaw and the precision 'pinch-hook' ability of the Rat Tooth.


The Ratigator is a reusable, repairable, and autoclavable.

It features an ergonomically-designed, thumb-activated, plunger-style handle for ease of use during procedures.

 The Ratigator is available in 1.8 mm and 2.4 mm outer diameters to accommodate most endoscope biopsy channels and the 8 mm or 15 mm wide jaw opening can grasp most tissue and foreign objects in a body cavity.

These instruments are constructed of surgical stainless steel for years of use.

The Ratigator can easily be sterilized using soaking, autoclave, or ETO gas methods.

Want to see the Ratigator in action?

Check out this video of the Ratigator removing a tube of lotion from a canine patient.



Want to learn more about the Ratigator?

Visit our online store or contact us!


Monday, July 3, 2017

4th of July

We will be closed Tuesday, July 4th
 in observance of the holiday.


Have a happy and safe holiday!

We will resume normal business hours Wednesday, July 5th.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

National Pet Preparedness Month

June is National Pet Preparedness Month! 
This is the perfect time to get your pets ready in case a disaster hits.
Unfortunately, many pets get separated from their families during disasters, which is why it is essential to plan for them when preparing for emergency situations.

Follow these pet preparedness tips from Ready.gov.
  • Include your pets in your emergency plans
  • Build a separate emergency kit for your pets
  • Make sure to keep digital records and/or pictures to identify your pet after a disaster in case you become separated
  • Create a list of places that accept pets if an emergency happens


When preparing your emergency plan:
  • ID your pet. Make sure your pet's tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet's collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, his tag is his ticket home. Also consider microchipping your pets.
  • Make sure to have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
  • Make an emergency kit. You can find a full item list here.
  • Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Find out which motels and hotels in the area you plan to evacuate to allow pets well in advance of needing them. There are also a number of guides that list hotels/motels that permit pets and could serve as a starting point. Include your local animal shelter's number in your list of emergency numbers.
  • Make sure you have a secure pet carrier, leash or harness for your pet so that if he panics, he can't escape.

During the disaster:
  • Bring your pets inside immediately.
  • Have newspapers on hand for sanitary purposes. Feed animals moist or canned food so they will need less water to drink.
  • Animals have instincts about severe weather changes and will often isolate themselves if they are afraid. Bringing them inside early can stop them from running away. Never leave a pet outside or tied up during a storm.
  • Separate dogs and cats. Even if your dogs and cats normally get along, the anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally. Keep small pets away from cats and dogs.
  • In an emergency, you may have to take your birds with you. Talk with your veterinarian or local pet store about special food dispensers that regulate the amount of food a bird is given. Make sure that the bird is caged and the cage is covered by a thin cloth or sheet to provide security and filtered light. 
  • If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.
  • If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.
  • Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends, and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.

Caring for your pet after the disaster:
  • If you leave town after a disaster, take your pets with you. Pets are unlikely to survive on their own.
  • In the first few days after the disaster, leash your pets when they go outside. Always maintain close contact. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet may become confused and lost. Also, snakes and other dangerous animals may be brought into the area with flood areas. Downed power lines are a hazard.
  • The behavior of your pets may change after an emergency. Normally quiet and friendly pets may become aggressive or defensive. Watch animals closely. Leash dogs and place them in a fenced yard with access to shelter and water. 

Tips for Large Animals.

If you have large animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs on your property, be sure to prepare before a disaster.
  • Ensure all animals have some form of identification.
  • Evacuate animals whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.
  • Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers and drivers. Note: It is best to allow animals a chance to become accustomed to vehicular travel so they are less frightened and easier to move.
  • Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care, and handling equipment.
  • If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals to shelter or turn them outside.



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Taconic Rt. 202 24 Hr. Veterinary Hospital In-House Service

Yesterday, our sales manager Rich performed an in-house service at the Taconic Rt. 202 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital to help with their recently purchased Richard Wolf Scope and accessories. 

While he was there, he was able to watch Dr. Berk and Dr. Carbone use the equipment to perform a biopsy via rhinoscopy in a cat with a possible tumor.

They very graciously allowed us to share the pictures.





Want more information on our in-house services?
Contact us today!


Monday, June 5, 2017

RL Savitt Precision Instruments

Before creating Endoscopy Support Services in 1989, our founder Robert Savitt created RL Savitt Precision Instruments.

He recently shared with us some prototypes of his first business card and order form, along with pictures of different demos and wet labs from the mid-80's.

Check them out!