The Promise Of Safety

Formaldehyde is a carcinogenic substance. Both in contact and through inhalation. It is not allowed to contact this substance directly in an unventilated space. But this usually happens regularly when taking biopsies.
BiopSafe® is an innovative solution for collecting and transporting biopsies in the safest manner, without the exposure to the harmful carcinogen formaldehyde. The BiopSafe smart system consists of a small, practical container with a formaldehyde-containing capsule in the cap. All operations take place within the container, ensuring that formaldehyde exposure is completely eliminated and the safety of practitioners is guaranteed.

Who should be using Biopsafe®?

With hundreds of millions of biopsies taken each year in the United States alone, truly any medical professional who handles or transports them should benefit from the safety provided by BiopSafe®, but especially nurses and techs that have historically been exposed to formalin on a daily basis stand the most to benefit, especially from potential harms that come from years of exposure.

Risks of Formaldehyde Exposure

What is Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde (molecular formula H2–C=O; CAS number 50–00–0) is a colorless gas, flammable and highly reactive at room temperature. Formaldehyde can also be obtained commercially as a 30–50% (by weight) aqueous solution known as Formalin

Adverse Health Effects

Exposure to formaldehyde can lead to irritation of the eyes and throat, tears, coughing, sneezing and dryness of the nose and oral mucous membranes. Additional symptoms could be, depending on the sensitivity of the person, headache and fatigue. Formaldehyde is marked as carcinogenic 1B and mutagenic 2.

Agencies And Organizations

Several agencies (national and international) study different substances in the environment to determine if they can cause cancer. (A substance that causes cancer or helps cancer grow is called a carcinogen.) The American Cancer Society looks to these organizations to evaluate the risks based on evidence from laboratory, animal, and human research studies. Based on the available evidence, some of these expert agencies have evaluated the cancer-causing potential of formaldehyde.

The National Toxicology Program (NTP)

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) is formed from parts of several different US government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The NTP lists formaldehyde as “known to be a human carcinogen.” NTP Report On Carcinogens

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), an electronic database that contains information on human health effects from exposure to various substances in the environment. The EPA has classified formaldehyde as a “probable human carcinogen.” EPA Formaldehyde Summary Report

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization (WHO). Its major goal is to identify the causes of cancer. IARC has concluded that formaldehyde is “carcinogenic to humans” based on higher risks of nasopharyngeal cancer and leukemia. IARC Biennial Report

National Cancer Institute

National Cancer Institute researchers have concluded that, based on data from studies in people and from lab research, exposure to formaldehyde may cause leukemia, particularly myeloid leukemia, in humans. NCI Formaldehyde and Cancer Risk

Safety Achieved with BiopSafe®

In the process of placing the tissue in the vial, physicians, techs and nurses come in contact with the formaldehyde.

Stop Exposure To Formalin Completely

Prevent exposure to formaldehyde. In the process of placing the tissue in the vial, physicians or nurses are in contact with formaldehyde.

Preserve Integrity Of Biopsy

Materials in the lab can be susceptible to contamination by formaldehyde which could lead to exceeding statutory workplace exposure standards. BiopSafe® ensures that formalin concentration is consistent and undisturbed throughout the entire process.

Prevent Loss Of Accreditation

Some laboratories have lost their accreditation for examining tissue samples because of the build-up of high levels of formalin exceeding statutory workplace exposure standards.

Increase Efficiency

Besides from being safe, the method is also simple and efficient. BiopSafe® is always at hand and the process of placing the biopsy, adding the formalin and making it ready for transportation to the laboratory is done in a matter of seconds.

The Secret Is In The Lid™

With BiopSafe® there are no difficult formalin bags and wall holders that often leads to formalin waste. The system consists of a small, easy to use container (vial) with formalin capsuled in the lid. When the biopsy is placed at the bottom of the container, you screw the lid on and gently apply pressure with your thumb, allowing the formalin to flow out and cover the biopsy. Everything is done inside the container and no formalin is released in either liquid or vapor form.

The BiopSafe Process Ensures Safety

1 Place Sample in Vial

2 Twist Lid to Seal

3 Press Lid to Release Formalin

4 Preserve and Transport Biopsy Safely

5 Formalin Exposure Eliminated Completely

Your Safety Is Our Priority

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