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In my practice, I’ve struggled with the idea of proper disposal for my used LipiFlow (TearScience) activators. The waste includes a cord connecting the activator to the LipiFlow machine and to the activator for patient treatment. Activators are referred to by the industry as disposables. It has felt wrong to dispose of these activators, leading me to explore better methods—including considering starting my own recycling effort with other practices.
TearScience came to the rescue.
Due to the three-fold increase volume of LipiFlow treatments performed in the last 12 months, TearScience began rolling out the LipiFlow Activator II to help reduce medical waste, says Brian Regan, vice president of TearScience.
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The Activator II is an updated design of the original. The new activator consists of an electrically wired eye cup and lid warmer combo with an air tubing interface that joins to a separate semi-permanent cable—connecting the Activator II to the LipiFlow (Figure 1).
While the design has changed slightly, I have found that the overall method and efficacy of treatment has been maintained.
The semi-permanent cable has been designed for over 2,500 uses, according to TearScience. It should be installed and remain attached to the LipiFlow console. If you are an existing LipiFlow practice, continue using the original activator until your supply is exhausted, then contact your TearScience representative to begin the transition to the new Activator II.