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THE CLEANWHEELA brief history Doctors have been using neurological pinwheels for decades to test a patientâ€™s ability to feel sensation over a particular area of skin. Loss of feeling over a â€œdermatomeâ€ (as these areas of skin are referred to) alert the doctors to the probability of nerve function loss, which in turn helps the doctor to determine the further diagnostic studies and/or appropriate care needed for a myriad of possible causes.
Today, doctors continue to use non-sterile metal pinwheels, safety pins or paper clips for sensitivity testing. These practices bring up serious cross-infection ramifications regarding bothtopical and bloodborn pathogens as well as reliability concerns with patient response to testing.
I quote, NEUROLOGY 1991, Vol.41:344, Fenelli, M.D., â€œMedical Schools should assume the responsibility of discontinuing the sale of reflex hammers with built-in pin/pinwheels in their bookstores. This, likewise applies to similar instruments used to test superficial pain sensation such as the Wartenberg pinwheel.â€
In 1993, Doctor Cheyenn and Kao published the followingâ€¦NEUROLOGY, Vol. 43: 1618, â€œOur results indicate that all neurological sensory exam instruments be used only once and then discarded properly. In this age of high HEPATITIS B VIRUS (AND HIV) prevalence and frequent litigation, we clinicians must take heed and prevent both our patients and ourselves from needless exposure.â€
The patented CLEANWHEEL is fully assembled, sterile and latex free to protect against cross-infection. Developed in compliance with OSHAâ€™s Bloodborn Pathogen Standard, (Title 8 section 5193, California Code of Regulations) the disposable CLEANWHEEL has its place right next to the tongue blades in every exam room, ambulance and doctorâ€™s bag worldwide.