Zimmer MedizinSysteme relies on a Fitness Program for Skin

Since its founding in 1969, the independent medium-sized company Zimmer MedizinSysteme GmbH in Neu-Ulm has set a goal to serve people's health. Zimmer MedizinSysteme product solutions today include both the physical therapy with simultaneous, electrotherapy, ultrasound, laser, thermal and radial shock wave therapy and the diagnosis with ECG recorders and long-term ECG, ergometers, spirometry, long-term blood pressure measurement , cardiologic rehabilitation and diagnostic ultrasound. Added are product solutions for local cooling and whole-body cold therapy and aesthetics. All products are developed and manufactured in the company and sold in over 60 countries. What does a company do for the health of its employees that serves people people's health worldwide with its products? A portrait of a very special fitness program.

Everyone immediately associates medical precision and delicate working hands in medical technology. If a doctor, physician, nurse or nurses in diagnosis and therapy apply medical technology, their hands are of great importance. Every move is precise. The same applies for those who develop medical technology, which are then produced into component by component and prepared for use. Hands play the lead role here every day. This raises the question: How are hands protected at Zimmer MedizinSysteme? How are they conditioned again for their delicate use?
"We attach the utmost importance to the health of our employees," says Falco Döhring, at Zimmer MedizinSysteme, responsible for internal health management, "skin protection is therefore an important part of our health care. Only the best solution is good enough for the hands of our employees, hands must be protected and healthy. That is a given for us as a medical technology company. "

ONE skin protection partner for all applications

Until 2011, various skin protection and care products were used at Zimmer MedizinSysteme. "A conglomeration from several providers, which we tackled early in 2012 and cleaned up sustainably," said Falco Doehring, "we have solved this pragmatically through a testing phase and we then selected ONE professional skin protection partner: DR.SCHNELL Chemie, a middle class family such as us. We secured efficient ordering processes, are able to easily monitor logistics and also have a cost advantage. We are completely satisfied with this uniform skin protection solution. "

»Our people are now convinced of skin protection and trained in the application, so that we guarantee that our Zimmer MedizinSysteme skin protection system is implemented. We therefore sustainably serve the health of our employees.«

Skin protection, cleaning and maintenance - all from one source

Zimmer MedizinSysteme now has the proper DR. SCHNELL products on board for the three major application areas of skin protection, cleaning and care: The appropriate skin cream is available at each work area, in the dispenser and in bottles for the precise dosage to protect the skin before work. SamoExtra protects the skin against water soluble contaminants such as oils, paints and paint thinners, making it ideal for the skin protection of industrial workers. SamoExtra is free of perfume, dye and silicone and HACCP compliant. Zimmer MedizinSysteme employees who come into contact with the brushed metal surfaces of products protect their skin with SamoPrint, which prevents fingerprints.

Two products are available in Zimmer MedizinSysteme-washing areas for cleaning hands, all in a handy wall dispenser: the liquid cleanser and disinfectant CimoLotion, pH-neutral soap and alkali-free and dermatologically tested and CimoSept hands* for hand disinfection. CimoSept hands* reaches all relevant pathogens on hands in just 30 seconds: Bacteria, skin fungi, enveloped viruses, norovirus and rotavirus. Zimmer MedizinSysteme consistently prevents the spread of germs. CimoSept hands is free of both dyes and fragrances as well as free of known allergens such as aldehyde, phenol, quaternary ammonium compounds, silicone oil, halogen or sulphur derivatives and has also drug status: Efficacy and compatibility were fully confirmed by the independent German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM).

Zimmer MedizinSysteme now uses SamtaSan, a fast-absorbing, silicone-free skin care cream with valuable care substances, for the skin care of its employees after work. The addition of glycerine and vitamin E provides SamtaSan with intense moisture for dry and stressed skin.

Holistic skin care management for Zimmer MedizinSysteme

Zimmer MedizinSysteme together with DR.SCHNELL took the path to an individual skin protection solution. This consulting path has three stages for the skin care management by DR.SCHNELL:
In stage 1, DR.SCHNELL created skin protection analyses for each division and department; in these analyses is examined, which requirements must be met for skin protection. In stage 2, based on the results of the analysis, DR.SCHNELL developed individual skin protection plans for each Zimmer MedizinSysteme business unit; these precisely specify, at what frequency and what dosage of skin protection must be applied by the staff. The highly visible, DIN A4-sized laminated main skin protection plans are suspended over each washing area. Finally, in stage 3, DR.SCHNELL trained the Zimmer MedizinSysteme employees in the proper use of skin protection.

"This holistic skin care management sustainably improves the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of skin protection," said Elisabeth Fabricius, Regional Director of Skin Care at DR.SCHNELL Chemie, "according to the analysis, we developed the individual skin protection concept jointly with Zimmer MedizinSysteme and connected a very successful test phase. The combination of SamoExtra skin protection and hand sanitizer CimoSept hands* plus SamtaSan skin care has been proven, the Zimmer MedizinSysteme employees have accepted the new concept immediately. We then installed the dispensers in all departments of the Zimmer MedizinSysteme and trained the employees in a free of charge skin protection day in the proper use of skin protection."

On the Trail using UV light

On this skin protection day, Elisabeth Fabricius opened her DR.SCHNELL skincare stand and showed the Zimmer MedizinSysteme employees what everyone professes to know: how best apply hand cream on their hands. "Effective skin protection depends on many factors - from the skin protection product itself, the dosage and frequency. And it also depends on how you apply cream to your hands. Most people place the cream into their palms, rub it in - and even if some cream is left it is applied to the outer surfaces of the hands. Exactly the opposite is true! First outside, then inside. "
What initially sounds surprising, it is immediately clear to the staff of Zimmer MedizinSysteme, as Elisabeth Fabricius turns on an "eagle eye" of a special kind: Dermalux, a device that shows where the skin protection cream is applied when rubbed in and where not by using ultraviolet light and a fluorescent testing agent.
Elisabeth Fabricius: "Anyone who applies cream as before, namely first on the inside of the hand, then on the exterior surfaces of the hand, is not reaching all parts of the hand. Some parts then remain unprotected, become dry, cracked and maybe undesirable substances can penetrate the skin. I showed the employees that they apply the cream externally, rub it in there and go through the spaces between their fingers to the palms. The UV light test quickly convinced them - because it immediately makes visible what cannot be seen by the naked eye: where the skin protection cream is not applied and where it is. We therefore raised the sustainable sanitation awareness of employees and the proper skin protection application. Our skin is our largest organ, covering an area of ​​about 2 square meters and about 10% of our body weight. We need it every day, it is always with us - because it protects us, regulates body temperature, conveys sensations and assumes metabolic functions. This multi-talent needs protection - and only the very best. "


"Sin protection is for us all what the helmet is for the construction industry."

Industrial skin protection is the fitness program for the skin and keep it permanently in shape. And: Skin protection also serves the work safety and job satisfaction of employees.
The workplace regulations state in § 29 "provision and organization of industrial safety": "The operator must ... provide the insured appropriate personal protective equipment and appropriate, specific-purpose skin protectant." The focus, therefore, is the regular use of skin protection creams as well as cleaning and care of the skin.
Elisabeth Fabricius: To make "skin protection consistently available to the employees is the responsibility of the employer. In addition, professional associations also come by unannounced and check whether the requirements of labour protection are met. Zimmer MedizinSysteme has chosen a uniform, continuous skin protection system. A pioneering decision. "

"Our people are now convinced of skin protection and trained in the application, so that we guarantee that our Zimmer MedizinSysteme skin protection system is implemented. We therefore sustainably serve the health of our employees. "