The last months have been an unprecedented new experience to all, showing us how small our world is and how much we are all interdependent on each other. As the Corona virus crisis is slowly and gradually subsiding and hopefully will continue improving, Elcam is proud to say that we have been able to keep our commitment to our customers providing all our products on time with the Elcam consistent quality and care. This newsletter is largely dedicated to uptakes and interim recap from this crisis, as well as back to blessed routine information with new team members and Elcam’s 50th Jubilee.
The last months have been an unprecedented new experience to all, showing us how small our world is and how much we are all interdependent on each other. As the Corona virus crisis is slowly and gradually subsiding and hopefully will continue improving, Elcam is proud to say that we have been able to keep our commitment to our customers providing all our products on time with the Elcam consistent quality and care. This newsletter is largely dedicated to uptakes and interim recap from this crisis, as well as back to blessed routine information with new team members and Elcam’s 50th Jubilee.
Coronavirus days
New artwork from anonymous street artist Bansky at British hospital
The effects of the coronavirus crisis continue to be felt worldwide, as people heed the call to stay home, practice social distancing, wear masks, enhance sanitation routines and more; In the healthcare industry, the story to be told is a different story. It’s at times like these that we truly see the importance of the healthcare industry, which is persisting against all the odds, maintaining routines and providing the essentials to healthcare systems, as well as focusing on how the “day after" will look.

Throughout the Corona crisis Elcam has continued to operate at full capacity and in compliance with the instructions of the health authorities in the countries of operations. Elcam carried on employing all workers around the world and supported the ones that needed personal assistance. It effectively dealt with different difficulties in continuing activities, production with restrictions, on time deliveries and more. Igal (Guli) Kohn, Elcam’s CEO describes: “Ongoing 24/7 production continued in all our manufacturing facilities in Italy and Israel while taking all the necessary precautions to ensure the health of our workers. 150 workers worldwide have been redirected to work from home while meetings continued with Zoom. Relevant customers were contacted to anticipate shipments and move them to sea, managing to keep all the deliveries on time. Elcam continued supplying all our customers including those who encountered cash flow problems, recognizing that our products are essential for saving lives”. Gianluca Menghi, Elcam Italy’s General Manager, adds: “As COVID-19 pandemic spread in Italy in February main priority of local management has been assuring continuity of supplies to our customers, running the extra mile when needed with demand peaks, while implementing and maintaining strict safety measures in our production sites for protecting all our workers. We also looked more broadly at ways to ease our colleagues daily afterwork routine at home during lockdown and looked at ways to help nurses and doctors fighting in the first line of corona departments in local hospitals by donating PPEs and funds as a sign of our gratitude for their extraordinary work.”

The after effects of the coronavirus crisis is a topic that will stay with us for quite a while as we slowly go back to routine along with restrictions. Guli Kohn, Elcam‘s CEO, shares: “Starting from the beginning of this pandemic, Elcam has also been considering how the “day after" will look — the day that COVID-19 dies. Part of the issues that we have been discussing are effective work routines with the limitations needed, analysis of business changes in the medical devices and pharmaceuticals industries, preparation of short, interim and long term programs for activity adjustments, promotion of projects for future growth. We aim to continue and monitor current and new relevant trends that evolve in the near future.“

Safe2 Rotator™ and the COVID-19 connection
Elcam’s Safe2 Rotator™
Elcam has long been an advocate for the safety of medical teams. The safety features of our products like the Marvelous and closed stopcocks, Safeport manifolds and Safe2 Rotators were developed to help reduce the risks that medical teams face regularly like needle stick injuries and exposure to blood and drugs during manipulations. 'Safety is in the details' has been our slogan for some time now, and safety always matters, for both patients and clinicians. The COVID-19 crisis has emphasized the needed precautions for medical teams and the cruciality of keeping them safe from exposure to the virus at the forefront of fighting this epidemic.

As hospitals and clinicians are working around the clock all over the world to provide the best possible care for Coronavirus patients, many innovations ,big and small, have been put into motion to enable the best possible care and at the same time ensure the safety of the clinicians. An article in the Advocate journal written after visiting one of the large medical centers in New Orleans watching firsthand their efforts to deal with the coronavirus crisis describes one of these coronavirus innovations: “Drips and IV pumps are now kept out in the hallways and fed through the doorways into patient rooms so that staffers can limit patient interactions and save equipment by changing out meds without gowning up over and over again”. Such an idea involves much longer tubing sets than usual, meaning more potential twists and kinks that can reduce the flow rates or cause blood hemolysis during transfusion or sampling. Longer tubing is also likely to increase the incidence of IV tubing disconnections that can result in serious and irreversible patient injury and exposure of staff to blood and hazardous drugs.

Elcam’s Safe2 Rotator™ spinning lock feature, available in both stand-alone connector for tube bonding and stopcock configurations can provide a small yet significant contribution to the efforts of keeping medical teams and patients safe. It was designed to ensure secured connection along the entire treatment so critical to safe and effective IV therapy always and nowadays in light of the corona crisis. The Safe2 Rotator™ and its 360o rotational flexibility can help prevent accidental disconnections, reduce tube kinks and twists in the tubing set, facilitate convenient approach to injection and sampling ports and more.

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New team members
Israel Dembus
Israel Dembus

Israel joined the Elcam family three months ago, as Elcam’s new Chief of Quality Assurance and Regulatory affairs.

Israel holds 2 MAs in “Management and Quality Assurance” and “Public & Internal Auditing” as well as an Israeli Certified Quality Engineer. He has 30 years of experience in the quality assurance field of which 27 have been in managerial positions, and for the last 15 years in the medical device field in companies like Odin Medical who was purchased by Medtronic, Galil Medical, and Dune medical (PMA company). For the last 12 years he has also been working as quality consultant in various companies mostly in the medical field in preparations for FDA inspections, transfer from development to production and more.

Israel shared with us: “I see the importance of my position in improving the interfaces between the different processes in the organization. Elcam is a company that focuses on products and their quality. I believe that enhancing the quality of the internal processes will greatly benefit Elcam, bringing it to the highest level of quality performances.”
Rima Horshid
Rima Horshid

Rima is our QA customer service at Elcam Medical headquarters in Israel.

Rima has a degree in Biotechnology Engineering. After completing her studies, she worked as a research assistant at the Migal Galilee Research Institute Ltd. She is not new to Elcam, as she formerly worked for 4 years as a QA controller in our Automatic Assembly Department before she went to study. We are very happy to have her back with us for the last 6 months as QA customer service.

Rima shared: "I am very excited with my new position, getting hands-on experience in the healthcare industry, as well as working closely with Elcam's customers providing them solutions according to their needs".
Elcam’s 50th Anniversary – part 2 - the 80’s and 90’s
Injection Molding department 1988
The first decade of Elcam’s activity ended with the Iranian revolution, curiously enough about the same time as hard metal processing appeared to be a fading business. Elcam, backed by its owners, the community of Kibbutz Baram, explored new opportunities for growth, eventually focusing on production of disposable medical devices. Yossi Halperin, Elcam’s CEO in 1980-84 remembers: “We switched to plastic dies producing all sorts of plastic parts for local manufacturers. The plastic industry was just in its beginning and it took some time to convince the team it will be worthwhile”.
In 1980 they started working with Migada- an Israeli medical device company that produced dialysis sets for international use, manufacturing the parts for the set marked Elcam’s entrance to the medical device field. But they weren’t happy yet… Elcam’s dream was to have a product of its own which they could manufacture and sell independently. It was Migada’s CEO that suggested they manufacture a small faucet that is used for fluid and drug infusion, the stopcock! It took a few years and a lot of hard work but they did it. Elcam’s first stopcock, the unique all clear stopcock was introduced in 1983. it was not a great success but it was definitely the starting point. Many improvements and configurations followed, including new state-of-the-art clean rooms that were inaugurated in 1988 as well as initiating a global sales network at the same time.

Amir Halperin, former CEO 1997-2008 and current Chief Commercial officer, shares: “It was clear from the start that the local market for medical devices is limited and we will need to export internationally through distributors”. During the 1990’s, Elcam obtained significant penetration for its stopcocks in the United States and European markets. Elcam’s flexibility and fast response to requests gained them more and more customers, and what started from a few million stopcock sales per year reached 10 million annually for the first time in 1992. Around that same time, Elcam broadened its portfolio with the Needle-less line in 1994 and further expanded its facility in 1997.

Read about Elcam in the 21st century in our next newsletter
Wishing you and your families much health and a swift return to blessed routine
Best regards,
Igal (Guli) Kohn, CEO and General Manager

Service & Contact

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