The Department of Health in the state of Ohio has released an updated Infection Prevention and Control manual for 2009. This comprehensive document covers topics as far ranging as the management of pandemic influenza and how to deal with the threat of bioterrorism. One segment in this booklet deals specifically with issues of interest to sterile processing departments. (more…)

In April, a Swiss hospital (Cantonal Hospital Aarua) unveiled the end result of a complete CSSD overhaul. The facility’s Central Sterile Supply Department has been upgraded and automated. This work was done with the assistance of Belimed – a premier infection control and sterilization equipment supplier. Improving the health and safety of patients is the driving force behind this refurbishment. Keeping energy costs and environmental impact low was another excellent reason for selecting Belimed as a partner on this project. (more…)

In April 2009, a new line of medical autoclave – the BRAVO series – received FDA approval to proceed with marketing. The new sterilization product was developed by SciCan Canada and is just now making its rounds in the US.  These are table top vacuum steam sterilizers that operate at high pressures. This optimizes the conditions necessary to penetrate a load and effectively kill infectious organisms in a short period of time. (more…)

On June 18th, Getinge USA, Inc. received the 2009 Suppliers Performance Award. This is an honor bestowed by Premier, Inc. – a coalition of 60,000 healthcare facilities and hospitals across the U.S. Premier is dedicated to improving performance in the health field in measurable ways. Collecting data and evaluating outcomes is one of the things they do best. An award from this organization is based on an in depth review of a full 12 months of data and is a real marker of achievement. (more…)

In June, a 3M study published in Healthcare Purchasing News drew attention to the phenomenon of Toxic Anterior Segment Syndrome (TASS). This condition is also known as toxic endothelial cell destruction. It has been associated with sterilization residue in many cases where cataract eye surgery has failed. (more…)

In June, Belimed’s Technick GmbH division made the “Top 100” list for small to medium sized businesses in Germany. This sterilizer manufacturer is being recognized in the areas of innovation-friendly management, marketing, and processes. Former state premier of Baden-Wurttemberg, Lothar Spath, presented this award at an official ceremony on 6/26/09. (more…)

Radical, an innovative UK company, has developed a sanitization system for the food processing industry based upon water oxidation.  Their machine creates high concentrations of ozone in a dedicated water supply. The process then goes on to create hydrogen peroxides and hydroxyl ions.  These substances are powerful biocides that dissipate readily after the decontamination of target surfaces.  This new, viable and cheap alternative to chlorine based methods was featured in Food Quality News in May of 2009. (more…)

In a press release in December of 2008, ASP (Advanced Sterilization Products) announced a new product line that would eliminate the need for manual cleaning of endoscopes. EVOTECHTM is the first available automatic endoscope cleaner and re-processor on the market. In February of 2009, ASP announced an update. 60 units had already been delivered in little more than two and a half months. (more…)

In May, MD Publishing featured an excellent IAHCSM article on how Sterile Processing and Distribution departments can “go green”. The article notes that healthcare is among the top 5 energy consuming industries in the U.S. Approximately 2.4 million tons of waste are generated annually by this industry and many of its unsafe byproducts end up in our water supply. Finding eco-friendly sterilization and autoclaving processes would certainly improve this situation. (more…)

AORN (Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses) held its 56th Congress in Chicago in March 2009.  One of the topics of discussion was the correct way to use sterile count sheets with surgical instruments.  Chemicals used to make the paper and toner could potentially contaminate instruments during the sterilization process. Theoretically, this might pose a risk to sensitized patients. (more…)