Yesterday, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) issued a press release regarding steam sterilization. Their upcoming new publication will cover 26 specific additions/revisions to existing ST79 guidelines. Copies of the amended standards are expected to be available in published form by early August at the latest. Customers who have purchased the previous version will be able to download the updates via PDF without having to pay an additional fee. (more…)

Earlier in July, LANXESS released the results of a new efficacy study on Preventol CD 601, an active ingredient in many of the company’s personal care and cleansing products. In a previous study in 2006 the ingredient was proven to be a highly effective biocide against the bird flu (H5N1).  Over the last couple of months, Giessen University researchers have confirmed that it is also an effective disinfectant against the new 2009 swine flu virus, H1N1. (more…)

In May, Thomasnet featured a short piece introducing Sussman’s new, high quality saturated steam “ES” boiler model. This versatile unit can be used in many industries. The company’s electric boilers are found in hospitals, laboratories, and food processing plants – anywhere pressurized steam is required. This equipment requires only electrical and water connections so installation is straightforward. (more…)

Mere cleaning is not the same thing as decontamination or sterilization, but it is an important step in the overall process. Sanitization is part of a protocol standard that requires a whole list of procedures for proper implementation. The CDC recommends that reusable medical equipment be pre-cleaned before sterilization. An ultrasonic cleaning system is many times more effective and much faster than scrubbing by hand. L & R delivers equipment that can replace such manual cleaning. In May, the company also introduced a new line of UltraDose solutions that make using their ultrasonic cleaners easier than ever. (more…)

In May, L&R announced that its trademark Barrier Milk product is available in a sprayable formula. This product comes in a small 8 oz bottle and is designed for laboratory instrument care. It helps prevent corrosion and rusting of metals during the autoclaving process. It also lubricates devices that contain hinges or joints. As a bonus, the solution reduces the chances of heat discoloration from the high temperatures experienced in a typical sterilization cycle. Because of this triple action, the spray can be used for many applications. (more…)

In April, Tuttnauer attended the CMEF show in Shenzhen, China. This medical device trade show offers a glimpse at the wide array of local and international manufacturers who market their wares in that country. The event hosted 3,654 visitors from other countries. However, this year Tuttnauer can be counted among the 53,000 local attendees. In 2008, this medical autoclave manufacturer established a new outpost in Shanghai. Michael Herr heads up this branch as sales manager and this brand new division enjoys exclusive control over the marketing of Tuttnauer products in China. (more…)

Rodwell Scientific Instruments made the trip from Great Britain to Germany for the 2009 ACHEMA show in May. The company was one of over a dozen presenters specializing in medical and laboratory sterilizers. What sets this manufacturer apart is the Rodwell “Pneu-valve” system offered on all their vacuum autoclaves. (more…)

Earlier this year, Belimed Group established a 10 year finance contract with UKE (Hamburg-Eppenddorf University Hospital). This project involves the installation of all the new sterilization equipment in the hospital’s Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD).  It is a lease agreement with an option to purchase after 10 years.  Belimed not only supplies the financing but also includes sterilizers, washers, disinfectors, packing tables, furniture, and all the maintenance and service for the equipment. (more…)

On June 19, 2009, Steris Corporation announced another new product: Resert  XL HLD High Level Disinfectant.  This broad based microbicide was developed with the help of Virox Technologies using their proprietary AHP ™ (Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide) formulation.  With one rinse, Resert accomplishes its sanitizing task without leaving any cytotoxic residue. It also doesn’t prompt the formation of biofilm on medical instruments. (more…)

During last month’s ACHEMA 2009 in Frankfurt Germany, Getinge Infection Control introduced three new sterilization products. This Swedish manufacturer was one of over a dozen sterilizer companies that took advantage of this world class event to show off their finest products. Getinge’s offerings included the brand new GEV series, the STERBOX E-Beam system, and the ISOTEST. (more…)