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…)

In February, AAMI released their updated aseptic processing guidelines. They have adopted the ISO/TC standards and are issuing this new series as a collection at a reduced cost. These ANSI/AAMI 13408 books will also be available for individual purchase. The first section of this new publication deals with the terminal sterilization of medical devices and other items. This final autoclave or low temp sterilizer step is performed on healthcare products in sealed containers prior to issuance by the manufacturer. (more…)

Alfa Wassermann Separation Technologies initially developed a sanitization and disinfection kit to be used with their pharmaceutical grade ultracentrifuge.  In May 2009, the company reported an important advance. They have determined that this technology can actually be used for the sterilization of a wide variety of other heat sensitive instruments.  Filling machines, filtration systems, laboratory centrifuges, incubators, and laboratory worktops and walls can all be properly cleaned using this system. (more…)

In May, Portescap announced the launch of a 24 hour rapid turnaround program for prototyping of brushless, slotted DC motors. This new initiative will allow clients to order sample motors in a variety of sizes and gear ratios to test with custom applications. Autoclaveable DC motors are among the devices being offered as standard prototype options. This supplier also offers a 5 day production commitment for non-standard prototypes such as those requiring shaft alterations. (more…)

In May, Astell announced the addition of an effluent sterilization system to its product line. These self contained plants are designed to treat contaminated liquid waste. They are sufficiently effective for use at category 3 and 4 labs. Waste water from designated lab areas in such facilities must be sterilized before discharge into the sewer to comply with environmental regulations. The Astell treatment equipment can be structured to handle capacities of up to 5,000 liters per day. The containment tank receives incoming effluent from sinks and bathrooms. It can also be used to handle exhaust and water discharged from instrument sterilizers and autoclaves. (more…)

The ozone bed sterilizer KZ-X-DL1 made in Guang Dong, China has just been released into various markets around the globe over the past few months.  On June 3, 2009, Guangzhou Kangzhen Medical Equipment Co. Ltd announced the increased availability of this portable machine. The manufacturer also took this opportunity to point out some of the equipment’s benefits. (more…)

Claims that ionizing water turns it into a “miracle liquid” with potent powers of disinfection are dubious.   One of the recent versions of this scam blatantly states that the substance cures athletes’ foot and yet it is safe to drink.  Fish and poultry industries use it without adversely affecting the quality of the food. This simple formula can be whipped up on the spot by any cleaning crew with the right ionizing equipment. This sounds like a great product for use in hospitals, sterile manufacturing and lab environments doesn’t it? Actually, there is not a substantial difference between regular tap water and what comes out of these expensive electrolysis machines.  It’s incredible that electrolyzed sterilizing water claims like this can be successfully spread as fact in today’s information age. (more…)

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) has just made two updated sterilization manuals available. These latest editions provide comprehensive information regarding processing and standards. Only the first 2 volumes of the 3 volume series have been reissued at this time. They can be purchased in printed form or on CD. (more…)

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