Salud de Sol is an ETHOS group sponsored by the University of Dayton and winner of $10,000 in a 2008 business plan competition.  This organization is requesting advice and ideas concerning a few technical problems associated with building a viable solar autoclave.  Their humanitarian project is currently being continued from last year.  The team of engineering students started a non-profit organization with a clear intent to help third world communities improve local healthcare.  Salud de Sol hopes to achieve this by providing a cost effective method for sterilizing medical instruments. Their focus is on Nicaraguan health clinics and communities that are located in areas off-grid or in places where electricity is unreliable or nonexistent. (more…)

Still reeling from an autoclave purchasing scandal last fall, Southeast Asia is now desperately in need of units to treat highly infectious medical waste. The 100 million pesos set aside by the Philippine congress would allow hospitals across the country to safely dispose of these hazardous materials. The National Center for Health Facility Development has already selected locations for the sterilizers. Each medical center equipped with an autoclave would be able to serve several hospitals in its vicinity. While transporting the waste from one location to another offers risks of its own, the funds are simply not sufficient to purchase a unit for every clinic. Heavy duty hazmat bags can be used to reduce the risk of punctures and leaking during transport to the sterilization site. After processing, the materials will be inert and perfectly safe to add to the landfill. This method of disposal is replacing incineration in an effort to cut air pollution. (more…)

Building better equipment requires creative initiative.  It is much easier for engineers to make designs more efficient if they have the right tools to generate and manipulate their new ideas.  ESTS (GB) Ltd, an established manufacturer of autoclaves and sterilizers, has recently upgraded their design computer software to Solidworks. This is a new 3D CAD program supplied by Innova Systems. (more…)

LTE has a number of events on its calendar for 2009. Next week (May 11-15) they will be participating in the ACHEMA tradeshow in Frankfurt Messe. This international meeting happens only once every 3 years, so there are sure to be quite a few new technologies on display. A wide variety of process industries including pharmaceutical and biotechnology will be represented at ACHEMA. Over 4,000 exhibitors will fill the halls at this enormous event. LTE will be one of about 400 British companies making the trip to Germany to attend. Their line of Touchclave autoclaves will be of interest to large and small customers alike. Units in the LTE line of products range in size from 40 liters to over 1000 liters. (more…)

Results have recently been released concerning research on low temperature oxygen plasma sterilization with samples of Pseudomonas aeruginosa as the target.   These were placed on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sheets inside a self designed reactor.  The study was conducted by Yang L, Chen J, Gao J, Zhang Z, and Hu M, at the School of Life Science and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University, in Xi’an China.  They exposed this human opportunistic pathogen to a stream of ionized gas for 30 seconds.  In depth observation of the samples within the discharge area, afterglow area, and the remote area confirmed efficacy of sterilization. (more…)

Medical institutions such as V.A. run hospitals have come under fire recently for failure to follow appropriate sterilization protocols. Canada is receiving similar attention now in a consumer health scare that affects clients in a very different setting. A Mississagua tattoo parlor was recently investigated for failing to keep thorough records regarding the maintenance of its sterilization equipment. Health inspectors visited the business shortly after it opened in 2005. Over the next several years, no further contact was made. Officials from the health department state lack of resources as the cause for skipping a number of yearly inspections. Upon their second visit to MoonShin in February of 2009, inspectors were not satisfied with the minimal records presented regarding sterilizer maintenance. (more…)

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering and the Pharmaceutical Processing Journal have announced the winners of the first round of “Facility of the Year” awards for 2009. The Operational Excellence nod goes to Hameln Pharma – a German manufacturing firm. This recognition spotlights the company’s new sterile processing plant that just opened in the spring of 2008. It has quickly risen to become one of the best aseptic manufacturers in its field. The plant garnered high praise for its low cost, streamlined design. It was also commended for being up to date with all relevant regulations. Construction of this location was accomplished in 25 months – quite an achievement for a project of this scope. (more…)

The India based company, Transasia Bio-Medicals Ltd., has recently launched the distribution and sale of fully autoclavable mechanical pipettes.  These new Proline Plus products are manufactured by Biohit, headquartered in Finland. The significance of this partnership is that Transasia (through their subsidiary Erba Diagnostic Mannheim GmbH) does business with laboratories across the entire globe.  It has a well established distribution network in over 55 countries.  The company brings state of the art, reliable, affordable, innovative, and high quality equipment within reach of its growing list of clientele. This wide distribution system will make the new pipette design immediately available to labs around the world. (more…)

Some people say any media exposure is a good thing. However, Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) must be starting to feel uncomfortable with all the recent attention its products have been receiving. The manufacturer has been the subject of several FDA enforcement reports since October. This California based technology firm has initiated multiple recalls – each for a different product. So far, all of these sterilizer recalls are classified as level 2. This means that the potential malfunction of one of the devices in question is not likely to cause irreversible or serious adverse health problems. (more…)

Time is quickly running out for hospitals to notify the EPA of compliance with their latest ruling concerning EtO sterilizers. The May 2009 deadline applies to units installed or rebuilt before November 2006. Users of newer equipment were already required to comply by the end of 2007. This means that all U.S. hospitals should now be using these updated procedures to reduce EtO emissions. Fortunately, this switch does not mean all current users of this technology must purchase new sterilizers. Instead, the regulations set standards for appropriate use of existing equipment. (more…)

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