The CDC finished updating its latest version of the Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities in November.  The new publication represents the first comprehensive overhaul of this document since the 1980’s.  At a hefty 158 pages, this isn’t exactly light reading.  However, it is definitely written with an emphasis on clarity.  The terminology is simple enough for an entry level hospital technician to easily grasp.  This booklet will make a valuable addition to the library of any employee responsible for following proper disinfection protocols.  It is available for download at the CDC website in Adobe format.   Of special interest is the section on flash sterilization issues. (more…)

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released guidance for aggressive infection control to combat the new emerging nosocomial pathogen known as CRKP.  Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae is probably best known for an outbreak in Israel a few of years ago within the healthcare system there.  It is one of many carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) that is within the scope of the announcement. (more…)

The Managing Infection Control publication includes an interesting twist for 2009.  This year’s Sterilization Technology Showcase isn’t just about managing exposure to pathogens.  It also touches on protecting employees from chemicals as well.  In many cases, the danger of exposure comes from the very equipment and processes used to control microbial threats.  The Steri-Trac Monitoring System from CemDAQ is designed to address this problem.  The 2009 Showcase provides interesting information about how sterilization equipment can be monitored for safety. (more…)

LTE Scientific LTD recently unveiled a new line of 7 cylindrical laboratory autoclave models that come with an air ballast system as a standard feature.  These new Touchclave-R autoclaves are easy to use because of the Touchscreen panel.  At the same time, their state of the art menus with multiple levels of security prevent any unauthorized tampering with cycle settings. (more…)

In September of 2008, CHRIST Water Technology presented innovative solutions for water purification at a conference in Vienna. These processes are designed to remove both organic and inorganic pollutants from industrial and municipal water supplies. Such technologies are very important to many companies including pharmaceutical manufacturers. Quality assurance requires any water used be free of bacteria and other micro-organisms. (more…)

Steris Corporation and GE Healthcare announced a recent collaborative agreement to work together in support of interventional suites by integrating their leading edge technologies.  The announcement was made at the Society of Interventional Radiology annual meeting in San Diego on March 9th, 2009. (more…)

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) has a number of workshops on ethylene oxide sterilization lined up for 2009.   This will be kicked off with a webinar series on March 4th and 5th.  This course can be taken by participants at home or in the office – wherever an internet connection and phone line are available.  The lesson plan will focus on EO sterilization of health care products based on current industry standards for equipment validation and safety.  Participants will be able to watch the power point presentation online.  The audio will be provided via phone to ensure clarity and to allow class members to ask questions.  This program is designed to be low cost/high value since any number of staff members can participate as a group for one flat fee. (more…)

The new autoclave waste handling facility at the old British Steel site in South Yorkshire is part of a seven year agreement to collectively handle household rubbish.  It was projected to treat at a rate of 100,000 metric tonnes per year by the spring of 2009.  The facility just opened in August of 2008.  Yet, the local councils involved in the agreement decided to grant permission to double the capacity at the site to 200,000 tonnes.  Sterecycle, the London based firm that has the contract, announced plans to invest another £10 million to follow through with the idea to double autoclave capacity at the Rotherham site. (more…)

The Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) Training and Research Institute has a full spectrum of courses available for 2009.  The Institute focuses on laboratory and classroom training in all aspects of the pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical industries.  This includes training in sterilizer and autoclave validation protocols. (more…)

The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (part of the World Bank) has extended a loan to the Romanian government so that they can fund a new Avian Flu Control and Human Pandemic Preparedness and Response project.  The proceeds will be channeled through the Ministry of Finance and on behalf of the Ministry of Health for the expressed purpose of purchasing equipment for isolation and intensive care units being set up at various regional hospitals and clinics that handle tropical and infectious diseases. (more…)

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