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NewSplash Archive – August 2018

Issue 33 – 8/14

The World of Surgical Instruments: The Definitive Inspection Textbook is the go-to resource for step-by-step guidance to proper surgical instrument processing, testing, and inspection. This all-new textbook features more than 1,100 high-resolution teaching photographs and unprecedented knowledge.

The Importance of Surgical Instrument Maintenance and Patient Safety, part 3 by Sara Freiberg
We can work as a team in many ways, but first we must understand the root causes of poor instrument care and how we can prevent these occurrences from taking place. We can enlist the help of a qualified team member or educator who has experience with surgical instrumentation and the processes in the OR and SPD to perform department assessments so we may visually observe the various processes and protocols that occur in the OR and SPD, allowing us to uncover potential gaps. During an assessment, we can follow surgical trays from the time they leave the SPD until the time they are returned. It is important that we observe how instruments are cared for during surgery, how they are transported following the procedure, and how they are cared for in the SPD.

New materials developed to treat chronic wounds
Researchers at Texas A&M University and the Stevens Institute of Technology are developing new biomedical materials to treat chronic wounds. The team created new polymer materials that can be used to coat wounds with previously unachievable properties, virtually turning the surfaces of skin grafts into highly functional ones.

Study shows potential for spread of pathogens from frequently touched objects
Frequently touched objects in hospitals harbor potential pathogens and may act as infectious agents. In a recent study, 232 samples were collected from various sites, such as biometric attendance devices, elevator buttons, door handles, staircase railings, phones, and water faucets.

Medical mist could help fight hospital-acquired infections
Engineers and physicians in San Diego have developed a device that diffuses potent disinfectants into the air, turning viscous disinfectants into breathable mist for the first time. The team used the device to atomize disinfectants onto contaminated environmental surfaces and showed that it eliminated 100% of bacteria that commonly cause HAIs.

CMS reverses plan to limit reporting of HAIs and safety
Federal health officials reversed course on a plan to eliminate the public disclosure of hospital infection rates and safety problems. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said they will continue to publicly report the errors, injuries, and infections.

OR Today offers webinar on the high stakes of SSIs
OR Today is offering the free webinar, Do You Have Skin in the Game? The High Stakes of SSIs, on Thursday, August 23 at 2:00 E.T. The 60-minute webinar will feature Anna Cypert, BSN, RN, who is a clinical specialist with 3M Infection Prevention Division and has been a nurse for more than 20 years.

Register now for OR Today Live! 2018
OR Today Live! 2018 is the place to be to extend your knowledge and earn CEUs. The conference is packed with super sessions and classes by industry experts covering a range of topics.

Speeding sepsis response: University of Utah health reduced cost and length of stay for septic patients by 10%
Sepsis is survivable, but it must be identified and treated quickly: Once hypotension sets in, the risk of death rises 8% with each hour that passes before treatment. University of Utah Health had an inefficient multistep process to identify and treat sepsis that had potential for error.

New Beyond Cleanepisode is now available
This week’s episode of Beyond Clean is part 2 of the interview with Barbara Harmer, director of clinical services at Innovative Sterilization Technologies, LLC. The topic is expertise versus accreditation, challenges to the surveying process.

 

Issue 32 – 8/7

The World of Surgical Instruments: The Definitive Inspection Textbook is the go-to resource for step-by-step guidance to proper surgical instrument processing, testing, and inspection. This all-new textbook features more than 1,100 high-resolution teaching photographs and unprecedented knowledge.

Here’s Your Sign: The Power and Purpose of Visual Aids in Your CS/SPD Workflow by Hank Balch
Human beings are big fans of signs: stop signs, danger signs, big signs (billboards), little signs (labels), and every kind of sign in-between. It should come as no surprise that this love affair with signage can make its way into our CS/SPD departments. As with all things, this affinity with visual aids can be taken to extremes, but in general, good signage is an important tool for driving standardization and efficiency in the world of surgical instrument cleaning and sterilization. Let’s take a look at a few critical areas where signs can take your teams to the next level of instrument processing excellence.

3D-printed implants help grow real bone
Researchers at NYU have implanted chemically coated ceramic scaffolds that successfully guided the regrowth of missing bone in lab animals while being naturally absorbed by the test animals’ bodies as the new bone gradually replaced the devices. The implants were modeled after the bone pieces they were meant to replace and were assembled onsite using 3D robotic printing, a technology that uses a fine-point print head to push out a gel-like ink material.

High-resolution nano-optic endoscope sees deep into tissue
Conventional optical elements in catheters used in endoscopic imaging to access hard-to-reach areas of the body to diagnose diseases are prone to errors due to obstructions that affect the capabilities of optical imaging. Endoscopic imaging experts at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have developed a new class of endoscopic imaging catheters called nano-optic endoscopes.

FUJIFILM launches 700 Series Endoscopes
FUJIFILM Medical Systems announced the launch of its 700 Series Endoscopes, which feature enhancements in comfort, efficiency, and visualization. As part of Fujifilm’s ELUXEO platform, the 700 Series Endoscopes are compatible with special light observation modes Blue Light Imaging (BLI) and Linked Color Imaging (LCI), expanding Fujifilm’s offerings in image enhanced endoscopy.

EMBOTRAP II clot retriever used in ischemic stroke patients
CERENOVUS, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, announced the first patients have been treated with its new EMBOTRAP II Revascularization Device since it became commercially available in the U.S. EMBOTRAP II is a stent retriever used to capture and remove life-threatening blood clots from the brain following an ischemic stroke.

Register now for OR Today Live! 2018
OR Today Live! 2018 is the place to be to extend your knowledge and earn CEUs. The conference is packed with super sessions and classes by industry experts covering a range of topics.

Speeding sepsis response: University of Utah health reduced cost and length of stay for septic patients by 10%
Sepsis is survivable, but it must be identified and treated quickly: Once hypotension sets in, the risk of death rises 8% with each hour that passes before treatment. University of Utah Health had an inefficient multistep process to identify and treat sepsis that had potential for error.

New Beyond Cleanepisode is now available
This week’s guest on Beyond Clean is Dr. Wava Truscott, president and founder at Truscott MedSci Associates, LLC. Dr. Truscott has authored more than 70 articles, coauthored the microbiological section of the AAMI Sterilization Recommended Practices and was the U.S. delegate for ISO’s Medical Device Biocompatibility on Systemic Toxicity Testing for the European Union. The topic this week is lint, patient enemy number one.