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NewSplash Archive – August 2018

Issue 35 – 8/28

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 4 by Sara Freiberg
In 1996, The Joint Commission adopted a formal Sentinel Event Policyto help hospitals that experience serious adverse eventsto improve safety and learn from sentinel events “…to protect the patient, improve systems, and prevent further harm.”The Joint Commission calls these events “sentinel” because they alert the need for an immediate investigation.

Scientists developing treatment for eye infections without conventional antibiotics
Scientists and clinicians from the University of Sheffield are working with colleagues at the LV Prasad Eye Institute in India to develop a new treatment for eye infections that is not dependent upon conventional antibiotics, to which many microbes are becoming rapidly resistant.

New device enables study of biofilm structure to combat bacteria
To combat bacterial resistance to antibiotics, researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) studied biofilms, which are bacterial cells that band together. Biofilms are advantageous to bacteria because they give resistance to conventional antibiotics.

IDSA announces recipients of Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence designation
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) announced the recipients of its Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence (CoE) designation. The program recognizes institutions that have created stewardship programs led by infectious diseases physicians and ID-trained pharmacists that have achieved standards established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Protecting your instruments, understanding the importance of protecting your most valuable assets: Your instrument inventory
This webinar is about the protection of your valuable asset, instrumentation, and understanding the history, design, and the importance of inspection. We will also discuss protection products available to protect instrumentation from damage.

Let there be light, and bacteria-fighting polymers
Researchers at the University of Warwick have developed a method to create hundreds of polymers, which can kill drug-resistant superbugs, using light. The synthetic reproductions of antimicrobial peptides can be used as alternative antimicrobials, from disease treatment to food and cosmetics.

Sign up now for OR Excellence 2018
OR Excellence 2018 will be held at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on October 3–5. At OR Excellence, you will attend workshops and classes on a variety of topics and learn new skills, network with colleagues, receive helpful tips on improving patient outcomes, and more.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
Beyond Clean is celebrating its first anniversary with their 52nd episode, which also serves as their season finale. Join the celebration this week as the team makes an important announcement regarding a format change for the upcoming year, shares statistics from the past year, and opens an online store.

 

Issue 34 – 8/21

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.

Plugged-In and Processing: Smart Home, Why Not Smart CS/SPD? by Hank Balch
How smart is your sterile processing department? No, I’m not asking if all your technicians went to Harvard and majored in the study of Geobacillus stearothermophilus, although that would be great. I’m talking gadgets and gizmos, sensors and switches, the kinds of things that you would imagine if your hospital married a Best Buy and had a baby.

Scientists create paper-based batteries
Developing reliable, efficient paper-based batteries has long been a goal in the scientific community due to their flexibility and eco-friendly properties. The proposed designs were not powerful enough, production was difficult, and they may not have been biodegradable.

UCHealth performs first patient procedure using Sterizone technology
Ohio-based UCHealth has performed the first patient procedure with a duodenoscope sterilized using Sterizone technology. The Sterizone VP4 sterilizer was developed by TSO3and received 510(K) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the terminal sterilization of multichanneled flexible endoscopes.

Children’s hospital to introduce holograms in OR
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital plans on incorporating Microsoft technology to help doctors better collaborate and improve surgical procedures. The hospital will install large-screen Surface Hubs in meeting rooms and HoloLens, the mixed-reality headset, in operating rooms.

3D-printed device could help treat spinal cord injuries
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a prototype of a 3D-printed device that could help patients with long-term spinal cord injuries regain some function. The 3D-printed guide is made of silicone and serves as a platform for the patient’s own specialized cells, which are then 3D printed on top of the guide.

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 Clean episode is now available
This week on Beyond Clean is part 2 of the interview with Dr. Wava Truscott, president and founder of Truscott MedSci Associates, LLC. This episode’s topic is risks and root causes of microbial complications.

 

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.