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NewSplash Archive – April 2018

Issue 17 – 4/24

New microscope captures detailed 3D movies of cells deep inside living systems
Researchers have developed a microscope for viewing living cells in 3D while still inside the body. To image the internal choreography of these cells in 3D, the team used lattice light sheet microscopy, which rapidly and repeatedly sweeps an ultrathin sheet of light through the cell while acquiring a series of 2D images, building a high-resolution 3D movie of subcellular dynamics.

IAHCSMM 2018 conference schedule and app available
The schedule for the IAHCSMM 2018 Annual Conference & Expo is available. The website features links where attendees may choose to Print Full Session Details, Schedule-at-a-Glance, CE Value Sheet, and Expo Education information.

Researchers identify protein associated with breast cancer
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a protein that is strongly associated with metastatic breast cancer and that could be a target for future therapies. High levels of the protein ZMYND8 are correlated with poor survival in breast cancer patients, said Dr. Weibo Luo, assistant professor of pathology and pharmacology.

Register now for AAMI webinar
On Wednesday, April 25, AAMI will host the Disinfection and Sterilization: Conquering Accreditation Surveys webinar. Participants will learn to identify current accreditation standards that pertain to high-level disinfection and sterilization; describe current nationally accepted standards and recommended practices that constitute best practices in sterile processing; and develop a template for how to prepare for an accreditation survey relating to sterile processing.

FDA authorizes new use of test to identify emerging Candida auris pathogen
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the first test to identify the emerging pathogen Candida auris (C. auris), which can cause serious infections in hospitalized patients. Specifically, the FDA permitted marketing a new use for the BRUKER MALDI Biotyper CA system for the identification of C. auris, adding to the systems already cleared uses for the identification of 333 species or species groups, covering 424 clinically relevant bacteria and yeast species.

Register now for APIC 2018
APIC 2018 is full of hot-topic sessions, and there are four standalone preconference programs covering CIC certification; consulting; disinfection, sterilization, and antisepsis; and an interactive skills lab designed to reduce infection risk and exposure. You don’t want to miss this conference.

Event at IAHCSMM to seek clarity on sterile packaging methods
If you are attending the 2018 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo, you may want to RSVP for the Packaging Method Myth-Busting moderated panel discussion. The event will highlight various sterile packaging methods and feature representatives from each to help CS/SPD professionals seek clarity on product claims and contamination risks of the different methods.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
Kara Nadeau, founder of KLN Communications, Inc., is this week’s guest on Beyond Clean. Kara has nearly 20 years’ experience as a healthcare writer.

 

Issue 16 – 4/17

Dangerous decontam: Is your department design hurting your people?
You don’t have to spend more than five minutes in a sterile processing decontamination area to realize it’s a dangerous space. The entire concept of standard precautions causes some technicians to daydream about what horrible disease might be clinging to this orthopedic broach or buried inside that narrow liposuction cannula.

New polymer uses ambient light to kill hospital superbugs
Scientists at University College London have developed a new polymer-based material that is activated by ambient light to produce bacteria-killing molecules to help stop the spread of hospital infections, including those with drug-resistant bacteria. The covering is made of polyurethane embedded with tiny semiconductor nanoparticles called quantum dots and particles of a purple dye called crystal violet.

IAHCSMM announces executive board member election results
The International Association of Healthcare Central Service  Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) announced the election results for two Executive Board positions. Tony Thurmond, CRCST, CIS, CHL, central services manager for The Christ Hospital, has been elected as the Association’s next president-elect. Tanya Lewis, CRCST, sterile processing supervisor for Wellstar North Fulton Hospital, is the new secretary-treasurer.

Scientists erase Alzheimer’s-causing gene in human brain
Researchers at Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco have discovered the cause of the primary genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, and they may have found a method to erase its damaging effects. By examining the brains of men, not mice, the researchers found that human brains that possess even a single copy of a gene called apoE4 are more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Register now for APIC 2018
APIC 2018 is full of hot-topic sessions, and there are four standalone preconference programs covering CIC certification; consulting; disinfection, sterilization, and antisepsis; and an interactive skills lab designed to reduce infection risk and exposure.

Event at IAHCSMM to seek clarity on sterile packaging methods
If you are attending the 2018 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo, you may want to RSVP for the Packaging Method Myth-Busting moderated panel discussion. The event will highlight various sterile packaging methods and feature representatives from each to help CS/SPD professionals seek clarity on product claims and contamination risks of the different methods.

Reprocessing duodenoscopes still problematic
Duodenoscopes are invaluable in diagnosing conditions relating to the pancreas and bile duct. As physicians are becoming increasingly reliant upon the complex device, the challenge of properly reprocessing the scope after each procedure is of paramount concern.

Altered immune cells clear childhood brain tumor in mice
In mice, a fatal brainstem tumor was cleared by injecting it with engineered T cells that recognized the cancer and targeted it for destruction. Engineered human immune cells can vanquish a deadly pediatric brain tumor in a mouse model, a study from the Stanford University School of Medicine has demonstrated.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
This week’s guest on Beyond Clean is Adam Okada, owner and founder of Sterile Education, an app for iTunes and Android. Topics for this episode include a discussion about his app and SPD training.

 

Issue 15 – 4/10

New anti-inflammatory therapy delivers critical site relief
Bioengineers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed a hydrogel that can be loaded with arthritis drugs and injected locally into an inflamed joint. The hydrogel is designed to release the drug when symptoms worsen during periods of increased arthritis-related enzyme activity, instead of at a continuously steady rate.

New AAMI tool to help SPDs evaluate compliance
AAMI has developed an online assessment tool for sterile processing departments to use to evaluate and monitor their compliance with ANSI/AAMI ST79:2017. The tool is based on a technical report that contains a checklist of the primary recommendations of the standard.

FDA issues first clearance for diagnostic 3D-printed anatomical models
Materialise NV is the first company to receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for 3D-printing software of anatomical models for diagnostic use. The software is used for preoperative planning and fabricating physical models for diagnostic purposes, including patient management, treatment, and surgeon-to-surgeon communication.

Last chance for APIC 2018 early bird registration discount
APIC 2018 is June 13–15, but don’t wait to register. If you register by April 12, you will save $100 on the full conference rate.

Event at IAHCSMM to seek clarity on sterile packaging methods
If you are attending the 2018 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo, you may want to RSVP for the Packaging Method Myth-Busting moderated panel discussion. The event will highlight various sterile packaging methods and feature representatives from each to help CS/SPD professionals seek clarity on product claims and contamination risks of the different methods.

CDC warns of potential nightmare superbug
New lab tests in 2017 uncovered 221 instances of unusual resistance genes in germs that are resistant to all or most antibiotics. These genes are constantly developing and spreading, making them increasingly difficult to contain.

Researchers develop injectable bandage
Researchers at Texas A&M have developed an injectable hydrogel bandage to stop bleeding from the inside and promote wound healing. The hydrogel uses a common thickening agent called kappa-carrageenan, which is obtained from seaweed, combined with clay-based nanoparticles.

How reprocessing drives medical device innovation
Medical Design & Outsourcing recently published an article that details how reprocessing accelerates commoditization and forces medical device companies to innovate. The article covers the origin of single-use devices, details shortened technology lifecycles, and addresses hospital costs as they relate to reprocessing.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
The guests this week on Beyond Clean are Shawn Flynn, manager of sterile processing at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, and his shift supervisors Rigo Cardenas and Andrew Estiva. They discuss their efforts to build the ideal sterile processing department, covering the planning and construction process and their vision for industry excellence.

 

Issue 14 – 4/3

The Front Line debuts
This issue marks the debut of The Front Line, an exclusive biweekly feature column authored by Hank Balch. This issue, Hank addresses the importance of maintaining the cleanliness of your workspace in the sterile processing department. He stresses the importance of integrating cleaning protocols into your current regimen and gives tips on things to look for that might otherwise go unseen.

New synthetized natural antibiotic kills superbugs
Scientists from the University of Lincoln in the U.K. have developed a commercially viable version of teixobactin, a natural antibiotic discovered in soil samples in 2015. This is the first major development in the fight against superbugs in the last 30 years.

Ultrathin endoscope captures neurons firing deep in the brain
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed an endoscope as thin as a human hair that can image the activity of neurons in the brains of living mice. The endoscope is so thin that it can reach deep into the brain and image areas that researchers cannot see otherwise.

Register for APIC 2018 by April 12 and save $100
APIC 2018 is June 13–15, but don’t wait to register. If you register by April 12, you will save $100 on the full conference rate.

Monarch Platform gets FDA clearance, seeks to transform endoscopy
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared Auris Health’s Monarch Platform for endoscopy. The Monarch Platform integrated the latest advancements in robotics, software, data science, and endoscope innovation with the goal of dramatically improving patient outcomes, enhancing physician capabilities, and lowering costs.

Help IAHCSMM pack food items for residents of Phoenix
For the third year, IAHCSMM will participate in a community connection prior to hosting the IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo. On Friday, April 27, IAHCSMM will work at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix, Arizona, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. packing food items for donations to local residents.

Western Wisconsin Chapter of IAHCSMM to hold spring workshop
The Western Wisconsin Chapter of IAHCSMM is hosting a two-day workshop in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on April 6–7 called Construction: Building Blocks for Success. Attendees will be eligible for 10 CE credits from IAHCSMM and CBSPD, and CEs are pending for the Association of Surgical Technologies.

Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations 2018now available
To assist healthcare organizations with their patient safety initiatives, ECRI Institute has released the Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations for 2018. Download your copy at ECRI Institute.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
This week’s guests on Beyond Clean are Lucy Nelson and Alyssa Rowe from Mercy Ships. Mercy Ships provides state-of-the-art healthcare to coastal towns of poor nations, many of which lack clean water, reliable electricity, medical facilities, and personnel. This episode, Lucy Nelson discussed Africa Mercy 2017 and Alyssa Rowe talks about her role as a medical recruiter for Mercy Ships.