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NewSplash Archive – August 2022

Issue 31 – August 2, 2022

ST108: The Future of Water for the Processing of Medical Devices Is Coming by Jonathan A. Wilder, PhD, Managing Director
One of the things that I enjoy doing (although I don’t get paid for it, so what exactly is wrong with me?) is participate in the AAMI Standards Making Process. I have been, and continue to be, very involved in the development of the replacement for AAMI TIR34:2014 “Water for the reprocessing of medical devices,” and the upcoming standard ST108 “Water for the processing of medical devices.” This article is a briefing on how things will change in this area once ST108 is published (hopefully in 2023).

FDA provides update on agency response to monkeypox outbreak
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided an update on its multipronged response to monkeypox in the United States, including its efforts in the areas of diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics. The agency has also established a dedicated website to provide important information about the FDA’s ongoing regulatory activities related to monkeypox, along with frequently asked questions.

Spray coating shields surfaces from viruses and bacteria
A first-of-its-kind sprayable coating that can prevent the surface spread of infection from bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19, over a sustained period has been developed by a team of Australian researchers.

NIHHIS launches heat.gov web portal
The National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) recently launched the heat.gov web portal. The portal serves as a source of heat and health information for the nation to reduce the health, economic, and infrastructural impacts of extreme heat.

11th International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host the 11th International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID) August 7–10, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta hotel in Atlanta, GA.

Beyond Clean Season 17
Heat sealers create the sealed barrier between sterile instruments and the dangerous microbes outside seeking to do our patients harm. This episode’s guest, Kevin Anderson MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CRCST, CHL, CIS, CER, Clinical Education Specialist at Healthmark Industries, takes a comprehensive look at heat sealers and all things heat sealing, including training, maintenance, technology, and trends.