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NewSplash Archive – December 2017

Issue 51 – 12/27
NewSplash year-end recap
As 2017 winds down, so does our first year of publishing NewSplash. We hope you have enjoyed reading each issue as much as we have enjoyed putting them together. Let’s take a look at some of the topics that dominated healthcare news this past year.

Heads up: Effective 1/1/18, individual hand hygiene failures to be cited under IC, NPSG standards
The Joint Commission states that beginning January 1, 2018, any observation by surveyors or individual failure to perform hand hygiene in the process of direct patient care will be cited as a deficiency resulting in a Requirement for Improvement (RFI) under the Infection Prevention and Control (IC) chapter for all accreditation programs.

Little things you can do for your surveyor
Leslie Mattson, RN, BSHM, with ALM Surgical Solutions recently compiled a list of things you can do to make a surveyor’s job easier while at your facility.

IAHCSMM accepting nominations for awards
The IAHCSMM Awards Program is now accepting nominations to honor accomplishments and successes of central service professionals.

AAMI seeking submissions for Standards Developer Awards
Nominations for AAMI Standards Developer Awards are now open. Each year, AAMI awards up to five individuals for major contributions to the development or revision of a specific AAMI standard or international (ISO or IEC) standard under development by an international committee or subcommittee administered by AAMI, or for ongoing contributions or service toward advances in standards development.

Ochsner Medical Center cuts infection rate by 49% in 90 days
Jefferson, LA-based Ochsner Medical Center reduced its overall infection rate by 49 percent in 90 days after incorporating ultraviolet-light room disinfection into its cleaning protocols.

Heroin vaccine blocks drug’s addictive effects in preclinical trials
Researchers with the U.S. Military HIV Research Program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an arm of the National Institutes of Health, have developed a vaccine that blocks the addictive effects of heroin and other opioids, according to a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.


Issue 50 – 12/19
First U.S. baby born following uterus transplant
For the first time in the U.S., a woman born without a uterus gave birth after receiving a uterus transplant. The birth took place at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. The new mother is a participant in the hospital’s uterus transplant clinical trial.

MolecuLight i:X wound assessment tool available in Europe
Most wound assessment happens visually, usually without being able to spot bacterial loads. Swabs can identify bacteria, but that can be problematic, as well.

Nanotexturing Creates Bacteria-Killing Spikes on Stainless Steel Surfaces
Researchers at Georgia Tech used an electrochemical etching process on stainless steel to create a nanotextured surface that kills bacteria but is safe for mammalian cells. While further study is needed, researchers believe that tiny spikes created on the metal surface puncture bacterial membranes, killing the bugs.

Cleaning your home environment: Steps to take if someone in your house is sick
People are more susceptible to illness during the fall and winter months because more time is spent indoors, often with sick household members. This creates an environment for germs, especially when people are coughing, sneezing, and have runny noses and fevers.

Wearable sensor measures multiple biomarkers from sweat
Researchers from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and a Swiss company called Xsensio presented a new sweat sensor capable of detecting a number of chemical biomarkers, as well as the pH level of the sweat and temperature of the skin.

New Beyond Clean episode available now
This week on Beyond Clean, the free podcast for SPD and CS professionals, hosts Hank and Justin are joined by Michael Matthews, manager of central sterile at Baptist Health in Arkansas, who is now an administrator and co-host. This episode features a roundtable discussion looking back at 2017, budgeting for instruments, and dealing with fast-paced changes in sterile processing.


Issue 49 – 12/12
Scientists create 3D printer in using living bacteria
Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a biocompatible ink for 3D printing using living bacteria, making it possible to print miniature biochemical factories with certain properties, depending on which species of bacteria scientists put in the ink. The research team used Pseudomonas putida and Acetobacter xylinum in their work.

Infection Control Today offers hand hygiene guidebook
The Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring Guidebook is available now as a free download from the Infection Control Today website. The guidebook provides tips for compliance monitoring in healthcare facilities, handwashing statistics, cost analysis of monitoring systems, and more.

New minimal access surgery robot on the horizon
Cambridge Medical Robotics (CMR) is working to make minimal access surgery available to anyone who needs it by creating a surgical robot that is smaller, more affordable, and less complex than other robots on the market.

4 steps to ensure your antimicrobial stewardship program is evidence-based
Each year, antimicrobial resistant infections cause more than 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most deaths related to antibiotic resistance occur in healthcare settings, leaving hospitals susceptible to the costs, readmissions, and potential legal liability.

Coating compound kills pathogens with light
At the recent Med in Ireland event in Dublin, Kastus showcased their Log4+ surface coating technology. The coating is made of titanium dioxide with fluorine and copper, which results in powerful antimicrobial properties that are greatly enhanced when light hits surfaces covered in the material.

New Beyond Clean episode available now
This week’s guest on Beyond Clean, the free podcast for SPD and CS professionals, is Dr. Peter Nichol, pediatric surgeon and chief medical officer of MedAware Systems Inc. Dr. Nichol discusses tray optimization and waste reduction.


Issue 48 – 12/5
SureWash uses computer to teach and verify proper hand washing
Recently at Med in Ireland, Ireland’s largest medical technologies event, SureWash exhibited their hand washing system that both teaches and verifies proper hand washing techniques of clinical staff, patients, and visitors. The goal of the system is to prevent the spread of infections within clinical facilities.

Decontamination begins in the OR
Nancy Chobin, RN, AAS, ACSP, CSPM, CFER, was recently asked for advice on how to effectively convey to operating room staff the importance of keeping instruments wet prior to decontamination.

Operationalizing the IFU statement related to processing vendor sets
A sterile processing professional asked Nancy Chobin, RN, AAS, ACSP, CSPM, CFER, for tips on how to follow IFUs successfully with respect to vendor sets.

Prions discovered in skin of CJD patients
Scientists at Case Western University School of Medicine have found prions (misfolded proteins that cause rare, always-fatal brain disease) in the skin of 23 patients who died from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The disease is usually diagnosed with difficult procedures such as brain biopsies or autopsies, but this discovery may help improve detection of CJD and other prion diseases.

Swedish company 3D prints body parts
Swedish company Cellink is a world leader in bioprinting, which is the 3D printing of biological tissue and organs using materials that incorporate viable living cells. Cellink was the first company to sell standardized inks suitable for mixing with any cell type.

Getinge launches 360 degrees photo and video tool
Getinge’s new 360 degrees tool displays the Experience Center in Rastatt, Germany, providing users with a virtual tour of the center.

Getinge launches 360 degrees photo and video tool
Getinge’s new 360 degrees tool displays the Experience Center in Rastatt, Germany, providing users with a virtual tour of the center.