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NewSplash Archive – December 2018

Issue 52 – 12/26

Some speculums can have iodine stains on them. Is that okay?
A: Yes. During procedures, an iodine-based solution is used, which can stain insulated speculums but causes no harm.

Q: Does sterilization dull a scissor? (See next issue.)

All of us at Ultra Clean Systems and NewSplash wish you and your family a happy, joyful, and safe holiday season. We will see you in 2019.

The archives await
Did you know that Ultra Clean Systems maintains an archive of all issues of NewSplash, all the way back to our very first issue? Our archive is easy to use and separated by month and year for simple navigation. If you’re a new or recent subscriber, you will definitely want to check it out.

NewSplash 2018 in review
As 2018 nears its end, so does our second year of publishing NewSplash. It has been our pleasure compiling leading news articles of particular interest to SPD and CS professionals. Let’s review some of the top news stories and trends from 2018.

Goodbye Communiqué, hello PROCESS
Readers of IAHCSMM’s Communiqué magazine are in for a surprise. IAHCSMM has bid farewell to the name Communiqué. Beginning with the January/February 2019 issue, PROCESS will be the new title for the magazine.

IAHCSMM 2019 registration is now open
Early bird registration for IAHCSMM 2019 Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA, is open through December 31. The conference runs from April 27 to May 1, 2019, and attendees who register before January 1, 2019, save up to $300.

IAHCSMM 2019 conference schedule published
IAHCSMM recently published the conference program and sessions schedule for the IAHCSMM 2019 Annual Conference & Expo. There are also three preconference sessions. Seating is limited and separate fees apply.

IAHCSMM accepting awards nominations
The IAHCSMM Awards Program honors those who demonstrate excellence in patient safety. The awards program pays tribute to CS/SP professionals’ contributions and successes, and their commitment to delivering safe, high-quality service to patients every day.

IAHCSMM issues call for posters
Have you learned something that can benefit other CS professionals? Do you have a creative streak? If so, IAHCSMM invites you to submit a poster presentation for the 2019 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo.

 

Issue 51 – 12/19

Can cracked box locks be welded/repaired?
A: No. Cracked box locks must never be welded/repaired. This practice will result in an unstable instrument that may crack/rust and cause patient safety issues. The instrument should be sent out for warranty replacement or be replaced. (p. 87)

Q: Some speculums can have iodine stains on them. Is that okay? (See next issue.)

A Proactive Approach to Surgical Instrument Stains by Sara Freiberg
German-made stainless steel surgical instruments are made from 300 or 400 series steel. During the manufacturing process, instruments go through multiple steps prior to the finished product. Manufacturing begins with forging, aprocess for shaping the metal parts by applying pressure to the metal in either a hot or cold state, and through hand or hammer forgings. After acrude shape impression is forged, excess material is trimmed to give a more desirable shape to the instrument. Removing excess material allows the manufacturer to create a variety of features on the instrument, such as serrations, ratchets, male and female box cuttings, and various types of grooves, all of which create the instrument’s unique patterns.

AAMI training and professional development resources
AAMI offers a number resources to help healthcare technology and sterilization professionals advance their careers.

CMR Surgical and Nicholson Center launch Versius robotic surgical system in U.S.
British company CMR Surgical has teamed with Florida-based Nicholson Center to launch the first U.S.-based training program for Versius, a portable, transportable robotic surgery platform. Versius has a compact, modular design and individually cart-mounted arms, allowing it to be moved between ORs and even hospitals.

AAMI seeks nominations for awards
Each year the medical technology community recognizes leaders and innovators whose efforts have moved the industry forward. AAMI invites you to nominate yourself or leaders in the industry.

Hologic launches three-in-one Omni hysteroscope
Hologic launched its three-in-one Omni hysteroscope, a modular scope with advanced visualization capabilities designed for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Physicians can use the Omni in their offices, surgery centers, and ORs.

IAHCSMM 2019 registration is now open
Early bird registration for IAHCSMM 2019 Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA, is open through December 31. The conference runs from April 27 to May 1, 2019, and attendees who register before January 1, 2019, save up to $300.

IAHCSMM 2019 conference schedule published
IAHCSMM recently published the conference program and sessions schedule for the IAHCSMM 2019 Annual Conference & Expo. There are also three preconference sessions. Seating is limited and separate fees apply.

IAHCSMM accepting awards nominations
The IAHCSMM Awards Program honors those who demonstrate excellence in patient safety. The awards program pays tribute to CS/SP professionals’ contributions and successes, and their commitment to delivering safe, high-quality service to patients every day.

IAHCSMM issues call for posters
Have you learned something that can benefit other CS professionals? Do you have a creative streak? If so, IAHCSMM invites you to submit a poster presentation for the 2019 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo.

 

Issue 50 – 12/11

Should a central service technician tighten a scissor screw? 
A: A CS technician should NEVER tighten a scissor screw. There is a proper technique for securing a screw in a scissor. When CS technicians discover a loose screw, they should immediately give it to a repair vendor for proper repair. (p. 16)

Q: Can cracked box locks be welded/repaired? (See next issue.)

Healthcare Starts with Self-Care: Taking Care of Your Sterile Processing People by Hank Balch
I spent a few hours of my birthday this year lying on a bed in an emergency room with unexplainable chest pains, dizziness, and blood pressure that was through the roof. I had just returned from a multisite consulting project focused on sterile processing compliance and efficiency, and was preparing for another busy week in the home office with phone calls, podcast recordings, and various writing projects, among a host of other things. In short, it was a normal week, whatever normal means these days.

Hand hygiene in 2018: 10 findings
The Joint Commission identifies hand hygiene as the most important intervention for preventing healthcare-associated infections.

Study shows healthcare-associated infections are declining
In a recent study, researchers found that rates of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) declined between 2011 and 2015. For the study, the researchers surveyed nearly 200 hospitals and about 12,000 patients across the country for both years, reviewing medical records for instances of HAIs.

Seattle woman killed by brain-eating amoebas
A 69-year-old Seattle woman died after her brain was infected by amoebas, likely via the tap water she used to fill a neti pot. Doctors reiterated a warning to neti pot users to fill their pots with saline or sterilized water only.

IAHCSMM 2019 registration is now open
Early bird registration for IAHCSMM 2019 Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA, is open through December 31. The conference runs from April 27 to May 1, 2019, and attendees who register before January 1, 2019, save up to $300.

IAHCSMM 2019 conference schedule published
IAHCSMM recently published the conference program and sessions schedule for the IAHCSMM 2019 Annual Conference & Expo. There are also three preconference sessions. Seating is limited and separate fees apply.

IAHCSMM accepting awards nominations
The IAHCSMM Awards Program honors those who demonstrate excellence in patient safety. The awards program pays tribute to CS/SP professionals’ contributions and successes, and their commitment to delivering safe, high-quality service to patients every day.

IAHCSMM issues call for posters
Have you learned something that can benefit other CS professionals? Do you have a creative streak? If so, IAHCSMM invites you to submit a poster presentation for the 2019 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo.

 

Issue 49 – 12/4

What do black handles on a needle holder indicate?
A: Black handles on a needle holder indicate diamond dust jaws. These jaws allow grasping of very fine needles. (p. 48)

Q: Should a central service technician tighten a scissor screw? (See next issue.)

Mission: Possible scholarship recipient roundup: Dave Swory
Dave Swory’s 28-plus-year career in the medical field started when he joined the United States Air Force as a surgical services specialist. He spent the better part of his 20+ years in the Air Force working in the operating room as a certified surgical technologist and orthopedic specialty technician, as well as managing several sterile processing departments.

We’ve Always Done It This Way by Sara Freiberg
One of the most dangerous phrases in business is “we’ve always done it this way,” and this phrase extends to healthcare, as well. Organizational routines are patterns of behaviour that are followed repeatedly, but are subject to change if conditions change.

Disinfection protocols reduce transmission of S. aureus in the OR
Researchers at the University of Iowa studied the correlation between the adherence of proven hand hygiene protocols and patient decolonization to help control the transmission of Staphylococcus aureus in the OR. The team collected S. aureus isolates from three academic medical centers and analyzed them.

Soil ingredient degrade CWD prions and reduce infectivity
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a fatal prion disease affecting white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, and reindeer. It is environmentally transmitted via alimentary secretions, blood, and decomposing infected carcasses, and can reside for several years in soil in laboratory conditions.

IAHCSMM 2019 registration is now open
Early bird registration for IAHCSMM 2019 Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA, is open through December 31. The conference runs from April 27 to May 1, 2019, and attendees who register before January 1, 2019, save up to $300.

IAHCSMM 2019 conference schedule published
IAHCSMM recently published the conference program and sessions schedule for the IAHCSMM 2019 Annual Conference & Expo. There are also three preconference sessions. Seating is limited and separate fees apply.

IAHCSMM accepting awards nominations
The IAHCSMM Awards Program honors those who demonstrate excellence in patient safety. The awards program pays tribute to CS/SP professionals’ contributions and successes, and their commitment to delivering safe, high-quality service to patients every day.

IAHCSMM issues call for posters
Have you learned something that can benefit other CS professionals? Do you have a creative streak? If so, IAHCSMM invites you to submit a poster presentation for the 2019 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo.