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NewSplash Archive – February 2018

Issue 9 – 2/27

Alzheimer’s proteins may spread via surgical instruments
A recent study conducted by a team at the University College London concluded that surgical instruments used in brain surgeries may need to be cleaned more thoroughly because they could be spreading proteins linked to Alzheimer’s disease. While there is no evidence yet that the transmission of proteins from one person to another can cause Alzheimer’s disease, a study of eight people suggests that unclean instruments can lead to a rare and potentially fatal brain bleeding disorder.

Teams of drones could transport wounded soldiers off the battlefield
The men and women of our Armed Forces face great harm on the battlefield, making treating wounded soldiers and getting them off the battlefield as rapidly as possible a top priority. Researchers at Georgia Tech are investigating how medics and stretchers could be replaced by a team of drones that would work together to transport wounded soldiers or remove civilians from disaster areas.

IAHCSMM to offer endoscope workshop preconference event
The 2018 IAHCSMM Endoscope Workshop is offered as a preconference event on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Two sessions worth 5 CEs are available: the morning session runs from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and the afternoon session runs from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

AAMI to hold ST90 webinar
On March 6, 2018, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST, AAMI will host a webinar for “ST90: Quality Management Systems for Reprocessing in Health Care Facilities.” This webinar will provide a framework for sterile processing departments to reduce errors stemming from increasingly complex devices and procedures, demanding workloads, and patient expectations.

NnBU raising funds to develop first-of-its-kind medical device
NnBU Holdings is developing the world’s first blockchain-based medical device to help deliver healthy outcomes for babies born via Caesarean sections. The neonatal birth unit will be used to massage the torso of a C-section newborn and simulate the positive stresses of natural birth.

New power source inspired by electric eel
Batteries used inside the body to power medical devices such as pacemakers and drug delivery pumps are rigid, full of toxic materials, and require replacement surgery, limiting their performance and expanded use. Researchers at the University of Fribourg, University of Michigan, and the University of California San Diego have developed a flexible, biocompatible power source inspired by the electric eel.

Watch OR Today’s free ultrasonic cavitation webinar
On Thursday, February 15, OR Today presented “A Cavitating Experience: Ultrasonic Cavitation Webinar for More Than SPD Professionals.” This free, one-hour webinar explained the role of ultrasonic cavitation in the cleaning process; the significance of cleaning before, during, and after cavitation; provided clarity on the newly released da Vinci robotic IFUs; and discussed the new AAMI ST79 guidelines regarding point-of-use, ultrasonic cleaning, and cleaning verification.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
This week’s guest on Beyond Clean is Sara Freiberg, clinical education account manager with Northfield Medical. Sara has experience as a clinical specialist, product manager, and as clinical education manager for medical device companies.

 

Issue 8 – 2/20

New malleable electronic skin is self-healing and recyclable
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a new type of malleable, self-healing, and recyclable electronic skin, known as e-skin. The skin is a thin, translucent material that can mimic the function and mechanical properties of human skin.

IAHCSMM to offer endoscope workshop preconference event
The 2018 IAHCSMM Endoscope Workshop is offered as a preconference event on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Two sessions worth 5 CEs are available: the morning session runs from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and the afternoon session runs from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Scientists program nanorobots to shrink tumors by cutting off their blood supply
In a major advancement in nanomedicine, Arizona State University scientists and researchers from the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have successfully programmed nanorobots to shrink tumors by cutting off their blood supply.

New blood test helps evaluate concussion in adults
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently permitted marketing of the first blood test to evaluate mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), commonly referred to as concussion, in adults. The FDA reviewed and authorized for marketing the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator in fewer than 6 months as part of its Breakthrough Devices Program.

New edition of Sterile Processing in Healthcare Facilities now available
AAMI recently published Sterile Processing in Healthcare Facilities: Preparing for Accreditation Surveys, 3rd Edition by Rose Seavey. The book helps SPD staff prepare for accreditation surveys, maintain compliance with accreditation requirements as they relate to sterile processing.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
This week’s guest on Beyond Clean is Nestor Hernandez, SPD manager at Lehigh Valley Health Network. Nestor speaks at regional IAHCSMM seminars and has developed a precertification course.

 

Issue 7 – 2/13

SensOR returns feeling to surgeons
Minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedures are on the rise, changing the surgical landscape. These benefits of these procedures to patients include less trauma, less bleeding, reduced pain and use of narcotics, and a shorter hospital stay.

Smartphone attachment reads 5 vital signs
Motorola and Vital have released the Vital Moto Mod, a device that connects to Motorola smartphones and monitors multiple vital signs via a simple app on the phone. Vital Moto Mod measures heart rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygen saturation (SpO2), temperature, and blood pressure from your finger.

OR Today to present free ultrasonic cavitation webinar
On Thursday, February 15, at 2:00 p.m. ET, OR Today will present “A Cavitating Experience: Ultrasonic Cavitation Webinar for More Than SPD Professionals.” This free, one-hour webinar will explain the role of ultrasonic cavitation in the cleaning process; the significance of cleaning before, during, and after cavitation; provide clarity on the newly released da Vinci robotic IFUs; and discuss the new AAMI ST79 guidelines regarding point-of-use, ultrasonic cleaning, and cleaning verification.

Scientists create functioning kidney tissue
Scientists from The University of Manchester have successfully produced human kidney tissue within a living organism, which is able to produce urine. The tissue was generated from human embryonic stem cells grown in laboratory culture dishes containing a nutrient broth consisting of molecules to promote kidney development.

Breathable, wearable electronics for long-term health monitoring
Scientists at the University of Tokyo have developed breathable, tattoo-like, hypoallergenic on-skin electronic sensor. The electronics have been worn by volunteers for up to a week and they report that they don’t feel the sensor on their skin.

Central sleep apnea sufferers have a new remede
Minnetonka, MA-based Respicardia recently announced the first U.S. commercial case using their remede System to treat central sleep apnea at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Central sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder that disrupts the normal breathing pattern during sleep and negatively affects quality of life and cardiovascular health.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
This week’s guest on Beyond Clean is Ralph J. Basile, vice president of marketing and regulatory affairs at Healthmark Industries. He is a member of AAMI Sterilization Standards Committee, a U.S. delegate to ISO/TC198 WG12 & WG13, and a member of several ASTM committees related to medical devices.

 

Issue 6 – 2/6

Instrument milk: Surgical instruments require proper maintenance
Nancy Chobin, RN, AAS, ACSP, CSPM, CFER, recently answered the question below for Infection Control Today.

New glove system doubles down on safety
Double gloving, or wearing two pairs of gloves, is common in medicine, especially among surgeons that work with sharp instruments. Donning a second pair of gloves can be clumsy and time-consuming.

OR Today to present free ultrasonic cavitation webinar
On Thursday, February 15, at 2:00 p.m. ET, OR Today will present “A Cavitating Experience: Ultrasonic Cavitation Webinar for More Than SPD Professionals.” This free, one-hour webinar will explain the role of ultrasonic cavitation in the cleaning process; the significance of cleaning before, during, and after cavitation; provide clarity on the newly released da Vinci robotic IFUs; and discuss the new AAMI ST79 guidelines regarding point-of-use, ultrasonic cleaning, and cleaning verification.

Google using big data to predict medical outcomes
Top artificial intelligence (AI) researchers at Google are trying to predict your medical outcome as soon as you’re admitted to the hospital. A recent research paper that was not peer reviewed claims better accuracy than existing software at predicting outcomes, such as whether a patient will die in the hospital, be discharged and readmitted, and the final diagnosis.

Miniature origami-inspired robot combines micrometer precision with high speed
Delta robots are fast, precision machines used in industrial processes such as pick-and-place assemblies, machining, welding, and food packaging. These robots have been miniaturized to complete tasks in limited workspaces, but further reducing their size to the millimeter scale has proven difficult.

Becker’s Hospital Review offers whitepaper to help providers navigate complex stroke decisions
Strokes occur with frightening frequency in the U.S. Telemedicine providers need a fast, easy-to-use diagnostic process to improve patient outcomes by increasing access to the most appropriate brain-saving procedures. Becker’s Hospital Review has published a whitepaper to help readers learn why quick decision-making is imperative to effective stroke care; how specialized practitioners can help hospitals preserve more of a stroke patient’s brain; and how allowing remote neurologists to assist in the diagnostic process can help improve patient care.

New Beyond Clean episode now available
This week, the folks at Beyond Clean speak with David Anbari, chief executive officer of Mobile Instrument Service and Repair. This week’s topics include a discussion of the history of third-party instrument repair, the right to repair debate, and the Association of Medical Device Service Organizations.