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NewSplash Archive – February 2020

Issue 8 – 2/25

Monitoring the Cleaning Process in Sterile Processing Departments by Linda Condon
Believe it or not, there was a time when the only quality testing hospitals performed in the sterile processing department was running a biological indicator once a week in the steam sterilizers. But just monitoring the sterilization process is no longer acceptable. A good quality control program requires continuous monitoring of all cleaning and sterilization processes. Quality control should include checking the performance of the mechanical cleaning equipment, manual cleaning processes, and personnel, in addition to measuring soil reduction on medical devices. 

Scientists use artificial intelligence to discover new antibiotic compound
In a world first, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new type of antibiotic compound by using an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm. This is a major breakthrough in the battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Problems reprocessing duodenoscopes drives innovation by manufacturers
Duodenoscopes are complex medical devices consisting of flexible, lighted tubes that are threaded through the mouth, throat, and stomach to the top of the small intestine. Due in part to the complexity of their design, they have a reputation for being difficult to reprocess, leading to the potential risk for spreading infection.

CS technicians in Colorado may soon be required to hold certification
A Senate bill introduced in Colorado and backed by IAHCSMM would require central service technicians in the state to pass a nationally accredited central service exam and be certified as either a registered central service technician or a sterile processing and distribution technician.

APIC 2020 offers travel grants, educational scholarships
APIC is partnering with Diversey to offer 25 educational scholarships to attend APIC 2020. Scholarship recipients will receive a $1,000 card toward their expenses to attend the event, including travel, hotel accommodations, meals, and registration.

Register now for IAHCSMM 2020
Registration now for the 2020 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo in Chicago, IL. The conference runs from April 25–29, 2020.

IAHCSMM 2020 conference schedule published
IAHCSMM has published the conference program and sessions schedule for the IAHCSMM 2020 Annual Conference & Expo. There are three preconference sessions, which require separate registration and fees.

New Beyond Clean episode now available
Orthopedic screw caddies are commonly used in healthcare facilities. This week Beyond Clean welcomes Terry McAuley, director of STEAM Consulting Pty Ltd, to discuss the effects of repeated reprocessing on single-use screws in screw caddies. The Australian study discussed in this episode will shed some light on different perspectives on single-use, single-packaged implants.

 

Issue 7 – 2/18

Democratizing Passion in the Workplace by Sarah B. Cruz
The surgical day begins and ends with the central sterile processing department. Central sterile technicians begin their day where the previous shift has left off, and so ensues the hum of the department. We don’t really know how many trays we’ve inspected so far, how often we’ve answered the phone, or the number of times the washers have rung out. We all have the same question, though: when is lunch?

Microsure MUSA robot used to perform supermicrosurgery on real patients.
For the first time, clinicians used the Microsure MUSA robot to perform supermicrosurgeries on women with lymphedema, which resulted from breast cancer. The surgeries involved operating on vessels as small as 0.3 mm in diameter to connect lymphatic vessels to veins, which provide a drain for lymphatic fluids.

Nanoparticles created to eat plaque
Scientists from Michigan State and Stanford University have created a nanoparticle that eats plaque that causes heart attacks. The nanoparticle can be guided to eat plaque debris, hence stabilizing plaque.

World’s first portable MRI granted FDA clearance
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners are huge pieces of equipment that often require specially built rooms around them to ensure specific safety protocols are met. This means that patients have to be taken to an MRI machine. Until now.

Star Trek inspires new X-ray bed design
Israeli firm Nanox has developed a new type of medical imaging technology that was inspired by the biobed from Star Trek. The Arc’s new technology produces X-rays by pulsating electron beams instead of continuous radiation, resulting in a reduced size and cost of the machine, and less exposure to radiation for the patient.

APIC 2020 offers travel grants, educational scholarships
APIC is partnering with Diversey to offer 25 educational scholarships to attend APIC 2020. Scholarship recipients will receive a $1,000 card toward their expenses to attend the event, including travel, hotel accommodations, meals, and registration.

Register now for IAHCSMM 2020
Registration now for the 2020 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo in Chicago, IL. The conference runs from April 25–29, 2020.

IAHCSMM 2020 conference schedule published
IAHCSMM has published the conference program and sessions schedule for the IAHCSMM 2020 Annual Conference & Expo. There are three preconference sessions, which require separate registration and fees.

New Beyond Clean episode now available
This week, Beyond Clean welcomes internationally certified sterile processing educator Christina Fast. In 2011, Christina volunteered on the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest floating hospital. She visited a sterile processing department in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where healthcare workers who never received training were reprocessing surgical instruments. This experience led Christina to found the Sterile Processing Education Charitable Trust (SPECT), an organization that helps decrease the risk of surgical infections in resource-constrained countries. Don’t miss this episode.

 

Issue 6 – 2/11

Think Fast: What the Sterile Processing Industry Can Learn from a Fast Food Giant by Hank Balch
High turnover, low wages, and a competitive job market. Sound familiar? While this is a common scenario for a number of different industries in the United States, the two we’ll zero in on for this article are sterile processing and fast food. In particular, we’re going to take a look at the disruptive impact that higher compensation can have in local job markets, and make a case for leading the way in your region with competitive hospital compensation packages that keep your technicians happy and your surgeries churning.

Bandage changes color to identify infections
Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have invented a bandage that can detect and treat bacterial skin infections. The bandage changes color if a bacterial infection is present, and it also changes color to indicate if the bacteria is resistant to antibiotics.

Olympus announced FDA clearance of duodenoscope
Olympus announced that it received U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for it TJF-Q190V duodenoscope with a sterile, disposable distal endcap. This new generation of duodenoscope incorporates innovative features to improve the cleaning and reprocessing of the device to help reduce potential device contamination.

Device entertains to promote longer handwashing times
In an effort to improve restroom handwashing habits, upstart City Health Tech created a new device that encourages handwashing for at least 20 seconds by displaying entertaining videos on a 3D-printed monitor that is attached to faucets. While users wash their hands, the device collects data on users’ handwashing habits.

APIC 2020 offers travel grants, educational scholarships
APIC, in conjunction with Clorox Healthcare, is providing travel grants to five infection preventionists in underserved communities in the U.S. and regions hit by natural disasters to attend the APIC Annual Conference for the first time.

Register now for IAHCSMM 2020
Registration now for the 2020 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo in Chicago, IL. The conference runs from April 25–29, 2020.

IAHCSMM 2020 conference schedule published
IAHCSMM has published the conference program and sessions schedule for the IAHCSMM 2020 Annual Conference & Expo. There are three preconference sessions, which require separate registration and fees.

New Beyond Clean episode now available
Getting new hires in sterile processing up to speed has serious implications and the dangers of a poor onboarding process range from low job performance and satisfaction to patient harm. This week’s guest, William Bryant, discusses the topic of getting onboarding right and building it on a competency-based model.

 

Issue 5 – 2/4

It’s Not the Washer-Disinfector, It’s How You Use It: Critical Insight into Loading Patterns by Pawel de Sternberg Stojalowski
The validation or verification report of a washer-disinfector’s cleaning efficacy should clearly specify the test load. Modern cleaning machines are designed for the shortest possible cycle times to maximize instrument throughput. That need for speed leads to a situation where, in everyday use, even a relatively small difference in the way instruments are loaded may impact the result. It is therefore critical to think about the arrangement of instruments and accessories in the washer that reflect the type of load that is reprocessed on a daily basis. The closer we can simulate our regular load while testing, the more confident we can be about the final outcome.

Help Australia combat brushfires
The bushfires burning across Australia have dominated headlines around the world since the latter part of 2019. These fires have killed dozens of people (including three firefighters from the U.S.) and millions of animals, and leveled thousands of homes.

Antibiotic developers are struggling to stay in business, increasing risk of superbugs
Drugmakers are finding it increasingly difficult to develop antibiotics while staying in business, but antibiotic-resistant superbugs are an escalating threat in the U.S., according to The Wall Street Journal

Medtronic Micra AV receives FDA approval
Medtronic announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Micra AV, the world’s smallest pacemaker with atrioventricular (AV) synchrony. Micra AV is indicated for the treatment of patients with AV block, a condition in which the electrical signals between the chambers of the heart are impaired.

Antimicrobial film can combat foodborne illnesses
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 76 million cases of foodborne illnesses each year in the U.S., with 300,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths. The plastic wrapping used in much of our food packaging can harbor bacteria, such as Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli.

APIC 2020 offers travel grants, educational scholarships
APIC, in conjunction with Clorox Healthcare, is providing travel grants to five infection preventionists in underserved communities in the U.S. and regions hit by natural disasters to attend the APIC Annual Conference for the first time. Those selected will receive travel to APIC 2020, hotel accommodations, full conference registration, recognition at APIC 2020, and a special ribbon.

Register now for IAHCSMM 2020
Registration now for the 2020 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo in Chicago, IL. The conference runs from April 25–29, 2020.

IAHCSMM 2020 conference schedule published
IAHCSMM has published the conference program and sessions schedule for the IAHCSMM 2020 Annual Conference & Expo. There are three preconference sessions, which require separate registration and fees.

New Beyond Clean episode now available
Second shift sterile processing leader Sarah B. Cruz discusses the challenges shift leaders face to keep staff motivated and focused on department goals. Sarah provides a detailed account of how she keeps her department informed and motivated to set them up for success.