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NewSplash Archive – January 2018

Issue 5 – 1/30

New Sterilization Straight Talk column debuts in Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
The January/February 2018 issue of Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology magazine, a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), marks the debut of the Sterilization Straight Talk column by W. Hank Balch. The column will focus on sterilization and sterilization-related topics.

New gel could help fight drug-resistant superbugs
In human skin samples and mice, a new antibacterial ointment completely cleared wounds of MRSA (the Staphylococcus aureus strain that is resistant to methicillin and other antibiotics) and antibiotic-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii. These microbes cause serious infections in hospital patients.

IAHCSMM to conduct preconference Educators Forum
IAHCSMM will present the Educators Forum preconference event at their 2018 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo. The event aimed at those looking to enhance their teaching skills or who face day-to-day training struggles and would like to improve their educator skill set.

Augmented reality system displays patients’ internal anatomy directly on the body
Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed an augmented reality system that projects medical images, such as CT scans and MRI data, to be displayed directly on the patient’s body in a way that moves as the patient does. The technology, called ProjectDR, includes a motion-tracking system using infrared cameras and markers on the patient’s body, as well as a projector to display the images.

Nanoparticle vaccine offers universal protection against influenza A viruses
Researchers have developed a universal vaccine to combat influenza A viruses. According to a study led by Georgia State University, the vaccine produces long-lasting immunity in mice and protects them against the limitations of seasonal flu vaccines.

Discovery may advance neural stem cell treatments for brain disorders
Research from Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) describes how an mRNA modification impacts the life of neural stem cells (NSCs). The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, reveals a novel gene regulatory system that may advance stem cell therapies and gene-targeting treatments for neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and mental health disorders that affect cognitive abilities.

Electronic noses sniffs out soft tissue infections
Diagnoses for skin and soft tissue infections are usually based on bacterial cultures, but in uncomplicated cases the diagnosis may be made directly based on the clinical presentation of the disease. This can lead to empirical antibiotic treatments (i.e., treatments without a specific diagnosis), which may result in longer treatment times, adverse effects, and increased costs.

New Beyond Clean episode now available
This week’s guest on Beyond Clean is David Taylor, president of Resolute Advisory Group, LLC. David has provided services to clients with various nursing, perioperative, ancillary service line, and business development needs for more than 30 years. This episode’s topics include confronting the challenge of OR/SPD collaboration and a preview of the OR Today Live! conference.

 

Issue 4 – 1/23

The Joint Commission releases 2018 Hospital Compliance Assessment Checklist
The 2018 Hospital Compliance Assessment Checklist is now available from The Joint Commission. The checklist is a self-assessment workbook designed to help hospitals maintain standards compliance and survey readiness.

FDA and DoD to expedite availability of medical products for emergency care of American military personnel
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Office of Health Affairs announced the launch of a joint program to prioritize the efficient development of safe and effective medical products intended to save the lives of American military personnel.

Turning any room into an OR
According to a 2015 study in The Lancet, approximately 5 billion people don’t have access to clean, safe surgical care. It can be particularly difficult to find a properly equipped OR in remote areas and developing nations, but MIT graduate student Sally Miller hopes to change that with SurgiBox, a personal-sized OR.

Sterile processing consulting
Are you looking to improve the performance of your SPD and bring out the best in your OR and hospital? Perhaps you want some training to ensure a successful accreditation survey?

New research approach could accelerate drug discovery
Many drugs work by inhibiting protein enzymes associated with a particular disease, but the same drugs can inhibit protein enzymes unrelated to the disease, resulting in harmful side effects. One potential solution is to better identify structural features that determine a protein enzyme’s function.

Breakthrough enables screening millions of human antibodies for new drug discovery
A recently published paper in Nature Biotechnology outlines a pioneering method of screening a person’s diverse set of antibodies for rapid therapeutic discovery. Antibody proteins are an important part of the human immune system that specifically target foreign viruses and bacteria, and they have been the fastest-growing class of approved drugs in the past several decades.

New Beyond Clean episode now available
This week’s guest on Beyond Clean is Rene Vis, product manager at Steelco Benelux B.V. Rene has been involved in the decontamination of medical devices for more than 30 years. He is a member of the National Standardization Institute The Netherlands NEN.

 

Issue 3 – 1/16

Engineers grow functioning human muscle from skin cells
Duke University biomedical engineers have grown the first functioning human skeletal muscle from induced pluripotent stem cells. The ability to start from cellular scratch using nonmuscle tissue will allow scientists to grow far more muscle cells, provide an easier path to genome editing and cellular therapies, and develop individually tailored models of rare muscle diseases for drug discovery and basic biology studies.

Advice on qualification testing after sterilizer installation
Nancy Chobin, RN, AAS, ACSP, CSPM, CFER, recently answered the question below for Infection Control Today.

Become a CRCST
Ashworth College offers a sterile processing technician online course that teaches students about the duties of a sterile processing technician, aseptic procedures, HIPAA regulations, and proper decontamination, sterilization, and packaging techniques. The 4-month course prepares students to take the IAHCSMM Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam.

3D printing creates super-soft structures that replicate brain and lungs
Researchers at Imperial College London have developed a new 3D printing technique that allows them to create biological structures, which could be used for tissue regeneration and organ replication. This is the first time researchers were able to 3D print structures that are soft enough to mimic the mechanical properties of organs such as the brain and lungs.

Lab-grown kidney helps test new drugs
Engineers at Draper have developed a 3D kidney on a chip from human cells that mimics features of a full-sized kidney. By reproducing 96 of these kidneys in a device called PREDICT-96, Draper hopes to give scientists a better model to study the effects of disease and discover new therapeutics for the kidney and other organs.

FDA approves first treatment for breast cancer with certain inherited genetic mutation
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Lynparza (olaparib tablets) to include the treatment of patients with certain types of breast cancer that have metastasized and whose tumors have a specific inherited genetic mutation. This is the first drug in its class (PARP inhibitor) approved to treat breast cancer, and it is the first time any drug has been approved to treat certain patients with metastatic breast cancer who have a BRCA gene mutation.

New Beyond Clean episode now available
The guest on this week’s episode of Beyond Clean is Jay Hardingham, founder of SPD Rentals. Topics for this episode include sterilization container rentals and practical implications of container rental/conversions.

 

Issue 2 – 1/9

PENTAX Medical announces launch of first FDA-cleared HD duodenoscope with disposable distal cap
PENTAX Medical recently announced the U.S. launch of its new C.A.P. HD Duodenoscope, the first FDA-cleared duodenoscope with a disposable distal cap. Duodenoscopes are used during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), which is a procedure that uses a combination of video endoscopy and fluoroscopic imaging to diagnose and treat conditions associated with the pancreaticobiliary system.

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.

FDA bars use of 24 ingredients in soaps and antiseptic washes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule barring the use of 24 active ingredients from over-the-counter hand soaps and antiseptic washes used in healthcare settings. The FDA determines that the 24 ingredients are not generally recognized as safe and effective and are no longer appropriate for over-the-counter use.

Nanowire device detects cancer with urine test
Researchers at Nagoya University in Japan have developed a nanowire-based novel medical device that can capture microRNA in urine, which might provide a way of detecting certain cancers, such as bladder and prostate cancer. The device consists of zinc oxide nanowire affixed to a specialized polymer to capture extracellular vesicles, which harbor microRNAs.

Brain on a chip tests effects of biological and chemical agents
Scientists and engineers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a brain-on-a-chip device aimed at testing the effects of biological and chemical agents, disease, and pharmaceutical drugs on the brain over time without the need for human or animal subjects. The device could help scientists understand how brain cells connect and interact, combat brain disorders, determine the effects of chemical and biological exposure, and develop antidotes to counteract those effects.

Woman uses prosthetic hand with sense of touch in everyday life
Scientists in Rome have unveiled the first prosthetic hand with a sense of touch that can be worn outside of a laboratory. Previous versions of the hand required computer equipment that was too large to make it portable, but advances in technology have made the equipment small enough to fit in a backpack.

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

IAHCSMM issues call for posters
Are you feeling creative? Do you have valuable information you would like to share with other CS professionals? IAHCSMM invites you to submit a poster presentation for the IAHCSMM Annual Conference and Expo.

AAMI releases first-ever standard for quality management systems for device processing
AAMI recently released the ANSI/AAMI ST90:2017 Processing of health care products—Quality management systems of reprocessing in health care facilities. The 50-page document specifies minimum requirements for quality management systems (QMSs) to effectively, efficiently, and consistently process (transport, clean, decontaminate, disinfect, inspect, package, sterilize, and store) medical devices to prevent adverse patient events and nonmanufacturer-related device failures.

New Beyond Clean episode now up
Beyond Clean, the free podcast for SPD and CS professionals, is back with Pawel de Sternberg Stojalowski, managing director R&D engineer and consultant for decontamination of medical devices at Aseptium. Topics for this episode include decontamination disruption, and virtual and augmented reality applications.

 

Issue 1 – 1/2

Happy New Year from everyone at Ultra Clean Systems!
We trust everyone had a nice, relaxing, and safe holiday season and that you are ready to begin 2018 relaxed and refreshed. We look forward to our second year of publishing NewSplash. Thank you all for your continued support.

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

IAHCSMM issues call for posters
Are you feeling creative? Do you have valuable information you would like to share with other CS professionals? IAHCSMM invites you to submit a poster presentation for the IAHCSMM Annual Conference and Expo.

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.

AAMI releases first-ever standard for quality management systems for device processing
AAMI recently released the ANSI/AAMI ST90:2017 Processing of health care producs—Quality management systems of reprocessing in health care facilities. The 50-page document specifies minumum requirements for quality management systems (QMSs) to effectively, efficiently, and consistently process (transport, clean, decontaminate, disinfect, inspect, package, sterilize, and store) medical devices to prevent adverse patient events and nonmanufacturer-related device failures.