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NewSplash Archive – January 2019

Issue 5 – 1/29

Is it true that some cardiac scissors may need sharpening a few times per month?
A: Yes. These delicate scissors perform precise dissections and require a flawless edge with every use. (p. 159)

Q: Should Kerrisons be kept in a rack? (See next issue.)

Heat, Fuel, and Oxidizer Triangle: A Recipe for Disaster by Sara Freiberg
In the 16 years that I worked in the operating room, I witnessed one small fire and one potential fire. The potential incident occurred when a resident removed an endoscope from an illuminated fiberoptic light cord and placed the illuminated cord directly on the patient drape. I turned and looked down to see a small heat ring forming on the drape. I immediately removed the cord, had the light source shut off, and shared with the resident the importance of always asking the circulator to shut off the light source off prior to disconnecting the scope and placing the cord in a safe area to cool. The resident was shocked and admitted he was never told this could occur.

Sign Up Now Campaign to begin in February
Throughout the months of February, March, and April, NewSplash is holding a Sign Up Now Campaign. Encourage your team to sign up for NewSplash between February 1 and April 30 and you and those you refer will be automatically entered into a drawing to receive a $100 gift card given away monthly (one card per month from February, March, and April).

Scientists develop microrobots that can adapt to their surroundings
Scientists at EPFL and ETH Zurich have developed microrobots that are capable of changing their shape depending on their surroundings. The tiny elastic robots are modeled after bacteria and are fully biocompatible.

New skin test detects prion infection
Prions infect animals and humans and usually go undetected as they ravage brain tissue and cause memory loss, mobility issues, and ultimately death. In humans, prions cause progressive neurodegenerative disorders, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).

IAHCSMM and Envision, Inc. offer educational DVDs, CE units
IAHCSMM has partnered with Envision, Inc. to produce a series of staff education DVDs that are packed with hands-on tips, practical examples, and helpful insights critical to any central sterile services department. The 19-part series provides visual demonstrations by real CS and OR professionals as they reveal proper protocols for cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing medical instruments.

IAHCSMM 2019 conference details
Register now for IAHCSMM 2019 Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA. The conference runs from April 27 to May 1, 2019.

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.

New Beyond Clean episode is live
Phil Sayles, founder and president of Summate Technologies, joins the hosts of Beyond Clean to discuss the coming digitization of surgical implant management and what it means for vendors, supply chain, sterile processing, and perioperative staff. Tune in and be sure to complete the exam for CE credit.

 

Issue 4 – 1/22

If the jaws of a hemostat don’t meet, can they be repaired?
A: Yes. If the jaws of a hemostat are out of alignment, it can be sent out for repair. This is a common repair to hemostats. (p. 88)

Q: Is it true that some cardiac scissors may need sharpening a few times per month? (See next issue.)

SPD Safety Shouldn’t Be a Near Miss: Why Incident Reporting of Sharps Matters to Everyone by Hank Balch
Imagine the sheer weight of fire and brimstone that would rain down upon a sterile processing department that mistakenly left a blade in a #3 knife handle inside a tray that was sterilized and made its way back into the operating room. Now imagine if that blade punctured the hand of your chief neurosurgeon, or almost did.

TransEnterix received FDA 510(k) clearance for robotic Senhance Ultrasonic System
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted clearance to TransEnterix for their new Senhance Ultrasonic System, making it the first new abdominal robotic surgery platform to receive FDA clearance since 2000.

Petition to FDA seeks to prohibit reprocessing pedicle screws
Aakash Agarwal, University of Toledo adjunct professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Orthopedic Surgery, filed an official citizen petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling for a ban on the reprocessing of pedicle screws in the U.S. The petition has been formally accepted by the FDA for review, a process that can take more than a year.

Ultraviolet disinfection eliminates up to 97.7% of pathogens in ORs
According to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, using ultraviolet disinfection technology to reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections eliminated up to 97.7% of pathogens in operating rooms.

IAHCSMM 2019 conference details
Register now for IAHCSMM 2019 Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA. The conference runs from April 27 to May 1, 2019.

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.

NewBeyond Clean episode is live
This week, the hosts of Beyond Clean speak with Andy Petrovich about how technology is being used to drive real-world compliance in SPDs.Tune in and complete the exam for CE credit and a chance to win free sterile processing resources.

 

Issue 3 – 1/15

Where are the most difficult areas to clean on a laparoscopic instrument?
A: The most challenging areas to clean are the jaws and distal working portion (linkage). This is where blood and fluids can hide. Manual cleaning and the use of an ultrasonic irrigator will assist in cleaning these areas. (p. 68)

Q: If the jaws of a hemostat don’t meet, can they be repaired? (See next issue.)

Do You Work with a Healthcare Traveler? by Sara Freiberg
Operating room nurses, surgical technologists, sterile processing technicians, and physician assistants are just a few professionals who work as healthcare travelers. In the medical world, a healthcare traveler refers to anyone who temporarily fulfills the duties of another person for a defined period of time.Historically, hospitals incorporate healthcare travelers to fill short-term staffing shortages, provide coverage for those on maternity leave, fill unexpected turnovers, or bring in additional support during a busy season.

Circle of Care Interview with Kisha Miller and Lisa Wakeman
NewSplash recently had the opportunity to speak with Kisha Miller and Lisa Wakeman from Circle of Care (cocteam.org) about how the company came into being, its role in the OR and sterile processing fields, what the future holds for Circle of Care, and more. Circle of Care is putting on Perioperative Symposium: Collaborative Approach to Reducing HAIs in Indianapolis, Indiana, on February 23.

Antimicrobial hospital curtains cut bacterial contamination, study finds
Antimicrobial hospital curtains may be more effective at reducing bacterial contamination than standard curtains, a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology found.

Solidity vertebral body replacement device received FDA approval
Medical device maker ulrich medical USA has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Solidity, a vertebral body replacement (VBR) device for complex spine applications.

100 hospitals and health systems with great orthopedic programs | 2018
The hospitals featured on Becker’s Healthcare’s 100 hospitals and health systems with great orthopedic programs list for 2018 have earned recognition for quality of care and patient satisfaction for orthopedic and spine surgery. Many are high-volume centers where surgeons annually perform hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of total joint replacements, in addition to less complex musculoskeletal surgeries.

IAHCSMM 2019 conference details
Register now for IAHCSMM 2019 Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA. The conference runs from April 27 to May 1, 2019.

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.

New Beyond Clean episode is live
This week’s guest on Beyond Clean is Dr. Christine Greene. The topic is debunking the ATP test and collaborating for clean, with discussions about the relationship between residual protein, dangerous bugs, and more. Tune in and complete the exam for CE credit and a chance to win free sterile processing resources.

 

Issue 2 – 1/8

Does the gold on the rings of needle holders wear off?
A: Yes. Over time the gold will fade and wear off. It is only a “visual identifier” that the jaws contain tungsten carbide and does not affect the use of the needle holder. (p. 47)

Q: Where are the most difficult areas to clean on a laparoscopic instrument? (See next issue.)

As we settle into 2019, we want to take this opportunity to remind you that NewSplash is your newsletter. We invite you to submit news about your facility or personnel, helpful hints, announcements, awards, suggestions, or even articles. Contact NewSplash@UltraCleanSystems.com.

Stop, Lock, and Roll: The Upside to Locking Things Down in Your SPD by Hank Balch
“Knock, knock.”
“Who’s there?”
“Doris.”
“Doris who?”
“Doris locked, that’s why I had to knock.”

As a department that lives and works behind the red line, we understand the value of controlling our surroundings in sterile processing. We keep the pass-through window closed in the decontamination area to keep the air pressure negative and the harmful bugs inside. We keep our ultrasonics, washers, and sterilizers locked during their cycles to ensure every instrument meets the proper processing parameters before moving on to the next stage. We restrict traffic and attire in various areas to ensure we limit any potential for cross-contamination.

New drinkable compound shows promise in treating Alzheimer’s
Scientists at Yale University have developed a drinkable cocktail of select molecules that could aid in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The preliminary results gleaned from studies on mice show promise when administered in the crucial first stage of the disease, even restoring memory.

Bacteria found in ancient Irish soil halts growth of superbugs
Soil from Ireland has long been used in traditional medicine because it is believed to have medicinal properties. Researchers discovered that it contains a previously unknown strain of bacteria which is effective against four of the top six superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics, including MRSA.

APIC 2018 preconference workshop slide presentations
Preconference workshop presentations from APIC 2018 are available for personal use. The workshops occurred throughout 2018 and cover a variety of topics, including what’s new in disinfection and sterilization, best practices in disinfection, a review of technologies for infection control, and the future of infection control.

IAHCSMM 2019 conference details
Register now for IAHCSMM 2019 Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA. The conference runs from April 27 to
May 1, 2019.

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.

Beyond Clean begins its third season
Beyond Clean kicks off its third season with an interview with Lisa Wakeman, sterile processing education and quality coordinator for the Indianapolis Suburban Region of IU Health Network. The topic is point-of-use cleaning in the OR, perioperative collaborations, and the upcoming IU Health Perioperative Symposium: Collaborative Approach to Reducing HAIs. Tune in and be sure to complete the exam for CE credit.

 

Issue 1 – 1/2

Does sterilization dull a scissor?
A: Generally, no. However, when old autoclaves produce dirty steam, the scissor blade edges can become stained, which can cause the scissor not to cut. (p. 15)

Q: Does the gold on the rings of needle holders wear off? (See next issue.)

We hope you had an opportunity to spend the holidays with friends and family, unplug, decompress, relax, and are ready to face 2019 refreshed and with renewed focus. Happy New Year from your family at NewSplash and Ultra Clean Systems.

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.

IAHCSMM 2019 conference details
Register now for IAHCSMM 2019 Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA. The conference runs from April 27 to
May 1, 2019.

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.