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NewSplash Archive – July 2018

Issue 31 – 7/31

The Importance of Surgical Instrument Maintenance and Patient Safety, part 2 by Sara Freiberg
Ultrasonic cleaning is considered the follow-up to manual cleaning. While manual cleaning removes most or all of the visible soil from an instrument, it cannot remove small or microscopic particles that are often protected by the texture of an instrument’s surface or the various design features. Ultrasonic cleaning is a powerful tool which works by sound waves that move through water to create many bubbles, a process known as cavitation. When these bubbles implode at a fast rate of speed, they create both heat and energy, allowing instruments to receive a thorough cleaning within the instrument’s serrations, crevices, and lumens.

Surgery performed from 100 miles away
Interventional cardiologist Ryan Madder, MD, performed a remote percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in a pig 100 miles away. Madder navigated the robotic equipment from Ludington, Michigan, while using a telecommunications system to connect with bedside staff in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Lowering blood pressure reduces risk of cognitive impairment
In a government-backed clinical trial, U.S. researchers found that lowering blood pressure significantly reduced the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia among hypertension patients. The trial involved more than 9,300 hypertension patients and showed that by lowering systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) to below 120, patients had a 19% lower rate of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and a 15% reduction in MCI and dementia combined.

OR Today offers free webinar on cleaning verification of instruments and devices
OR Today is offering a free webinar titled Always Keep It Clean, which explores reasons and methods for cleaning verification of surgical instruments and medical devices. The 60-minute webinar will be presented by perioperative consultant Sharon Van Wicklin.

Speeding sepsis response: University of Utah health reduced cost and length of stay for septic patients by 10%
Sepsis is survivable, but it must be identified and treated quickly: Once hypotension sets in, the risk of death rises 8% with each hour that passes before treatment. University of Utah Health had an inefficient multistep process to identify and treat sepsis that had potential for error.

Register now for OR Today Live! 2018
OR Today Live! 2018 is the place to be to extend your knowledge and earn CEUs. The conference is packed with super sessions and classes by industry experts covering a range of topics.

Sign up now for OR Excellence 2018
OR Excellence 2018 will be held at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on October 3–5. At OR Excellence, you will attend workshops and classes on a variety of topics and learn new skills, network with colleagues, receive helpful tips on improving patient outcomes, and more.

New Beyond Cleanepisode now available
Barbara Harmer, director of clinical services at Innovative Sterilization Technologies, LLC, is this week’s guest on Beyond Clean. Barbara has more than 36 years of administrative and clinical management and internal and external consulting experience in inpatient and outpatient healthcare facilities. The topic this week is surveying the surveyor, what you need to know.

 

Issue 30 – 7/24

Insufficient for Understanding: Are IFUs Failing Us or Are We Failing Them? by Hank Balch
These days you cannot walk five feet in a sterile processing department without hearing the words “instructions for use” from a team member, certification manual, or accreditation surveyor. Abbreviated as IFU, these manufacturer instructions give insight and directions on everything from chemical soak times to cleaning brush diameters, from validated cycles to preventive maintenance schedules. With the emphasis on the importance of IFUs, there still remains a very real disconnect on the frontlines of cleaning and sterilization for how these little instructional devils are to be tackled and tamed.

Targeting treatment with nanocarriers
Scientists at the Mainz University Medical Center and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) have developed a new method to enable miniature drug-filled nanocarriers to dock on to immune cells, which in turn attack tumors. This may lead to targeted treatment that can largely eliminate damage to healthy tissue.

Tiny electronic chip provides pathway to treat brain and central nervous system disorders
Researchers at Purdue University have created an electronic chip that may provide improved support for the hundreds of millions of people affected by neurological disorders. The chip can read signals from several nerve endings and wirelessly transmit them without needing a battery or any other component.

Bill Gates and others launch initiative to develop diagnostic tools for Alzheimer’s disease
Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and philanthropist, has teamed with Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) co-founder Leonard Lauder to launch a new initiative to develop novel tools for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease. Together, Gates and Lauder will fund more than $30 million under the Diagnostics Accelerator initiative to develop biomarkers for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

New scanner provides color 3D images inside the body
Father and son scientists from The Universities of Canterbury and Otago in New Zealand have invented a revolutionary 3D color medical scanner. The MARS spectral X-ray scanner provides far greater detail of the body’s chemical components and will result in more accurate diagnosis and treatment of diseases, such as cancer and heart disease.

Register now for OR Today Live! 2018
OR Today Live! 2018 is the place to be to extend your knowledge and earn CEUs. The conference is packed with super sessions and classes by industry experts covering a range of topics.

Sign up now for OR Excellence 2018
OR Excellence 2018 will be held at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on October 3–5. At OR Excellence, you will attend workshops and classes on a variety of topics and learn new skills, network with colleagues, receive helpful tips on improving patient outcomes, and more.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
This week’s guest on Beyond Clean is Nancy Chobin, president and CEO of Sterile Processing University, LLC. Nancy was the vice president of Sterile Processing Services at Barnabas Health, and she served as a liaison for The Joint Commission, Centers for Medicare/Medicaid, and the New Jersey State Department of Health surveys.

 

Issue 29 – 7/17

The Importance of Surgical Instrument Maintenance and Patient Safety, part 1 by Sara Freiberg
More than 200 million surgeries are performed worldwide each year, with more than 48 million of those surgical procedures taking place in the United States, according to the most current data gathered from the CDC and The National Center for Health Statistics. Surgical instruments and reusable devices are a majorinvestment for hospitals. Based upon a 250-bed hospital, the average facility may invest between $2–3 million in surgical instruments and equipment.

Operating rooms are the revenue generator of the hospital, and surgical instruments play a large role in performing surgical procedures. Surgeons highly depend upon them to perform as intended. How long should our surgical instruments last? That depends on many factors.

Smart bandage monitors and adjusts treatment for chronic wounds
A team of engineers led by Tufts University has developed a prototype bandage designed to actively monitor the condition of chronic wounds and deliver appropriate drug treatments to improve the chances of healing. While the lab-tested bandages remain to be assessed in a clinical context, the research is aimed at transforming bandaging from a traditionally passive treatment into a more active paradigm to address a persistent and difficult medical challenge.

Pick up your copy of ANSI/AAMI ST90 today
ANSI/AAMI ST90 specifies the minimum quality management system requirements for a healthcare organization to effectively, efficiently, and consistently process medical devices to prevent adverse patient events and nonmanufacturer-related device failures.

Journal features national patient safety and quality improvement honorees
The July 2018 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety details the achievements of this year’s John M. Eisenberg Award recipients, including a physician who is passionate about improving communication and transparency between patients and their healthcare providers, a network of children’s hospitals that saved more than 9,000 children from harm, and a large health system that achieved a decrease in hospital-acquired patient harms of more than 60 percent.

Register now for OR Today Live! 2018
OR Today Live! 2018 is the place to be to extend your knowledge and earn CEUs. The conference is packed with super sessions and classes by industry experts covering a range of topics.

Sign up now for OR Excellence 2018
OR Excellence 2018 will be held at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on October 3–5. At OR Excellence, you will attend workshops and classes on a variety of topics and learn new skills, network with colleagues, receive helpful tips on improving patient outcomes, and more.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
This week’s guest on Beyond Clean is Peggy Spitzer, clinical education and technical support at Certol International. Peggy has more than 30 years of combined experience as a healthcare provider and educator, and she provides education programs across the U.S. to sterile processing and APIC chapters focusing on helping clinicians use cleaning chemicals safely and effectively. The topic for this episode is enigmatic enzymes.

 

Issue 28 – 7/10

Always Sunny in Sterile Processing: The Real Meaning of Light Duty by Hank Balch
While most sterile processing technicians daydream about working in a department with a window, light actually serves an even greater purpose than just raising the morale of your lifesaving team of basement dwellers. From decontamination all the way to sterile storage, those lustrous wavelengths have the power to both help and harm your mission of instrument reprocessing excellence. Implementing the tips in this article will help ensure your department becomes a shining city on a hill, casting light into the dark domain of dangerous microbes.

New global virtual reality training for surgeons and nurses
The Johnson & Johnson Institute has launched a new global virtual reality (VR) training program for surgeons and nurses. The program currently includes three VR training modules for orthopedic surgery to help improve surgical techniques and drive greater patient outcomes.

New feature column to debut next issue
Beginning with Issue 29, NewSplash will add another exclusive feature article columnist to the roster. Please join us in welcoming Sara Freiberg.

New assay reveals biophysical properties that allow prions to infect other proteins
Scientists at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have identified a physical basis for the spread of corrupted proteins known as prions inside cells. Prions are proteins that can adopt distinct structural shapes that can propagate themselves to other proteins.

Intuitive Surgical receives FDA clearance for first 60mm stapler
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted clearance for Intuitive Surgical’s 60mm stapler. SureForm 60 is a single-patient use 60mm stapler that offers 120° of fully wristed articulation, an industry first.

Register now for OR Today Live! 2018
OR Today Live! 2018 is the place to be to extend your knowledge and earn CEUs. The conference is packed with super sessions and classes by industry experts covering a range of topics.

Sign up now for OR Excellence 2018
OR Excellence 2018 will be held at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on October 3–5. At OR Excellence, you will attend workshops and classes on a variety of topics and learn new skills, network with colleagues, receive helpful tips on improving patient outcomes, and more.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
This week’s guest on Beyond Clean is Nancy Chobin, president and CEO of Sterile Processing University, LLC. Nancy was the vice president of Sterile Processing Services at Barnabas Health; she served as a liaison for The Joint Commission, Centers for Medicare/Medicaid, and the New Jersey State Department of Health surveys.

 

Issue 27 – 7/3

Dr. Scholl’s Steps Up To Raise $3 Million For Support Our Troops®
Bayer HealthCare U.S. has stepped up to raise up to $3 million for SupportOurTroops.Org with its Dr. Scholl’s brand of foot care. For every pair of Dr. Scholl’s insoles of $10 or more sold in Walmart stores during the month of July, Bayer HealthCare will donate $1 to Support Our Troops, Inc., a nationwide 501(c)(3) organization that meets the critical needs of America’s deployed troops worldwide including hygiene and medical supplies, food assistance to military families, satellite phone home time from remote locations, and much more.

2018 World Sterilization Congress
The Mexican Association of Sterilization invites you to attend the 19th World Sterilization Congress, October 31 through November3, 2018. The WFHSS dedicates itself to the promotion of the worldwide harmonization of sterilization practices through a cooperative information exchange and best practices for national and regional nonprofit sterilization societies.

HydrUStent’s biodegradable stents could improve patient outcomes
Stents are widely used in patient care, but a major complication is infection and, for many types of stents, the need for eventual surgical removal. HydrUStent, a startup based at the University of Minho in Portugal, hopes to improve those limitations.

Register now for OR Today Live! 2018
OR Today Live! 2018 is the place to be to extend your knowledge and earn CEUs. The conference is packed with super sessions and classes by industry experts covering a range of topics.

Sign up now for OR Excellence 2018
OR Excellence 2018 will be held at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on October 3–5. At OR Excellence, you will attend workshops and classes on a variety of topics and learn new skills, network with colleagues, receive helpful tips on improving patient outcomes, and more.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
This week the Beyond Clean podcast features Matthew Gudeman, president and CEO of EndoPlus. Matthew will be speaking on the Endoplus mission of removing cost and complexity from the laparoscopic value stream. Endoplus is a privately held medical device manufacturer with distinct competencies specific to Class II laparoscopic medical devices and has multiple FDA 510(k)s as well as patents for laparoscopic devices.