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NewSplash Archive – June 2018

Issue 24 – 6/13

The Anatomy of an A+ Instrument Count Sheet
Firemen have their fire engines. Construction workers have their hard hats. Teachers have their chalk boards. But what is the defining accessory of a sterile processing professional?

Modular system can quickly identify bacterial infection, indicate best drug
Patients producing with a bacterial infection can be challenging to treat, especially if drug resistance or sepsis is present. Multidrug-resistant pathogens are often the reason sepsis spreads and can ultimately result in the patient’s death.

APIC: New York State legislature considers bill requiring certification for personnel who prevent hospital infections
The New York State legislature is moving to consider legislation that would require infection preventionists (IPs) to be certified in infection prevention and control in order to practice in New York hospitals.

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.

Cell-like nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny ultrasound-powered robots that can swim through blood, removing harmful bacteria along with the toxins they produce. These proof-of-concept nanorobots could one day offer a safe and efficient way to detoxify and decontaminate biological fluids.

Scientists create first artificial human prion
Scientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have created the first artificial human prion as part of efforts to combat devastating brain diseases, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Prions are misfolded proteins in the brain that can bind to neighboring normal proteins and trigger a domino effect that causes microscopic holes, turning the brain into sponge.

Intuitive Surgical granted expanded clearance for da Vinci SP
Intuitive Surgical received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a new indication for its da Vinci SP robot-assisted surgery device. The also revealed plans to pursue other indications for the single-port device.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
This week’s episode of Beyond Cleanis a special audio of their first ever panel discussion at the 2018 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo on the topic of packaging method myth-busting. Panelists include Marcia Frieze from Case Medical, Joe Hannibal from Halyard Health, and Barbara Harmer from Innovative Sterilization Technologies.


Issue 23 – 6/5

Cold plasma technology can sterilize medical instruments
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a device that uses cold plasma technology that could transform how medical instruments are sterilized. The device generates cold plasma, which can potentially be used for sterilization and disinfection, through pure direct current high voltage instead of the conventional radio frequency of pulsed DC power.

New soft, flexible neural interfaces prevent injury to brain
Rigid neural interfaces can read brain activity and stimulate it, these devices damage the soft brain tissue they come in contact with. Moreover, the body ends up attacking these implants and forming protective layers around them that quickly degrade the electrodes.

The eyes have it
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first stand-alone prosthetic iris in the United States, a surgically implanted device to treat adults and children whose iris (the colored part of the eye around the pupil) is completely missing or damaged due to a congenital condition called aniridia or other damage to the eye.

In other eye news, researchers at Newcastle University have developed the first 3D printed human corneas by combining human corneal stromal stem cells from a healthy donor with alginate and collagen to create a bio-ink solution.

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.

New coating keeps bacteria from developing on dental aligners
Dental aligners or retainers are used to straighten teeth or keep them in place following the removal of braces, but they can become contaminated. Now a group is reporting that they have developed a film to prevent bacteria from growing on them.

Bio-decontamination guide download available
Industrial measurement company Vaisala is offering their new Bio-Decontamination Measurement Guide for download. The guide is designed to ensure easy validation for bio-decontamination efforts.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
The discussion this week on Beyond Clean continues with part 2 of the interview with Harry Mullen, manager of sterile processing at Riverside University Health System and director of operations for Central Sterilization Solutions. This week’s discussion focuses on the importance of thinking critically about the value of SPD credentials