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NewSplash Archive – June 2018

Issue 26 – 6/26

Ultrasonic Royalty: Ten Keys to Crowning Your Department the Kings and Queens of Clean by Hank Balch
What does ultrasonic excellence look like in your sterile processing department? Would your technicians pass a pop quiz on the ins and outs of this critical aspect of the surgical instrument cleaning process? Would they consider themselves Kings and Queens of Clean, or admit they need a little boost before they claim the crown?

Medtronic launches new clinician programmer for deep brain stimulation therapy
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Medtronic’s Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Clinician Programmer and ActivaProgramming Application. The app is controlled via the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet interface and allows neurologists and neurosurgeons program stimulation therapies for neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Dystonia.

New survey of clinicians reveals key barriers to effective infection prevention
Recently, 3M conducted a survey of infection preventionists and found that half (51%) believe lack of adopting new technology and processes and insufficient support from senior leadership are the top barriers to preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAI), followed closely by poor protocol compliance rates.

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.

Protecting your most valuable instrument: Hand protection tips for healthcare workers
Clinical experts will highlight the types of dermal sensitivities that most often affect the hands of healthcare workers, the leading culprits of those sensitivities, and their recommendations for treating current reactions and avoiding future reactions with hand wellness best practices.

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
Beyond Clean welcomes guest Peggy Spitzer, clinical education and technical support at Certol International. Peggy provides education programs across the U.S. to sterile processing and APIC chapters, focusing on helping clinicians use cleaning chemicals safely and effectively.

 

Issue 25 – 6/19

Apple brings healthcare records to iPhone
Apple recently introduced an update to the Health app that debuts a feature for customers to see their medical records on their iPhone. The updated Health Records section in the Health app brings together hospitals, clinics and the existing Health app to make it easy for consumers to see their available medical data from multiple providers whenever they choose.

NewSplash welcomes another feature writer
We at NewSplash are pleased to welcome another exclusive feature article columnist to the publication. Sara Freiberg is the clinical education account manager at Northfield Medical and brings with her a wealth of knowledge about instrument care and reprocessing. Sara’s biweekly column will touch on all things related to instrument care. Look for her first article in Issue 27.

OR Today offers free webinar on UVC disinfection
OR Today is offering a free webinar on Real-World UVC Disinfection Success: A Case Study with Phelps Memorial Health Center on Thursday, June 21 at 2:00 p.m. ET. The 60-minute webinar will feature Alice Brewer, director of clinical affairs at Tru-D SmartUVC, and Tesha Broadfoot, quality leader at Phelps Memorial Health Center, Nebraska.

Regenerative bandage accelerates healing in diabetic wounds
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a regenerative bandage that quickly heals hard-to-treat wounds in diabetic patients without using drugs. The thermally responsive hydrogel bandage is a liquid when applied to the wound, then it quickly solidifies into a gel when exposed to body temperature, which allows it to conform to the exact shape of the wound.

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 episode is part 2 of Beyond Clean’s special audio of their first ever panel discussion at the 2018 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo on the topic of packaging method myth-busting. Panelists Marcia Frieze from Case Medical, Joe Hannibal from Halyard Health, and Barbara Harmer from Innovative Sterilization Technologies field rapid-fire questions.

 

Issue 24 – 6/13

The Anatomy of an A+ Instrument Count Sheet by Hank Balch
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