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NewSplash Archive – June 2020

Issue 26 – 6/30

Unapologetically Authentic by Sarah B. Cruz
The most exciting part of central sterile professional development is when we, as technicians, begin to stretch our department legs. Onboarding and the intensive learning period are in the past, taking our shyness and awkwardness with it. Our technician voices are slightly less shaky as we start to share ideas with our co-workers and leadership. We begin to see our suggestions contribute to process improvements, practices, and the overall team dynamic. We realize that we are not just a cog in the wheel of some healthcare machine; we are the very hum that is central sterile services.

IAHCSMM Online Educational Conference continues
The IAHCSMM Online Educational Conference is now underway with more than 3,500 registered attendees accessing on-demand educational sessions and live webinars, engaging with more than 60 exhibitors offering CEUs or live product demonstrations, and more. The on-demand education sessions are offered through July 20.

Covance seeking volunteers for multiple studies and trials
Covance, the drug development division of LabCorp, is running multiple COVID-19 research studies and is seeking volunteers for research studies or clinical trials.

3NT Medical announces FDA clearance for Colibri endoscopy system
3NT Medical announced the FDA 510(k) clearance for the Colibri Micro ENT Scope, the world’s first single-use endoscope specifically designed for otology. The Colibri endoscopy system incorporates a lightweight ergonomic handpiece, a 2.2-mm diameter tip, and built-in suction to enable two-handed functionality in a single device.

Tune in to IAHCSMM Live for Ultra Clean Systems broadcasts
On Monday, July 6 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Ultra Clean Systems will broadcast once again from IAHCSMM Live. This broadcast on ultrasonic cavitation provides viewers with an opportunity to earn 1/2 CEU. Be sure to tune in.

Nanostimulators activate stem cells to heal damaged muscles
Muscles damaged from limited oxygen or blood supply due to injury to a limb or peripheral artery disease can be treated using stem cells derived from the patient’s own fat tissue, which stimulates new blood vessel growth into the damaged muscle, restores oxygen and nutrients, and modulates inflammation in the damaged tissue. In vivo experiments have shown reduced benefits because stem cell activity appears to decline post injection.

Electroceutical fabric eradicates coronaviruses on contact
The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) has become essential to safeguard healthcare providers against COVID-19. Coronavirus particles that attach to PPE surfaces pose a significant threat to the spread of the virus.

Second wave preparedness: Infection preventionists and pharmacy leaders discuss patient safety and COVID-19
The first wave of COVID-19, and the significant challenges it raised for hospitals, underscored the highly critical role that pharmacists, infection preventionists, and antimicrobial stewardship teams play in keeping patients, staff, and visitors safe. Join the live panel discussion on Wednesday, July 8 at 12:00 p.m. CT.

OR Today Live! registration now open
Registration is now open for OR Today Live! in Denver. The conference features industry-leading speakers, an expo hall, the ability to earn up to 16 CEUs, and more.

Beyond Clean rewind
This week’s episode from Season 3 features a discussion with Joel Schafer, vice president of engineering at Sterile Services. The topic is the science of steam sterilization, how and why autoclaves should be tested, and when is it necessary to validate their performance.

 

Issue 25 – 6/23

Building the Next Generation of SPD Leadership by Marjorie Wall
Several years ago, a colleague gave me a lily, stating it was fitting because I was in a dead-end job. She thought she was being clever and in her own way she was trying to tell me to move on into a field where I could be more. Well, I am here to tell you that there is so much more that we can be as sterile processing leaders. Sterile processing leadership is not a dead-end job; it is an exceptional job with near unlimited potential. In sterile processing, we can be the difference.

IAHCSMM Online Educational Conference continues
The IAHCSMM Online Educational Conference is now underway with more than 3,500 registered attendees accessing on-demand educational sessions and live webinars, engaging with more than 60 exhibitors offering CE units or live product demonstrations, and more. The on-demand education sessions are offered through July 20.

Titan Medical and Medtronic enter agreement to advance robotic assisted surgical technologies
Titan Medical has entered into a development and license agreement with Medtronic to advance the development of robotic assisted surgical technologies. The two companies entered a separate license agreement regarding certain intellectual property of Titan Medical.

Brazilian scientists develop COVID-19 accelerometer
Researchers at São Paulo State University have developed a computational tool that acts like a COVID-19 accelerometer, plotting in real time the rate at which growth is accelerating or decelerating in more than 200 countries and territories.

Tune in to IAHCSMM Live for Ultra Clean Systems broadcasts
On Monday, July 6 at 2:00 p.m., Ultra Clean Systems will broadcast once again from IAHCSMM Live. This broadcast on ultrasonic cavitation provides viewers with an opportunity to earn 1/2 CEU. Be sure to tune in.

Surgery videos teach surgical robot to suture
A team of researchers from the University of California Berkley and Intel have developed a system called Motion2Vec, which is designed to teach a da Vinci surgical robot to perform sutures across incisions. The objective is to let robots do the monotonous work and allow human surgeons to focus on the core procedure.

Light-activated CRISPR triggers precision gene editing and superfast DNA repair
In a series of experiments using human cancer cell lines, scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine say they have successfully used light as a trigger to make precise cuts in genomic material rapidly, using a molecular scalpel known as CRISPR, and observe how specialized cell proteins repair the exact spot where the gene was cut.

Second wave preparedness: Infection preventionists and pharmacy leaders discuss patient safety and COVID-19
The first wave of COVID-19, and the significant challenges it raised for hospitals, underscored the highly critical role that pharmacists, infection preventionists, and antimicrobial stewardship teams play in keeping patients, staff, and visitors safe. Join the live panel discussion on Wednesday, July 8 at 12:00 p.m. CT.

OR Today Live! registration now open
Registration is now open for OR Today Live! in Denver. The conference features industry-leading speakers, an expo hall, the ability to earn up to 16 CEUs, and more.

Beyond Clean rewind
This week’s episode from Season 3 features a conversation with Daniel Coole, managing director of Surgical Holdings. The hosts asked Daniel everything you ever wanted to know about stainless steel, a ubiquitous material in SPDs about which many things are still unknown or misunderstood.

 

Issue 24 – 6/16

The Architectural Potential of Platforms in Emerging Careers by Lisa M. Wakeman, DrPHc, MBA, CRCST, CIS, CHL, MBTI
Emerging careers share a common characteristic: the need for plasticity. New careers are continually being introduced that would not have existed a few years ago. Similarly, other careers are morphing in response to changing environments, and the scope of practice for these vocations has outgrown their infrastructure. Like a space that no longer supports increasing demand, advancing fields require modification and expansion to stay current. Both in a physical and metaphorical sense, sustainability is not feasible without the capability of change. The spatial relationships of platforms must be designed to support the structures for technology and education that build the pathways for the development of emerging careers.

First drug shown to improve COVID-19 survival
Researchers in England claim dexamethasone, a cheap and widely available steroid, can improve COVID-19 survival. For the large study, the steroid was randomly assigned to 2,104 patients and their progress was compared to 4,321 patients who received usual care.

IAHCSMM Online Educational Conference underway
The IAHCSMM Online Educational Conference is now underway with more than 3,500 registered attendees beginning to access on-demand educational sessions and live webinars, engage with more than 60 exhibitors offering CE units or live product demonstrations, and more. The on-demand education sessions are offered from May 22 through July 20.

Breathalyzer could detect COVID-19 in seconds
Testing for COVID-19 typically involves the use of a long nasal swab pressed deep into nasal cavities to acquire sufficient fluid to test. The procedure is uncomfortable at best and results can take hours or days.

Ultra Clean Systems completes second broadcast from IAHCSMM Live
On June 11, Ultra Clean Systems broadcast its second live stream for the IAHCSMM 2020 Online Educational Conference. This broadcast featured an overview of the Model1150 floor model ultrasonic cleaning system.

Visit Reuters comprehensive COVID-19 progress information page for updates
Keeping up with the latest information on COVID-19 research, vaccine progress, drug therapies, nondrug therapies, and testing can be exhausting. Reuters has developed a page that spotlights the latest information on all things COVID-19.

OR Today Live! registration now open
Registration is now open for OR Today Live! in Denver. The conference features industry-leading speakers, an expo hall, the ability to earn up to 16 CEUs, and more.

Beyond Clean rewind
This week’s rerelease from Season 3 features a conversation with Phil Sayles, founder and president of Summate Technologies. Phil and the hosts discuss the coming digitization of surgical implant management and what it means for vendors, supply chain, sterile processing, and perioperative staff.

 

Issue 23 – 6/9

A Cut Above the Rest: Dangerous Designs in our Sterile Processing World by Hank Balch
Recently, I was scrolling through one of the many sterile processing Facebook groups out there and saw an all-too-familiar sight: blood dripping down a technician’s hand in the prep/pack assembly area.

What do you think happened? Skin hook to the finger? Towel clip to the palm? Random pinch from a double-action rongeur?

IAHCSMM Online Educational Conference underway; IAHCSMM Live broadcasts begin
The IAHCSMM Online Educational Conference is now underway with more than 3,500 registered attendees beginning to access on-demand educational sessions and live webinars, engage with more than 60 exhibitors offering CE units or live product demonstrations, and more. The on-demand education sessions are offered from May 22 through July 20.

Ultra Clean Systems completes first in series of broadcasts from IAHCSMM Live
On June 9, Ultra Clean Systems broadcast its first live stream for the IAHCSMM 2020 Online Educational Conference. This broadcast featured an overview of the Models 1101 and 1100 tabletop ultrasonic cleaning systems, which are ideal for ambulatory surgery centers and ophthalmic procedures.

Reuters develops, maintains comprehensive COVID-19 progress information page
Keeping up with the latest information on COVID-19 research, vaccine progress, drug therapies, nondrug therapies, and testing can be exhausting. Reuters has developed a page that spotlights the latest information on all things COVID-19.

Moderna begins midstage COVID-19 vaccine study
Moderna Inc., which began early testing of an experimental vaccine, mRNA-1273, in May, has announced that it is now dosing patients in a midstage study of the vaccine. The drug developer plans to enroll 600 patients for this stage of the trial.

Eli Lilly begins human study of antibody treatment for COVID-19
Eli Lilly and Company announced that it has started an early stage trial to test its potential antibody treatment for COVID-19. In this world’s first study of an antibody treatment for the virus, the early stage study will determine the safety and tolerability of the treatment in patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

OR Today Live! registration now open
Registration is now open for OR Today Live! in Denver. The conference features industry-leading speakers, an expo hall, the ability to earn up to 16 CEUs, and more.

Beyond Clean rewind
This week’s rerelease of Beyond Clean from Season 3 features an interview with 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.

 

Issue 22 – 6/2

Effective Cleaning vs. Short Cycle Times by Pawel de Sternberg Stojalowski
In the last decade we have experienced a true arms race between washer-disinfector manufacturers. With all washer-disinfectors being very similar pieces of equipment, the focus of this race was reducing the cycle time in the name of increasing the throughput of instruments through the department; in other terms, increasing the overall efficiency. While washing cycles became shorter, we observed intensification of manual precleaning and processing of instruments before the automated wash.

IAHCSMM Online Educational Conference has begun
The IAHCSMM Online Educational Conference is now underway with more than 3,500 registered attendees beginning to access on-demand educational sessions and live webinars, engage with more than 60 exhibitors offering CE units or live product demonstrations, and more. The on-demand education sessions are offered from May 22 through July 20.

Reuters develops, maintains comprehensive COVID-19 progress information page
Keeping up with the latest information on COVID-19 research, vaccine progress, drug therapies, nondrug therapies, and testing can be exhausting. Reuters has developed a page that spotlights the latest information on all things COVID-19.

The Joint Commission to resume surveys
Beginning this month, The Joint Commission will resume some survey and review activities for organizations due for a survey. Account executives will contact the organizations to assess the effect that COVID-19 has had on their operations and review that information to prioritize low-risk areas in which they can safely survey.

IAHCSMM COVID-19 Update, Part 2: A Conversation with SP Experts
Join IAHCSMM’s panel of sterile processing experts for a live webinar on Thursday, June 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CT. They will discuss SP-related updates on COVID-19 and answer audience questions related to SP processes during this pandemic.

Evidence suggests coronavirus may be vascular disease
In April, reports of blood clots in COVID-19 patients began to emerge, followed by reports of young patients dying of strokes. Next came painful red or purple toes, dubbed Covid toes.

OR Today Live! registration now open
Registration is now open for OR Today Live! in Denver. The conference features industry-leading speakers, an expo hall, the ability to earn up to 16 CEUs, and more.

Beyond Clean rewind
This week’s rerelease episode of Beyond Clean from Season 3 features 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 and perioperative collaborations.