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NewSplash Archive – March 2020

Issue 13 – 3/31

To Modify or Not to Modify? That Is the Question by Rebecca Kinney
When it comes to your surgical instrumentation, you may often find yourself in a debacle. A surgeon wants an instrument tweaked to be at a different angle, or you need to reorder a specialty instrument that is no longer available on the market. What are you to do?

First, understand that yes, it can be done, but as most things in life you must ask yourself if it should it be done? Is it safe to modify that specific surgical instrument from the most important perspective, patient safety?

James Dyson designs new ventilator in 10 days to help patients of pandemic

James Dyson, inventor and founder of the Dyson company known for its vacuum cleaners and air dryers, has designed and built a new ventilator in the span of 10 days after receiving a phone call from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Dyson says he will build 15,000 units to help treat COVID-19 patients, and confirmed an order from the UK government for 10,000 units.

TransEnterix receives FDA Clearance for first machine vision system in robotic surgery
TransEnterix, Inc. announced that it has received 510(k) clearance for the Intelligent Surgical Unit (ISU) that enables machine vision capabilities on the Senhance Surgical System.

ProtectivAir sterilizes inhaled air with ultraviolet light
Medi-Immune Ltd. announced ProtectivAir, a compact, wearable, filterless breathing device that will protect frontline healthcare staff and those working in biologically compromised environments. ProtectivAir is currently awaiting testing against the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Ford partners to build 50,000 ventilators in 100 days
Ford Motor Company will make as many as 50,000 simple ventilators for COVID-19 patients within 100 days at its Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and plans to produce 30,000 per month after that. The ventilator is currently being made by Melbourne, Florida-based Airon Corp. and has been licensed by GE Healthcare.

3D printing helps alleviate supply chain shortage
The COVID-19 coronavirus has disrupted nearly every (if not every) aspect of our lives, and that disruption is also reflected in industry supply chains. These shortages have nearly crippled the medical supply chain, including much-needed ventilators and ventilator parts.

Registration open for APIC 2020
Registration is now open for APIC 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona, June 10–12. APIC 2020 provides more than 100 educational sessions for effective infection control practices, networking opportunities, large exhibition hall, and 17 CEUs for attendees.

APIC 2020 offers travel grants, educational scholarships
APIC is partnering with Diversey to offer 25 educational scholarships to attend APIC 2020. Scholarship recipients will receive a $1,000 card toward their expenses to attend the event, including travel, hotel accommodations, meals, and registration.

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 episode from Season 2 features a conversation with Keith Koby, an expert in ultrasound probe reprocessing. Koby discusses solutions that can optimize workflow while also guaranteeing proper cleaning, disinfecting, and storage throughout healthcare facility.

 

Issue 12 – 3/24

Fear and Cleaning: Dealing with the Emotional and Practical Impact of the Pandemic of 2020 by Hank Balch
The COVID-19 outbreak and the impact it has had in the United States will be studied and discussed by epidemiologists, economists, and laymen for many years to come. No matter the ultimate infection rate, the ripple effects of this pandemic will be felt far and wide in nearly every aspect of life. That is true inside our sterile processing departments as well. Leaders and co-workers alike should be prepared to deal with the emotional and practical impact of the current challenges facing our teams.

Visit the Ultra Clean Systems COVID-19 resource page for links to tips and reliable news
We continue to update our COVID-19 resource page to include links to the most reliable resources and hints to help us all cope with this pandemic and stay safe. We want to help you stay informed with the latest reliable information regarding COVID-19.

Getinge to deliver ventilators to Italy
Getinge, the world’s largest manufacturer of ventilators and heart-lung machines, will deliver 500 ventilators to Italy, the European epicenter for the COVID-19 virus.

Sign up for enewsletters from Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins University invites you to subscribe to one or all of the enewsletters published by the Center for Health Security. Subscription to all the newsletters is free of charge.

World’s fastest supercomputer identifies drug compounds that could combat COVID-19 coronavirus
The world’s fastest supercomputer, IBM’s Summit, ran thousands of simulations or more than 8,000 drug compounds to determine which ones might be effective in combating the COVID-19 coronavirus. The supercomputer identified 77 compounds.

Graphite nanoplatelets on medical devices kill bacteria and prevent infections
Many bacterial infections develop around medical devices and implants, such as catheters, hip and knee prostheses, and dental implants. Infections on implants are caused by bacteria that travel around in the body carried in fluids in search of a surface on which to attach.

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.

Registration open for APIC 2020
Registration is now open for APIC 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona, June 10–12. APIC 2020 provides more than 100 educational sessions for effective infection control practices, networking opportunities, large exhibition hall, and 17 CEUs for attendees.

APIC 2020 offers travel grants, educational scholarships
APIC is partnering with Diversey to offer 25 educational scholarships to attend APIC 2020. Scholarship recipients will receive a $1,000 card toward their expenses to attend the event, including travel, hotel accommodations, meals, and registration.

Beyond Clean rewind
This week’s episode from Season 2 features a conversation with Moses Chang, who discusses radio frequency identification (RFID) and how it relates to instrument trays and inventory management. What is it and how is it changing a healthcare facility’s ability to manage instrument and equipment inventory? Tune in to learn how sterile processing can use RFID to cut down on data entry and manual counting, increase safety, and more.

 

Issue 11 – 3/17

Perpetual Readiness in Sterile Processing: The Accreditation Journey by Mary Olivera
When I first started working as a central sterile (CS) technician, the most complex task we had to perform was sharpening hypodermic needle tips on a sharpening stone to ensure that the next patient was made as comfortable as possible. There were no robots in the OR, and if you asked about an IFU, someone might have thought you were using inappropriate language instead of inquiring about the manufacturer’s instructions for use. We did not have many disposable items and the only low-temperature sterilization process available was ethylene oxide.

All of us at Ultra Clean Systems wish you a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day. And wash your hands.

Ultra Clean Systems COVID-19 resource page updated
We have updated our COVID-19 resource page to include a link to a video by Dr. John Bergman and an informative visual guide by Curtis Newbold, on top of the resources already included. Be sure to return to this page for updates.

Second patient cured of HIV
Doctors in London say, Adam Castillejo, known as “London Patient” prior to his decision to go public with his identity, has been cured of HIV. Castillejo is the second patient to be cured of HIV, following the Timothy Brown (“Berlin Patient”) who was cured in 2011.

Nanoscale 4D printing technology may speed development of new therapeutics
Researchers at City University of New York (CUNY) and Northwestern University have created a 4D printer capable of constructing patterned surfaces that re-create the complexity of cell surfaces. The technology allows scientists to combine organic chemistry, surface science, and nanolithography to construct precisely designed nanopatterned surfaces that are decorated with delicate organic or biological molecules.

Nonthermal plasma can inactivate airborne virus threatening pigs
New research from the University of Michigan shows that a virus that costs the pork industry nearly $650 million annually can be rendered harmless instantaneously by a nonthermal plasma reactor. The research is the first to demonstrate that nonthermal plasma can inactivate an airborne, disease-causing virus in animals.

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. The conference runs from August 16–18.

Registration open for APIC 2020
Registration is now open for APIC 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona, June 10–12. APIC 2020 provides more than 100 educational sessions for effective infection control practices, networking opportunities, large exhibition hall, and 17 CEUs for attendees.

APIC 2020 offers travel grants, educational scholarships
APIC is partnering with Diversey to offer 25 educational scholarships to attend APIC 2020. Scholarship recipients will receive a $1,000 card toward their expenses to attend the event, including travel, hotel accommodations, meals, and registration.

IAHCSMM cancels annual conference and expo
On Friday, March 13, IAHCSMM announced the cancellation of the 2020 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. IAHCSMM is not rescheduling the event for a later date in 2020; the next conference and expo will be May 1–5, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio.

Beyond Clean rewind
In this episode from Season 2, Jenni Gibbs discusses the proper reprocessing of flexible endoscopes, moving from disinfection to sterilization. Tune in now to find out how to set up endoscope sterilization for success in your hospital.

 

Issue 10 – 3/10

Present & Accounted For: Building a Department Culture Where Showing Up Matters by Hank Balch
One of the first warning signs of a department culture going under is when people stop showing up. There can be a lot of different reasons for why this happens and how sterile processing departments get to this point, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the impact that systemic tardies, regular no-shows, and disappearing acts have on team dynamics and quality in general. First, let’s take a look at the warning signs themselves, then we’ll discuss a few insights for how to create a place where technicians actually want to show up on time, nearly every time.

AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2020 is cancelled
The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) announced the cancellation of its 2020 Global Surgical Conference & Expo due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

Ultra Clean Systems publishes CORVID-19 resource page
The COVID-19 coronavirus has been dominating the headlines, network news coverage, and social media for roughly two months. All of this coverage has offered conflicting information coming from health agencies, governments, and private citizens to the extent that there’s nearly as much noise as news.

Cardiovalve receives Breakthrough Device Designation for Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Replacement System
Cardiovalve announced that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for an Early Feasibility Study (EFS) of its Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Replacement System for tricuspid regurgitation (TR) indication. The company has also been granted Breakthrough Device Designation status by the FDA.

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.

3M live webinar on best practices for sterilization and monitoring offers CE credit
3M Health Care Academy is offering live educational webinars on Best Practices for Sterilization and Monitoring. Join host Janet Prust as she reviews a quality system approach with risk analysis processes, explains sterilization monitoring and recommendations for quality control, and identifies the root cause of sterilization failures and how to avoid a repeat.

APIC 2020 offers travel grants, educational scholarships
APIC is partnering with Diversey to offer 25 educational scholarships to attend APIC 2020. Scholarship recipients will receive a $1,000 card toward their expenses to attend the event, including travel, hotel accommodations, meals, and registration.

Register now for IAHCSMM 2020
Registration now for the 2020 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo in Chicago, IL. The conference runs from April 25–29, 2020.

IAHCSMM 2020 conference schedule published
IAHCSMM has published the conference program and sessions schedule for the IAHCSMM 2020 Annual Conference & Expo. There are three preconference sessions, which require separate registration and fees.

Beyond Clean rewind
In this episode from Season 2, Kathy Mazza discusses single-use instruments, covering everything from a hospital’s green initiative and how to best achieve that while using single-use instrumentation to what characteristics differentiate a single-use from a reusable handheld instrument. Kathy also provides insight on if or when a facility should transition to single-use instruments.

 

Issue 9 – 3/3

Dichotomy: If It’s Not One Thing, It Must Be the Other by Jonathan A. Wilder, Ph.D., Managing Director
I am an avid reader of the AAMI Members Discussion Group digest, the LinkedIn Sterile Processing Department Professionals group, and the Facebook Sterile Processing Professionals group. I read these postings because I want to learn new things (new to me) and to (hopefully) make useful suggestions when I can. One thing I see in common in these groups is people looking for answers to help them make a decision; to choose the best solution to an issue where the two choices could very well be called a dichotomy.

FDA issues new policy to help expedite availability of COVID-19 diagnostics
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new policy for certain laboratories seeking to develop diagnostic tests for the COVID-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus to achieve more rapid testing in the U.S. As COVID-19 becomes a greater public health threat, it’s imperative that testing capabilities are readily available in health care settings.

Contour Neurovascular System to treat intracranial aneurysms receives CE Mark approval
Cerus Endovascular Ltd. has received CE Mark approval for the Contour Neurovascular System for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms. The Contour Neurovascular System is a fine mesh braid that is deployed across the neck of the aneurysm sac and provides a combination of low diversion and disruption through a single device implant.

Cleaning your CPAP
It can be difficult to maintain a regular cleaning schedule for continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines. The machines can become contaminated with germs, such as viruses and bacteria from the lungs, throat, it’s important that users know how to properly clean their CPAPs.

Register now for IAHCSMM Rocky Mountain Chapter Spring Educational Seminar
The Rocky Mountain Chapter is hosting a free educational seminar provided by Key Surgical and Case Medical. The seminar is Saturday, March 14. Attendees are eligible for 4 CEUs approved by IAHCSMM and CBSPD.

3M live webinar on best practices for sterilization and monitoring offers CE credit
3M Health Care Academy is offering live educational webinars on Best Practices for Sterilization and Monitoring. Join host Janet Prust as she reviews a quality system approach with risk analysis processes, explains sterilization monitoring and recommendations for quality control, and identifies the root cause of sterilization failures and how to avoid a repeat.

APIC 2020 offers travel grants, educational scholarships
APIC is partnering with Diversey to offer 25 educational scholarships to attend APIC 2020. Scholarship recipients will receive a $1,000 card toward their expenses to attend the event, including travel, hotel accommodations, meals, and registration.

Register now for IAHCSMM 2020
Registration now for the 2020 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo in Chicago, IL. The conference runs from April 25–29, 2020.

IAHCSMM 2020 conference schedule published
IAHCSMM has published the conference program and sessions schedule for the IAHCSMM 2020 Annual Conference & Expo. There are three preconference sessions, which require separate registration and fees.

New Beyond Clean episode now available
Manufacturers that design Class II medical devices requiring FDA 510K clearance need an IFU that outlines how that device is to be safely cleaned and sterilized. In this episode from Season 2, validation expert Don Tumminelli, senior technical manager, client services at HIGHPOWER Validation Testing & Lab Services, discusses biocompatibility testing, sterilization validation, and cleaning validation of the devices that sterile processing professionals use daily.