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NewSplash Archive – May 2020

Issue 21 – 5/26

So Many IFUs, So Little Time by Rebecca Kinney
How is it even possible to keep track of the ever-evolving instructions for use (IFU) on the thousands of surgical devices we have in our operating rooms? It used to be a mystery until three medical device industry veterans put their minds together and developed oneSOURCE. They are geniuses for saving all our sterile processing departments from the shelves of leatherbound IFUs, in offices that smell of rich mahogany. Okay, it’s more like plastic binders with sleeves that house a plethora of pages, in a sterile room that smells of Sani-Cloths (hopefully you can appreciate that Anchorman humor for a moment). If you’re not familiar with this amazing tool, it’s a database that houses the thousands of IFUs for surgical instruments, devices, and equipment, keeping them all easily accessible and synced with your facility’s tracking systems.

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.

Researchers develop low-cost magnetic tracking system for flexible medical robots
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed an inexpensive, easy-to-use magnetic tracking system to guide surgical robots inside the body. The researchers report that this system performs as well as other state-of-the-art systems without the use of radiation.

Study shows hospital staff with COVID-19 produced protective antibodies
A study conducted in northeastern France reveals that nearly all of the hospital staff who got mild forms of COVID-19 developed antibodies that could prevent reinfection. Of the 160 who volunteered for the study, all but one developed antibodies within 15 days of infection.

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.

Gilead releases full results of remdesivir trial
Remdesivir quickened the recovery time for COVID-19 patients but did little to benefit patients on ventilators, according to study results from Gilead’s clinical trial of the drug, the first given emergency approval to treat COVID-19, STAT reports.

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.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
This week’s guest is longtime preoperative consultant Paul Wafer with Alpha Consulting Group. Paul discusses the importance of efficiency and communication within a surgical service team.

 

Issue 20 – 5/19

Keeping Your Family Safe After Your Day on the Frontlines by Mary Olivera
You have followed all of your hospital’s procedures, donned and doffed PPE at the right times and the right places, washed your hands vigorously, and managed the unrelenting tsunami of patients needing care. You have armed yourself with the most up-to-date information from reputable sources, supported dedicated first responders, and adhered to manufacturers’ recommendations to mitigate shortages of indispensable PPE.

Now it is time to go home.

Register now for the IAHCSMM Online Education Conference
Beginning May 22, IAHCSMM is offering the IAHCSMM Online Educational Conference, providing attendees with access to on-demand educational sessions and live webinars, opportunities to engage with vendors offering CE units or live product demonstrations, and more. The on-demand education sessions are offered from May 22 through July 20.

Early coronavirus vaccine test results show promise
Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna Inc. has reported that their experimental COVID-19 vaccine showed encouraging results in early (Phase 1) human trials, triggering immune responses in eight of the 45 participants. Detailed antibody results are not yet available for the other participants.

The Joint Commission makes available prerecorded webinar on preventing COVID-19 transmission in ACSs
A prerecorded webinar is now available on The Joint Commission’s website to aid healthcare staff in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) as they continue to treat patients with COVID-19. The webinar provides an overview of the spectrum of clinical presentations and routes of transmission of COVID-19, with an emphasis on key issues and prevention strategies that freestanding surgical centers should consider prior to resuming elective procedures.

Philips receives FDA clearance to use ultrasound to manage COVID-19 complications
Royal Philips has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market a range of ultrasound solutions to manage COVID-19-related lung and cardiac complications. Portable and handheld ultrasound devices have become valuable tools for clinicians treating COVID-19 patients due to their imaging capabilities, portability, and ease of disinfection.

Positive COVID-19 tests fall for everyone but kids: 4 CDC updates
Public and commercial laboratories are seeing a slight uptick in positive COVID-19 tests from children under 18, according to the CDC’s weekly COVIDView report. 

OR Today presents Resolving Multiple IFUs webinar
On Thursday, May 21, OR Today will host the Resolving Multiple IFUs: Navigating the Long and Winding Road of Medical Device Reprocessing webinar. The 60-minute webinar will feature David Jagrosse, president of David Jagrosse Consulting, LLC, and consultant to oneSOURCE Document Site.

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.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
Sterile processing professionals need is advocates for support and to help make the case for improvements throughout surgical services, especially sterile processing. This week Melissa Morgan talks about the importance of infection prevention understanding the detailed work and the level of importance in sterile processing.

 

Issue 19 – 5/12

Why I Wrote a Book about Sterile Processing: Reading between the Trays by Hank Balch
When I began my sterile processing career more than ten years ago, I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. At the time, I was going to school full time to finish a master’s degree in theology, with plans to continue on to law school and become an attorney. A friend of mine had gotten a job at a local hospital in the materials management department and heard that a department called sterile processing was hiring people with no healthcare experience. Even better, the position had different shifts, so I would be able to go to school in the morning and work at night.

PPE shortages inspire face shield redesign
Businesses and organizations have been working diligently to address the critical shortage of PPE gear around the world. One of the most widely used pieces of PPE is the face shield, which keeps potentially infectious agents from the face.

Wireless, coin-sized medical device monitors vital signs for 90 days
BioIntelliSense announced the introduction of the BioButton device, a coin-sized, disposable medical device that measures continuous temperature and other vital signs for 90 days. BioIntelliSense offers medical-grade data services that allow for early detection of adverse trends through its proprietary biosensor technology and advanced analytics at a fraction of the cost of spot temperature measurements or traditional remote patient monitoring (RPM) systems.

Register now for the IAHCSMM Online Education Conference
Beginning May 22, IAHCSMM is offering the IAHCSMM Online Educational Conference, providing attendees with access to on-demand educational sessions and live webinars, opportunities to engage with vendors offering CE units or live product demonstrations, and more. The on-demand education sessions are offered from May 22 through July 20.

IAHCSMM offers continuing education webinars
IAHCSMM has made educational webinars available for free to IAHCSMM members (nonmembers pay a nominal fee). There are two specialized webinars and three learning tracks: employee training, employee enrichment, and management.

OR Today presents Resolving Multiple IFUs webinar
On Thursday, May 21, OR Today will host the Resolving Multiple IFUs: Navigating the Long and Winding Road of Medical Device Reprocessing webinar. The 60-minute webinar will feature David Jagrosse, president of David Jagrosse Consulting, LLC, and consultant to oneSOURCE Document Site.

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 hosts SPX2020 Virtual Vendor Expo
This week, Beyond Clean is hosting the SPX2020 Virtual Vendor Expo, a free, 100% digital media event. Virtual attendees will be able to interact with industry products and learn about vendor services through social media channels.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
This week’s guest on Beyond Clean is Dr. Patrick O’Malley who has focused much of his time on researching reusable vs. disposable instruments and the frequent pain points that come with specific instruments common to the emergency department. Dr. O’Malley focuses on laceration repairs, which can be compared to plastic surgery in the ER, and he talks about the impact of instrument quality on the perception of effectiveness from a clinician’s perspective.

 

Issue 18 – 5/5

Reprocessing of Single-Use Items (You Know, Masks) by Dr. Jonathan Wilder, Managing Director
There are issues surrounding the processing of N95 and other masks in vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VH2O2) sterilization, which is what is being done in most hospitals. Hydrogen peroxide is referred to as H2O2. Subjects to be covered are:

Why are these (normally) single-use devices?
What are the differences between doing this in STERRAD and STERIS V-PRO?
How do the processes work?
What is required for user safety?

Diagnostic biosensor quickly detects SARS-CoV-2 from nasopharyngeal swabs
Early diagnosis and management is critical for slowing the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Scientists are racing to develop diagnostic tests for the virus that are faster, easier, and more accurate than existing ones.

Pfizer begins coronavirus vaccine trial in U.S.
Pfizer has developed a new coronavirus vaccine in conjunction with German biotech company BioNTech and has begun testing the vaccine in the U.S. The initial trial involves 360 volunteers, some of whom have already received injections.

First wearable device continuously tracks key COVID-19 symptoms
Researchers at Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago have developed a novel wearable device and set of algorithms tailored to catch early warning signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19 and to monitor patients as the illness progresses.

Respiratory muscle stimulator received FDA Emergency Use Authorization
Kentucky-based Liberate Medical announced that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization for its VentFree Respiratory Muscle Stimulator, which is intended to be used to reduce disuse atrophy of the abdominal wall muscles. This may reduce the number of days a patient spends on a ventilator, including patients with COVID-19.

OR Today presents Resolving Multiple IFUs webinar
On Thursday, May 21, OR Today will host the Resolving Multiple IFUs: Navigating the Long and Winding Road of Medical Device Reprocessing webinar. The 60-minute webinar will feature David Jagrosse, president of David Jagrosse Consulting, LLC, and consultant to oneSOURCE Document Site.

Purdue University volunteers make COVID-19 medical supplies
A team of about 40 graduate students and staff at Purdue University are using campus equipment to manufacture medical supplies for Indiana hospitals. The team has already produced safety glasses, face shields, disposable ventilator connectors, and N95 masks.

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.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
As we age, we lose our visual acuity and this can have serious implications for the instrument inspection process. This week’s guest is Cory Hanosh, president and founder of NorthState Vision Technology.