NewSplash Archive – November 2017

Issue 47 – 11/28
T-cells engineered to attack cancer
Scientists at Cardiff University in the U.K. have discovered a method to enhance the cancer-destroying ability of T-cells through DNA editing. The research team used CRISPR genome editing to remove the receptors naturally present on T-cells, and replaced them with receptors that would recognize specific cancers cells, causing the T-cells to destroy them.

Endoscope reprocessing named a top health hazard for 2018
The ECRI Institute recently released its annual list of health technology hazards for 2018 and, once again, endoscope reprocessing landed near the top as the number two hazard. The list is the result of extensive research by the Institute’s own engineers, scientists, and clinicians, as well as an investigation into its own problem reporting network.

C. diff can most frequently be found in floor corners after disinfection
A study, published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, identified environmental sites where spores of Clostridium difficile persist despite cleaning and hydrogen peroxide aerial decontamination.

FDA approves artificial lens that can be adjusted after cataract surgery
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the RxSight Inc. Light Adjustable Lens and Light Delivery Device, the first medical device system that can make small adjustments to the artificial lens’ power after cataract surgery to improve vision when the patient is not using glasses.

IAHCSMM releases schedule for 2018 Annual Conference and Expo
The schedule is now available for IAHCSMM 2018 Annual Conference and Expo in Phoenix, AZ, from April 29 through May 2 (preconference workshops and forum are on April 28). There are three tracks—Technical, Management, and Hot Topics—so attendees can better focus their learning.

Surgeons use 3D-printed models to save lives
Cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons at the University of Mainz in Germany are using 3D-printed models to diagnose and plan procedures for complex, life-threatening cases. These are usually aortic illnesses that require immediate attention.

AAMI eSubscription
Take advantage of AAMI’s Standards eSubscription to gain access to many interactive tools that enable you to engage with your colleagues to bring the standards and technical documents to life. You will have access to more than 230 national and international standards, recommended practices, technical information reports, and other resources covering sterilization, dialysis, biological evaluation of medical devices, quality systems, and medical equipment.

New Beyond Clean episode available now
This week’s episode on Beyond Clean, the free podcast for SPD and CS professionals, features Don Williams, manager of sterile instrument processing at the Northwest Region at Kaiser Permanente. Don discusses how he entered the sterile processing field, IAHCSMM chapter success, challenges in centralized processing for ambulatory surgery centers, and his vision for improvements.

 

Issue 46 – 11/21
Scientists try first gene editing in the body
Scientists have tried to edit a gene inside the body in an attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to cure a disease. The patient, 44-year-old Brian Madeux, suffers from Hunter syndrome, which causes frequent colds and ear infections, distorted facial features, hearing loss, heart problems, breathing difficulty, skin and eye problems, bone and joint problems, bowel issues, and brain and cognition problems.

FDA approves first digital medicine system
Proteus Digital Health and Otsuka Pharmaceutical won FDA approval for the world’s first digital medicine system. ABILIFY MYCITE is a drug-and-device combination product comprised of Otsuka’s oral aripiprazole tablets embedded with an ingestible sensor.

Tesla restores power to Puerto Rico children’s hospital
Recently, Tesla used its solar and battery technology to restore power to San Juan’s Hospital del Niño (Children’s Hospital). Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September, leaving the island completely without power.

Joint Commission recognizes 15 hospitals, health systems for contributions to quality data reporting
The Joint Commission recognized 15 hospitals and health systems for their contributions to measuring quality through the organization’s Pioneers in Quality program.

Sterile processing careers on Indeed
To assist sterile processing professionals in their careers, NewSplash will link to job postings. If you are looking for a new position or know someone who would like to start a career in sterile processing, head on over to Indeed and see where it can take you.

Nominations open for IAHCSMM executive board candidates
Nominations are now being accepted for two leadership positions on the IAHCSMM Executive Board for 2018. The positions are president-elect and secretary/treasurer.

IAHCSMM conducting endoscope survey
The Education department of IAHCSMM is conducting a brief endoscope survey to help identify processing education needs and provide information regarding endoscope reprocessing. The deadline to participate in the survey is December 6, 2017.

IAHCSMM issues call for posters
Are you feeling creative? Do you have valuable information you would like to share with other CS professionals? IAHCSMM invites you to submit a poster presentation for the IAHCSMM Annual Conference and Expo.

NewSplash newsletter archive now live
You asked for it and we’re happy to announce that we have created an archive of every issue of NewSplash. Be sure to check it out on the Ultra Clean Systems website.

 

Issue 45 – 11/14
Dying boy saved with genetically altered skin
A young boy who was dying from a rare, inherited connective tissue disease was treated with genetically engineered skin cells that replaced most of the skin on his body, saving his life. The disease, called epidermolysis bullosa, prevents the outer layer of the skin from binding to the inner layer, causing extremely painful blisters to form all over the body.

Joint Commission: More hospitals adopting, reporting electronic clinical quality measures
More hospitals are adopting and reporting electronic clinical quality measures to boost quality improvement, according to The Joint Commission’s 2017 annual report.

Scientists make breakthrough on superbug-killing antibiotic teixobactin
Scientists working to develop a new antibiotic have made a significant advance by producing two simplified synthetic versions of teixobactin which are equally as potent at killing superbugs, such as MRSA, as its natural form. Teixobactin is a recently discovered natural antibiotic which many scientists believe could lead to the creation of the first commercially viable new antibiotic drug in 30 years.

New! Sterile processing careers on Indeed
To assist sterile processing professionals in their careers, NewSplash will link to job postings beginning this issue. If you are looking for a new position or know someone who would like to start a career in sterile processing, head on over to Indeed and see where it can take you.

New technology provides powerful method for studying neural circuits
Researchers at Brown University have developed a new technology called trans-Tango that allows scientists to discover connections between pairs of neurons and study how they act together. This is crucial for understanding perception, motion, memory, and behavior, especially as they relate to neural diseases, their causes, and potential treatment.

NewSplash newsletter archive now live
You asked for it and we’re happy to announce that we have created an archive of every issue of NewSplash. Be sure to check it out on the Ultra Clean Systems website.

New Beyond Clean episode now up
This week’s episode on Beyond Clean, the free podcast for SPD and CS professionals, features Keerthi Kanubaddi, founder and CEO of ReadySet Surgical. Keerthi offers his thoughts on challenges with vendor managed inventory (VMI), what’s working and what is not with VMI in sterile processing, roadblocks to efficiency and compliance, adoption rates for VMI technology, and solutions.

 

Issue 44 – 11/7
Iridium kills dinosaurs and cancer
Researchers have discovered that cancer cells can be targeted and destroyed with a compound of organic material and iridium, the metal in the asteroid that caused the extinction of dinosaurs. Iridium, the second densest metal, kills cancer cells by filling them with a deadly version of oxygen, without harming healthy tissue.

Abbott launches smartphone-compatible insertable cardiac monitor
Abbott has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the Confirm Rx Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM). Confirm Rx is the first and only smartphone-compatible ICM designed to help physicians remotely identify cardiac arrhythmias.

Halyard Health sponsoring SPD grant
Halyard Health is accepting entries for the Sterile Processing Department (SPD) Center of Excellence grant. The purpose is to recognize facilities that go above and beyond to ensure patient safety.

Could lifelong flu protection be on the way?
A team from the Nebraska Center for Virology combined centralized ancestral genes from four major influenza strains, and the result appears to provide broad protection against the ailment. In the study, mice protected by the unconventional vaccine survived exposure to lethal doses of seven nine widely divergent virus strains, while mice that received higher doses didn’t even get sick.

New system maps images from inside the heart
Acutus Medical announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared AcQMap High Resolution Imaging and Mapping System and the AcQMap 3D Imaging and Mapping Catheter. The AcQMap System combines ultrasound and electrical tissue conduction mapping to create a live view inside the heart.

Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018
Would you like to know what technology hazards may be putting your patients at risk, and what you can do to prevent it? The ECRI Institute released its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards Solutions Kit for 2018 list.

NewSplash newsletter archive now live
You asked for it and we’re happy to announce that we have created an archive of every issue of NewSplash. Be sure to check it out on the Ultra Clean Systems website.

Beyond Clean
This week on Beyond Clean, the free podcast for SPD and CS professionals, the hosts speak with Mary Ann Drosnock, manager of clinical education for endoscopy with Healthmark Industries. Topics in this episode include an AAMI overview, background and update on ST91, and flexible scope reprocessing.