NewSplash Archive – October 2017

Issue 43 – 10/31
Long-awaited ANSI/AAMI ST79:2017 now available
The new ANSI/AAMI ST79:2017 Comprehensive Guide to Steam Sterilization and Sterility Assurance in Health Care Facilities is now available. The guide has been reorganized and is easier to use.

Smartphone quickly detects multiple pathogens on integrated lab-on-a-chip
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Washington at Tacoma have developed a platform to diagnose infectious disease using a smartphone as the detection instrument in conjunction with a test kit resembling a credit card. The system is compact, portable, inexpensive, and fast, delivering results in about 30 minutes.

Neuroscientists use electrical signal to stimulate human brain and improve memory
Neuroscientists at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA have discovered precisely where and how to electrically stimulate the human brain to enhance people’s recollection of distinct memories. The study was conducted on epileptic patients who already had ultrafine wires implanted in their brains to indicate the source of their seizures.

Acing The Joint Commission accreditation surveys
Do you want to ace an accreditation survey from The Joint Commission (TJC)? Of course you do. Paul Kelley, CBET, director of biomedical engineering and the Green Initiative at Washington Hospital, and member of the AAMI board of directors, shares his insights from a recent survey.

The Future of Learning: New Technologies Influencing Clinical Development
New technology is starting to have a dramatic impact on how we educate and develop our healthcare workforce. Technologies such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence have until recently only been associated with gaming and other types of entertainment, but their influence in healthcare is rapidly gaining traction.

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

New Beyond Clean episode available
This week on Beyond Clean, the free podcast for SPD and CS professionals, the hosts speak with guest Rick Wells, President at SolutionWells, LLC, which is a consulting company that engages with hospitals and businesses to help identify and reduce unnecessary costs. They discuss the root causes of instrument damage, custom trays, and the dangers of a business-as-usual environment.

 

Issue 42 – 10/24
We recently had an opportunity to speak with Andreanna “Annie” Vogel, the grand prize winner of our Game of Reprocessing challenge. Annie had some insightful thoughts on the state of sterile processing and where it is heading.

AAMI develops new sterilization certification program
AAMI had developed a new program for Certified Industrial Sterilization Specialists (CISS) to showcase their knowledge of sterilization processing, quality management systems, risk management, and regulatory requirements. CISS program candidates can specialize in any of the three major sterilization concentrations.

Flexible skin for robots and prosthetics can sense shear force
Engineers at the University of Washington and UCLA have developed a flexible sensor skin that can be fitted over any part of a robot’s body or prosthetic to convey information about shear forces and vibration that are critical to grasping and manipulating objects. The stretchable silicone rubber skin is embedded with serpentine channels filled with electrically conductive liquid metal that won’t crack or fatigue when the material is stretched.

Researchers develop single cell level sorting technology using sound waves
A research team from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is studying the interactions between ultrasound and micron-sized objects (e.g. biological cells) suspended in aqueous solutions. The team has developed a highly accurate single cell lever sorting technology using a focused sound wave beam.

CDC report shows low influenza activity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the “Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report,” which states that influenza activity in the U.S. is low across the country and Puerto Rico. Five states (California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and South Carolina) reported local activity, and the rest of the country reported either sporadic activity or no activity.

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 41 – 10/17
We recently asked Game of Reprocessing challenge IAHCSMM scholarship recipient Carol Stebbins, CST, CRCST of St. Lucie Surgery Center a few questions about her background and her thoughts on sterile processing. Here’s what Carol had to say.

Hospital group enlists drones to transport lab samples
U.S.-based drone delivery startup Matternet recently partnered with a hospital group in Switzerland to establish a drone delivery network for medical supplies. The hospital group will use the drones to transport lab samples between facilities, allowing them to avoid traffic delays when working with medical samples that require timely attention.

APIC creates two versions of The ABCs of Antibiotics flyer
The CDC estimates that at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 die from these infections. To help combat antibiotic resistance, APIC created two version of The ABCs of Antibiotics flyer: one for consumers and one for healthcare professionals.

Surgeons can now view CT, MRI, and ultrasound scans in 3D
Mountain View, California-based EchoPixel has developed a technology that uses a patient’s CT, MRI, or ultrasound scans to generate a hologram that can be manipulated, shared, or saved for future reference. Their True 3D software platform uses special hardware consisting of a monitor, stylus, and a pair of glasses.

FDA clears new robotic surgical system for adult patients
The FDA cleared the new Senhance System by TransEnterix Surgical for use on adult patients. The Senhance System allows surgeons to sit at a console that provides a 3D, high-definition view of the surgical field.

Hurricane Maria disrupts medical device industry
When Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico and devastated the island, she also disrupted the medical device industry. Puerto Rico is home to about 30 medical device manufacturers that produce everything from heart valves, pacemakers, and defibrillators to advanced cancer diagnostics.

FDA to launch digital health pilot program
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has selected nine technology and device companies, including Apple, FitBit, and Johnson & Johnson, to participate in a pilot program intended to fast-track health software. The focus is on assessing the makers of software and not individual products so the FDA can streamline the review process to help bring digital health products to market faster.

MASPP to host seminar and vendor fair Saturday
MASPP’s Fall Seminar and Vendor Fair takes place this Saturday, 10/21, at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. The event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and features several guest speakers, in addition to the vendor fair.

 

Issue 40 – 10/11
International CS Week is here
All of us at NewSplash and Ultra Clean Systems would like to extend our gratitude to all CS professionals and acknowledge your commitment to patient safety. It all begins with you.

Game of Reprocessing scholarship recipients
NewSplash and Ultra Clean Systems would like to thank everyone for your thoughtful entries in our Game of Reprocessing challenge. It took some time and careful consideration, but we managed to agree on the recipients of the IAHCSMM scholarships and the facilities to acknowledge.

Hospitals have a new weapon in the war on deadly HAIs
Hospital facilities now have a new weapon in the war against deadly hospital-acquired infections—a textile that cleans itself. Scientists developed the specially engineered textile in a device that’s used on hospital doors in place of the traditional aluminum door plate that people push to open doors.

Printed medications can change pharmacies, research, and patient care
Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a technique for printing pure, precise drug compounds onto microneedle patches, ingestible strips, and nearly any other drug delivery device, enabling them to combine multiple drugs for patient-specific regimens. These multidrug delivery devices would be produced inside pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals.

A drone is watching your baby
Researchers at the University of South Australia have successfully used drones to monitor heart and breathing rates in people ranging in age from two to 40 by using advanced image-processing systems. The researchers would like to apply this technology to help reduce infection in neonatal care in developing countries.

Evidence-based success for HAI reduction using UV disinfection
Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) affect thousands of lives each year as well as cost health care facilities precious dollars. Hear from one patient on his experience with C. diff and from Alice Brewer, Director of Clinical Affairs at Tru-D SmartUVC, on how UV disinfection can help reduce the incidence of HAIs in your facility.

Plant substance inhibits cancer stem cells
The plant Ambrosia arborescens grows at a high elevation in large parts of South America, and is traditionally used as a medicinal plant. The researchers have isolated components from the plant and studied its effect on cancer stem cells in three different breast cancer cell lines.

Monthly scholarship opportunities from CROSSTEX/SPS Medical
CROSSTEX/SPS Medical supports educational development and competency based certification for sterile processing personnel. To this end, they are pleased to award a monthly scholarship to qualified applicants of the CBSPD, Inc.

FDA approves first test for screening Zika virus in blood donations
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the cobas Zika test, a qualitative nucleic acid test for the detection of Zika virus RNA in individual plasma specimens obtained from donors of blood and blood components, and from living organ donors. It is intended for use by blood collection establishments to detect Zika virus in blood donations, not for the individual diagnosis of Zika virus infection.

 

Issue 39 – 10/3
Thank you to everyone who entered our Game of Reprocessing challenge. We are evaluating all the entries and all we can say is wow!

Sterile processing challenges in infection control
Sterile processing professionals have demanding jobs and often the environment contributes to the challenges they face every day. There are many variables that need to be in place for an SPD professional to successfully complete the job at hand.

Molecular robot capable of building molecules
Scientists at The University of Manchester have created the world’s first so-called molecular robot that is capable of performing basic tasks, including building other molecules. The microscopic robots are one millionth of a millimeter in size and can be programmed to move and build molecular cargo using a tiny robotic arm.

Researchers use MRI contrast agent to pinpoint cancers
Case Western Reserve University researchers are testing a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent that pinpoints breast cancers at the early stages and indicates whether the cancer is slow growing or aggressive. The new gadolinium-based agent is safer and more efficient, requiring a dose 20 times smaller that is easily flushed from the body and leaves no accumulation in tissues.

Researchers demonstrate 3D printing of biomaterials directly onto body
Researchers from the University of Minnesota are presenting at the 2017 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROC) in Vancouver, Canada, a system that 3D prints objects directly onto a moving human body. The system is intended to put down layers of biomaterials that have been developed in recent years but have been limited because they had to be made on a printer then transferred to the skin.

CDC issues updated guideline to prevent SSIs
The CDC has issued updated recommendations for the prevention of surgical site infections (SSIs). The new guideline replaces one from 1999 and is the first SSI guideline from the CDC to use current evidence-based methods instead of expert opinion.

Beyond Clean podcast Episode 8 now online
Episode 8 of the free Beyond Clean podcast is now available. Beyond Clean is a new podcast for SPD and CS professionals that delivers in-depth discussions and commentary with professionals in the surgical instrument reprocessing field.

AAMI offers free checklist to prevent HAIs
AAMI is offering a free resource, Checklists for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections: Key Considerations for the Purchase and Use of Reusable Medical Devices, to help reduce the likelihood of transmitting disease and subsequent HAIs. The checklists are designed to be filled out as electronic PDFs or printed and filled out by hand.