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NewSplash Archive – September 2017

Issue 38 – 9/26
Does your SPD have what it takes to claim the throne? Find out by entering the Game of Reprocessing challenge. Entries are flying in as if carried by Rhaegal.

PENTAX Medical launches new duodenoscope with disposable elevator cap
Duodenoscopes are notoriously difficult to disinfect, largely due to the elevator mechanism. To aid in reprocessing duodenoscopes, PENTAX Medical engineered a new duodenoscope with a disposable elevator cap.

Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico
This hurricane season has produced a series of unusually intense storms that have killed dozens and affected millions. Hurricane Maria destroyed much of Puerto Rico and left the entire island without power.

Hospital design can help prevent spread of antibiotic-resistant infections
A new dissertation from Lund University in Sweden argues that hospital design and infection control routines should adapt to a society that no longer has effective antibiotics and is vulnerable to fast-spreading pandemics.

Medgadget interviews molecular testing company CEO about aging test
Telomeres are stretches of DNA at the ends of chromosomes, and they are now used in a new, commercially available genetic test that is designed to help people better understand how well they are aging. The test is called TeloYears and was developed by Telomere Diagnostics (TDx), co-founded by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who was one of three Nobel Prize winners in 2009 for her work on the subject.

WHO confirms the world is running out of antibiotics
A World Health Organization (WHO) report, Antibacterial agents in clinical development—an analysis of the antibacterial clinical development pipeline, including tuberculosis, shows a critical lack of new antibiotics being developed to combat the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance. Most drugs currently available are modifications of existing classes of antibiotics and are short-term solutions.

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.


Issue 37 – 9/19
Does your SPD have what it takes to claim the throne? Find out by entering the Game of Reprocessing challenge. Entries are flying in as if carried by Rhaegal.

New Beyond Clean podcast episode available now
A new episode of Beyond Clean, the free podcast for SPD and CS professionals, is available now. Episode 6 features our own Tom Overbey who provides greater detail about the Game of Reprocessing challenge, as well as discussion on a range of other salient topics.

First comes Harvey, then comes Irma…
Following Hurricane Harvey’s battery of Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Irma unleashed her fury on Florida and Georgia. Now Hurricane Maria is poised to cause catastrophic damage to Puerto Rico, likely as a Category 4 hurricane.

The 2 most effective operating room practices to reduce SSIs
Prioritizing patient skin and wound hygiene, and tracking and reporting patient outcomes are the most effective operating room practices to reduce surgical site infections, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

New malaria drug proves effective
Researchers at Tulane University have developed a new drug that is effective against nonsevere cases of malaria. In the FDA-supervised clinical trial, the drug, called AQ-13, cleared the parasite responsible for the disease within a week, matching the efficacy of the most widely used treatment.

Pneumonia drug succeeds in late-stage trial
In a clinical trial, an experimental antibiotic for treating community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) met the goal of the first of two late-stage studies. Nabriva Therapeutics’ drug, lefamulin, proved to be as effective as the commonly used antibiotic moxifloxacin.

New distance record set for medical drone transport
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have set a new delivery distance record for medical drones. In this study, the team successfully transported human blood samples across 161 miles of Arizona desert in a three-hour flight.

Regular exposure to disinfectant puts healthcare workers’ health at risk
A recent study using data culled from more than 55,000 individuals participating in the U.S. Nurses’ Health Study II has determined that those who work extensively with disinfectants are at significantly greater risk of contracting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). To narrow the research into disinfectant exposure, Orianne Dumas, PhD, and colleagues focused on nurses who had no history of COPD and followed them for eight years.


Issue 36 – 9/13
The season is upon us and the response to the Ultra Clean Systems’ scholarship has been tremendous. Two worthy individuals will be awarded scholarships to IAHCSMM in 2018.

New Beyond Clean podcast episode for SPD/CS professionals available now
Beyond Clean, the podcast especially for SPD and CS professionals, delivers in-depth discussions and commentary with professionals in the surgical instrument reprocessing field. Episode 5 featuring an interview with Patrick Dotts about SPD/OR temp staffing is available now.

First comes Harvey, then comes Irma…
Following Hurricane Harvey’s battery of Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Irma unleashed her fury on Florida and Georgia. At the moment, Hurricane Jose does not appear to be a threat to the U.S., but he serves as a reminder of the lingering danger throughout the rest of this hurricane season.

Boosting PPE compliance: This simple switch can improve patient, staff safety
Hospitals are placing more emphasis on reducing healthcare-associated infections amid the emerging threat of antibiotic-resistant pathogens and growing financial penalties from government payers for high infection rates.

Many Florida hospitals evacuated for Hurricane Irma now reopening
Many Florida hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities that were evacuated in advance of Hurricane Irma are now returning to normal operations. Many facilities served as shelters for high-risk patients, and they are now being discharged.

Researchers find a way to erase certain fear memories
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have devised a method to selectively erase particular fear memories in mice by weakening the connections between the nerve cells involved in forming these memories. Sights, sounds, and scents can trigger fear if that stimulus is associated with a traumatic event, such as a car accident.

Medical camera sees light through the body
Scientists at The University of Edinburgh have developed a camera that can see endoscopes through the body by detecting sources of light inside the body, such as the illuminated tip of an endoscope’s flexible tube.


Issue 35 – 9/5
Podcast for SPD/CS professionals launched
Beyond Clean is a fresh new podcast specifically for SDP and CS professionals. Each episode features an in-depth discussion with a professional in the surgical instrument reprocessing field who provides commentary on issues facing sterile processing professionals, facilities, administrators, manufacturers, and vendors.

Ultra Clean Systems announces scholarship
Last issue, Ultra Clean Systems announced a scholarship to send two worthy individuals to IAHCSMM in 2018. The response has been extraordinary and we can’t be more excited to see all the entries for the Game of Reprocessing challenge.

Sterile processing: How hospitals can maintain patient safety amid an ever-changing field
An aging patient population and an increasingly consumer-driven healthcare environment fuel the demand for quick, convenient surgical procedures. The tools used in these procedures are more sophisticated than previous generations of medical instruments—meaning they are also more difficult to effectively clean.

FDA approves new antibacterial drug
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Vabomere for adults with complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI), including the kidney infection pyelonephritis, which is caused by a specific bacteria. Vabomere contains meropenem, an antibacterial, and vaborbactam, which inhibits certain types of resistance mechanisms used by bacteria.

Using anti-prions to treat prion disease shows promise in animal model
Researchers used a nontoxic, self-replicating anti-prion to prophylactically inoculate prion-infected animals, and they discovered it delayed or even completely prevented the development of clinical symptoms of brain damage. The researchers set out to test whether an artificial, nonpathogenic misfolded protein-like form could “self-propagate and outcompete with the replication of the pathogenic prion strain,” thus delaying or preventing the disease onset.

The Joint Commission suspends survey activity for accredited facilities in Houston area
Due to the severity of damage and flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and surrounding areas, The Joint Commission is temporarily suspending survey activity to those customers severely affected by the storm.