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NewSplash Archive – September 2018

Issue 38 – 9/18

The World of Surgical Instruments: The Definitive Inspection Textbook is the go-to resource for step-by-step guidance to proper surgical instrument processing, testing, and inspection. This all-new textbook features more than 1,100 high-resolution teaching photographs and unprecedented knowledge.

OR and SPD professionals are teaming up to take down infections. It’s their mission. Will you be part of the PMF (Possible Missions Force) resistance? More to come…

Conquering the Culture of Catastrophe: Making Changes Before It’s Too Late, part 2 by Hank Balch
It is rare for a sterile processing catastrophe to totally blindside a department or facility. There are almost always warning signs that should have been visible for weeks, months, and even years prior to the emergent eruption of the proverbial Mount St. Helens in the basement of your hospital.

Knowing how we began living inside a culture of catastrophe is only one part of the equation. What do you do once you realize the true dangers your department and your patients are in? How do you turn the ship in time to miss the incoming iceberg? Let’s take a look at two of the most important proactive measures you can take to recover a culture of safety first in your SPD.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The Joint Commission release free new infection control resources
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Joint Commission are releasing new infection control resources for podiatry and orthopedic and pain management settings. As healthcare delivery transitions from acute inpatient settings to outpatient settings, there is a growing need to address outbreak and patient notification events related to lapses in infection control in outpatient settings.

FDA to work with tech industry to spur innovation in digital health
Thanks to digital advances, consumers are now empowered to take more control of their own health information to make better informed decisions about their medical care and healthy living. These advances enable better health outcomes for patients.

XACT Robotics receives CE Mark for robotics navigation systems for percutaneous procedures
XACT Robotics announced that it has received CE Mark approval for its robotics navigation and steering system for image-guided percutaneous procedures, such as ablations and biopsies. The company also announced that it has raised $5 million in round C investment.

Using dogs to detect C. diff?
Infection control teams in the Netherlands and Vancouver, Canada, claimed success in using dogs to sniff out patients with Clostridium difficile (C. diff) from those with other types of diarrhea. Dogs were also used to find the difficult-to-eradicate C. diff spores in hospital rooms being cleaned following treatment of a C. diff patients.

Sign up now for OR Excellence 2018
OR Excellence 2018 will be held at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on October 3–5. At OR Excellence, you will attend workshops and classes on a variety of topics and learn new skills, network with colleagues, receive helpful tips on improving patient outcomes, and more.

Check out Beyond Clean‘s year in review
Beyond Clean is celebrating its first anniversary with their 52nd episode, which also serves as their season finale. Join the celebration this week as the team makes an important announcement regarding a format change for the upcoming year, shares statistics from the past year, and opens an online store.

 

Issue 37 – 9/11

The World of Surgical Instruments: The Definitive Inspection Textbook is the go-to resource for step-by-step guidance to proper surgical instrument processing, testing, and inspection. This all-new textbook features more than 1,100 high-resolution teaching photographs and unprecedented knowledge.

OR and SPD professionals are teaming up to take down infections. It’s their mission. Will you be part of the PMF (Possible Missions Force) resistance? More to come…

Toxic Anterior Segment Syndrome: Are We Ever out of the Woods? by Sara Freiberg
Recently, a surgeon and a sterile processing manager were discussing turnover time for eye instruments. The sterile processing manager shared the instrument process and protocol that her staff performs once a procedure is complete. She shared the importance of point-of-use cleaning (and mentioned that it begins in the OR), manual cleaning, flushing and rinsing, tray preparation, sterilization, inspection, etc.

New surgical robot unveiled
CMR Surgical recently unveiled Versius, its small, portable, and cost-effective surgical robotic system designed to meet the complex requirements of minimal access surgery.

New surgical instrument inspection book is now available
RMPS Publishing has released The World of Surgical Instruments: The Definitive Inspection Textbook, authored by surgical instrument expert, inventor, lecturer, and consultant Rick Schultz. The World of Surgical Instruments is designed to serve as a manager’s go-to guide and technician’s resource, as well as a valuable teaching textbook for nursing and medical school students.

KAIST develops flexible endoscopic surgical robot
K-FLEX is a flexible endoscopic surgical robot developed by the KAIST Future Medical Robotics Research Center. It features two 3.7 mm diameter robotic arms at the end of flexible endoscopes that provide precise control and mini joint design technologies.

Sign up now for OR Excellence 2018
OR Excellence 2018 will be held at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on October 3–5. At OR Excellence, you will attend workshops and classes on a variety of topics and learn new skills, network with colleagues, receive helpful tips on improving patient outcomes, and more.

Check out Beyond Clean‘s year in review
Beyond Clean is celebrating its first anniversary with their 52nd episode, which also serves as their season finale. Join the celebration this week as the team makes an important announcement regarding a format change for the upcoming year, shares statistics from the past year, and opens an online store.

 

Issue 36 – 9/4

The World of Surgical Instruments: The Definitive Inspection Textbook is the go-to resource for step-by-step guidance to proper surgical instrument processing, testing, and inspection. This all-new textbook features more than 1,100 high-resolution teaching photographs and unprecedented knowledge.

Conquering the Culture of Catastrophe: Making Changes Before It’s Too Late by Hank Balch
“Nothing will change around here until something explodes. That’s just the way things are.”

If you’ve ever said or heard things like this about your facility, you may be living in a culture of catastrophe in your sterile processing department. And you’re not alone. This kind of cultural complacency with the idea of potential catastrophe is an all-too-common reality in healthcare at large, and sterile processing in particular. Admitting we have a problem is only the first step. The root causes for the culture must be identified and concrete steps outlined for how to restore our facilities to safe places for patient care.

Olympus and FlexDex announce exclusive distribution agreement
Olympus announced they are the exclusive distributor of the FlexDex Needle Driver in the U.S. FlexDex is a groundbreaking medical device company that extends intuitively controlled articulation to laparoscopic instruments.

Protecting your instruments, understanding the importance of protecting your most valuable assets: Your instrument inventory
This webinar is about the protection of your valuable asset, instrumentation, and understanding the history, design, and the importance of inspection. We will also discuss protection products available to protect instrumentation from damage.

HP and CDC participate in pilot program to test new antibiotics
HP announced that it is participating in a pilot program run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that aims to accelerate testing new antibiotics designed to fight antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. The CDC will deploy new HP D300e Digital Dispenser BioPrinters to four regional labs in the Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Lab Network to bioprint pharmaceutical samples to develop antimicrobial susceptibility test methods for new drugs.

Researchers 3D print prototype for bionic eye
A research team at the University of Minnesota has fully 3D printed an array of light receptors on a hemispherical surface, which is a first-of-its-kind prototype for a bionic eye. The breakthrough could one day help blind people see or give sighted people better vision.

As CWD spreads, public health officials also monitor humans
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an always fatal infectious neurological disease that has spread in deer and elk populations. There is no known link to disease in humans, but public health officials in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Wyoming are monitoring humans for ailments and deaths that could be connected to the prion disease.

Sign up now for OR Excellence 2018
OR Excellence 2018 will be held at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on October 3–5. At OR Excellence, you will attend workshops and classes on a variety of topics and learn new skills, network with colleagues, receive helpful tips on improving patient outcomes, and more.

New Beyond Clean episode is now available
Beyond Clean is celebrating its first anniversary with their 52nd episode, which also serves as their season finale. Join the celebration this week as the team makes an important announcement regarding a format change for the upcoming year, shares statistics from the past year, and opens an online store.