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NewSplash Archive – September 2021

Issue 37 – September 27, 2021

SPD Reprocessing Star scholarship challenge
We have been busy in our kitchen cooking up the next great IAHCSMM scholarship challenge. Do you have what it takes to be a star? We’re searching for the next SPD Reprocessing Star. Tell us by entering the SPD Reprocessing Star scholarship challenge. Explain your recipe for success in your SPD, how the ingredients interact with one another, and your favorite method of cooking everything to assist your colleagues and ensure patient safety.

Time Isn’t on Our Side: Making the Most of Our Sterile Processing Minutes by Hank Balch
“How many trays should a technician process in an eight-hour period?”

Ever hear that question before? Sure you have. It’s one of the hottest questions on the internet, forums, and consulting projects in the sterile processing industry today. Typically it’s regarding deeper concerns over productivity and benchmarks, which I cover in more depth in a previous article in this series. But there’s an assumption in the question itself that is worth diving into a little deeper.

Breakthrough infections explained
We have all heard the term breakthrough infections, as it has been dominating headlines and discourse lately. While we know it refers to people who are fully vaccinated contracting COVID-19, many questions remain, such as are breakthrough infections to be expected, how well do the vaccines work, and more.

FDA authorizes booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for certain populations
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose, to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series…

Johnson & Johnson announces real-world evidence and Phase 3 data confirming strong and long-lasting protection of single-shot COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.
Johnson & Johnson announced new data reinforcing the strong and long-lasting protection of its COVID-19 vaccine. New data also showed that protection against COVID-19 increases when a booster shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is administered.

Pharmaceutical companies developing COVID-19 pills
Pharmaceutical companies Merck and Pfizer are preparing to report on clinical trial results for experimental COVID-19 antiviral pills. Competing companies Enanta Pharmaceuticals, Pardes Biosciences, Novartis, and Shionogi say they have antiviral pills that specifically target COVID-19, which they hope will reduce or eliminate known safety issues and avoid the need to take multiple pills per day.

Register now for AAMI virtual conference
The AAMI/FDA/BSI International Conference on Medical Device Standards and Regulation will be held virtually on October 18–20, 2021, with expanded program sessions. The conference offers many sessions covering digital health, in vitro diagnostic standards and regulations, quality systems, risk management, regulatory standards harmonization, emerging technologies, and much more.

2021 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo
Due to pandemic-related developments, IAHCSMM has canceled the in-person Conference & Expo in Columbus, Ohio. From the beginning of the planning stages for this conference, IAHCSMM has planned a virtual conference option, and that will still take place from October 15–28 as planned.

Beyond Clean rewind
Orthopedic screw caddies are commonly used in healthcare facilities. This episode of Beyond Clean from Season 7 features Terry McAuley, director of STEAM Consulting Pty Ltd, who discusses the effects of repeated reprocessing on single-use screws in screw caddies. The Australian study discussed in this episode will shed some light on different perspectives on single-use, single-packaged implants.

 

Issue 36 – September 21, 2021

I Don’t Have Time to Write by Sarah B. Cruz
What do the words today, tomorrow, and later have in common? They are all time-related terms that we use to describe things we will do. Listen, I get it. We are busy people. With all the responsibilities of our full-time central sterile demands, when can we really find time for anything? We just don’t have the time to become industry writers.

But what if that wasn’t the case? Time is just a construct, right? Yeah, no. Time is a very real restriction on a lot of the efforts we want to place into our writing; however, I suggest the radical idea that we have the time, but we don’t prioritize writing.

CDC to invest $2.1 billion to improve infection control
The federal government will invest $2.1 billion to improve infection prevention and control activities across the U.S. public health and healthcare sectors. The Biden-Harris Administration, working through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is investing American Rescue Plan funding to strengthen and equip state, local, and territorial public health departments and other partner organizations with the resources needed to better fight infections in U.S. healthcare facilities, including COVID-19 and other known and emerging infectious diseases.

Pfizer trial shows COVID-19 vaccine safe, effective for children aged 5 to 11
Pfizer and BioNTech announced results from a Phase 2/3 trial showing a favorable safety profile and robust neutralizing antibody responses in children 5 to 11 years of age using a two-dose regimen of 10 µg administered 21 days apart, a smaller dose than the 30 µg dose used for people 12 and older. The antibody responses in the participants given 10 µg doses were comparable to those recorded in a previous Pfizer-BioNTech study in people 16 to 25 years of age immunized with 30 µg doses.

How resistant germs transport toxins at molecular level
Micro-organism resistance to antibiotics in particular is a major problem in everyday medicine. This has seen the number of resistant microbes increase exponentially. As a result, infections that appeared to already have been eradicated using modern drugs now once again pose a potentially fatal threat to humans.

Register now for AAMI virtual conference
The AAMI/FDA/BSI International Conference on Medical Device Standards and Regulation will be held virtually on October 18–20, 2021, with expanded program sessions. The conference offers many sessions covering digital health, in vitro diagnostic standards and regulations, quality systems, risk management, regulatory standards harmonization, emerging technologies, and much more.

2021 IAHCSMM Conference & Expo
Due to pandemic-related developments, IAHCSMM has canceled the in-person Conference & Expo in Columbus, Ohio. From the beginning of the planning stages for this conference, IAHCSMM has planned a virtual conference option, and that will still take place from October 12–28 as planned.

Beyond Clean rewind
In this episode from Season 7, William Bryant discusses getting onboarding right and building it into a competency-based model. Onboarding in sterile processing has serious implications and the dangers of a poor onboarding process range from low job performance and satisfaction to patient harm.