Sterilization and Infection Control News Update - February 2014

We're happy to announce a new monthly post that will provide some top need-to-know industry news spanning the Sterilization and Infection Control Market for labs, medical, dental pharmaceutical and more. We'll dig the net to find the top blogs about autoclaves, interesting tweets talking about infection control, we'll get all the latest trends, conversations, news and reports right to YOU.

Without further ado here's the February 2014 update:


According ECRI poor cleaning of surgical instruments makes top 10 health technology hazards for  2014

4 November, 2013

ECRI Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization that researches the best approaches to improving the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. The 2014 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list raises awareness of the potential dangers associated with the use of medical devices and helps healthcare providers minimize the risk of technology-related adverse events. Although this was published November we find it very relevant for 2014.

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State-of-the-art dental practice, state-of-the-art infection control?

January 2014

Clear and simple guidelines for the dental practice on instrument handling and infection control practices. Does your dentist apply these guidelines?

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ASGE Issues Guidelines for Safety in the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit

February 7, 2014

​Infection Control Guidelines  for safety in the gastrointestinal endoscopy unit

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What do we mean by ‘cleaning’ and ‘disinfection’?

February 5, 2014

This blog post teaches us that clean does not necessarily mean disinfected. It clarifies some common misconceptions. Big like!

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Hospital-Acquired Infections result in $33 billion in additional costs to the healthcare system each year

January 30, 2014

This figure will convince your manager to upgrade your sterilization and infection control equipment and re-think existing practices. 

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A new book about sterilization

Healthcare Sterilisation: Introduction and Standard Practices

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A little off topic, but related to waste management and recycling practices that indirectly affect infection control

Also, we're always in favour of promoting green practices such as recycling.

In their relentless quest to contain costs, hospitals and health systems are examining all areas of their operations for signs of waste, even materials once considered trash.

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Dirty Beds Threatening Infection Control Success

February 6, 2014

Dirty beds are one of the biggest infection threat facing hospitals in Scotland, according to a new report - See more at: 

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Flooring reduces microbial count for NHS

February 11, 2014

Infection control can be reduced also by proper flooring.

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Infection Control Practices Not Adequately Implemented At Many Hospital ICUs

January 29, 2014

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Danica Patrick, Aspen Dental, and Oral Health America come together to deliver free dental care

February 3, 2014

Tuttnauer donates to this worthy cause, read about it and see our autoclave in the mobile dental clinic.

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We invite you to join the conversation share interesting news, exciting tweets, new infection control and sterilization trends with us by sending your suggestions to our editorial board: [email protected] Thanks!!

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the referenced articles and blog posts are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Tuttnauer, the staff, and/or any/all contributors to this site.


Arab Health 2014 - Tuttnauer's Recap

Tuttnauer is committed to advancing quality sterilization and infection control in the Gulf and Middle East. Together with our partners Tuttnauer focuses on localization and building sustainable long-term partnerships to enhance disinfection and sterilization technologies and practices across the Arab world. Arab Health, the largest event in the region, was a great opportunity to meet many leading healthcare professionals and to catch up with existing clients.

Among Tuttnauer's range of products and applications for the CSSD that were showcased in this year's exhibition, we focused on two products: We launched the Elara 9 Class B autoclave and presented a major upgrade of the Plazmax low temperature plasma sterilizer.

We were excited to introduce the Elara 9, a 19 Liter, high-speed Class B autoclave with advanced features including a built-in steam generator, advanced control system, multi-color touch-screen display, a USB connection and many more features that make the Elara 9, the most advanced table top autoclave available to date.

We also presented the latest major upgrade of the Plazmax  low temperature H202 (hydrogen peroxide) plasma sterilizer, which is the preferred technology for sterilizing heat- sensitive and moisture-sensitive instruments. We introduced a new state-of-the-art control system with a multicolor touch-screen display, which performs reliable equipment tracking and maintenance notifications. Automatic vertical sliding door is another new feature controlled with a foot operated kick-switch for hands-free door operation.

Low Temperature Plasma Sterilizer - PlazMax

Advanced Control System with Multi-color Touch Screen

We are looking forward to seeing you at Arab Health 2015 with the latest developments from Tuttnauer and the infection control and sterilization industry! 



Homeless but Not Hopeless: Tuttnauer Aids Women in Aftermath of Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Philippines, creating a serious infection control problem affecting millions of people, with winds gusting at 300 kph, taking the lives of more than 6,000 people, damaging more than one million houses and leaving more than four million people homeless! The storm left a path of death, destruction and distress affecting more than 14 million people. Tuttnauer was able to help in this critical infection control problem.

Super Typhoon Haiyan did not spare the Philippine healthcare infrastructure, leaving unprecedented damage. More than fifty-percent of the hospitals in the affected area were destroyed. Thousands of people with fractures, cuts and other injuries were left waiting for medical care. Besides serious injuries caused by flying debris and collapsed buildings, other diseases emerged due to poor hygiene and clean drinking water.  Diarrhea, dehydration, severe skin infections, pneumonia and tuberculosis became common. 

 A Shot of the Distruction
A shot of the Distruction

Of the 14 million people affected by the Haiyan Typhoon, more than 3.5 million are women of reproductive age.  More than 270,000 pregnant women were at heightened risks from interrupted access to skilled birth attendants and safe birthing facilities. Around 900 affected women are still giving birth every day; 15 per cent are likely to experience potentially life-threatening complications. The UNFPA, in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, set up women-friendly spaces in evacuation centers and affected communities. Hospitainer, a Dutch provider of turnkey mobile medical containers is a safe space for women. This unique mobile hospital was constructed in 3 days, with the capacity to perform 2,000 operations annually. The mobile Hospital consists of an OR, pre- and post OR room, Sterilization Room, Staffroom, Technical room and Lobby and is running on solar power and a back-up generator.
Hospitainer Mobile Hospital with Tuttnauer Medium Size Mobile Sterilization Autoclave

Rolof Mulder, founder and general manager tells: "The need is high, women currently give birth between the rubble, lacking any privacy and medical care. The Hospitainer provides these women a safe, sterile and secure environment where mother and child can receive all the needed medical care. The Hospitainer is equipped with an emergency obstetric clinic so that caesarean sections and other surgical interventions can be carried out”.

All this is not possible without a sterile supply of medical instruments. Tuttnauer's high performance critical contribution easily solved this need with the 3870HSG Class B, Preand-Post Vacuum Autoclave, a washer/disinfector and Ionizer System that together provide full coverage of the facility's sterilization needs. By the end of December the first caesarian section was performed and from then on, daily surgical procedures were performed. 
The first Cesarean performed in the Hospitainer

Rolof Mulder partnered with Tuttnauer and was satisfied with our very quick response to the demand of Hospitainer. The Tuttnaeur 3870HSG autoclave was provided in a plug-and-play configuration, operating independently from utility (no drain and no connected water supply needed, only electricity). It is therefore the ideal autoclave for disaster medical care due to its medium capacity and high performance that fits smaller spaces and its ability to work independent of utilities. The autoclave is equipped with a water saving system that dramatically reduces the consumption of water, a scarce resource when running water isn't available.
At Tuttnauer we always take our projects very seriously, remembering that without a valid autoclave and valid sterility assurance the medical facility cannot function. This specific project gives us extra drive to provide the best solutions available on the market. We are proud to provide life saving technology to the Philippine people, and specifically women, that demonstrated to the world that although they are roofless and homeless they are not hopeless. Tuttnauer autoclaves literally helped save lives against the odds.

About Hospitainer: Hospitainer (1996) is a Dutch company that offers turnkey medical container solutions for disasters and rural areas. The solutions are semi-permanent, mobile or sailing. Clients and partners are  NGO's like the UN, MSF, Red Cross, companies and government. Also solutions for the western market are offered. More info: