Latest Sterilization and Infection Control News Update - November 2016

We're happy to present you with this month's collection of top industry related news and articles. Enjoy!


Implementing a Comprehensive Endoscope Reprocessing Program

Infection Control Today – 18 October, 2016

Several studies and media reports have linked outbreaks of multi-drug resistant organ-isms (MDROs) to endoscopes without any findings of reprocessing breaches.

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Detroit Medical Center not Likely to Fix Itself

The Detroit News – 15 October, 2016

Will turning over the cleaning of instruments to a private contractor stop an 11 year failure to reprocess?

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Chinook Regional Hospital Delays Elective Surgeries Due to Residue on Instruments

Global News – 03 November, 2016

Alberta Health Services has postponed over two dozen elective surgeries at Chinook Regional Hospital citing residue found on some surgical instruments.

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Flying Eye Hospital Returns Home for Flight Festival Before Retiring to Arizona Museum

Long Beach Post – 02 November, 2016

The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 was ushered into retirement by Orbis, an international non profin organization fighting blindness, unveiling of its third-generation Flying Eye Hospital in June of this year. It had been in operation since 1994 serving as the group’s traveling classroom, flying to developing countries and providing hands-on training to local eye-care professionals.

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New Focus on Hospital Errors Aims to Correct Problems

Martinsville Bulletin – 30 October, 2016

Every weekday morning, a 20-member team gathers at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital to talk about everything that went wrong the day before. Each patient fall, employee needle stick, central line infection, medication error, unanticipated death is picked apart until a portrait of the culprit emerges.

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Dental Mistakes Can Cause a Patient to Suffer Serious Injuries

Davis & Davis – 28 October, 2016

A legal perspective on dental mistakes.

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Surgery overseas leaves her infected and in agony

Chicago Suntiems – 20 November, 2016

A woman that undergoes cosmetic surgery gets infected due to poor sterilization in the OR. This is avoidable.

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Viral Hepatitis - CDC Recommendations for Specific Populations and Settings

CDC – 03 November, 2016

November was Diabetes and HepatitisB awareness asf month in the USA.

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Hundreds of Patients Warned after Surgery Equipment Cleaning Malfunction at Lions Gate Hospital

Global News – 23 November, 2016

Hundreds of patients who had surgeries at the Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver earlier this month are being warned after a malfunction in the cleaning equipment that processes instruments used in the hospital’s operating rooms.

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The future of 3D printing for the medical industry is only limited by the imagination



Considerations for Sterilization and Biocompatibility of 3-D Printed Orthopedic Devices

MDDI – 10 October, 2016

Sterilization techniques have developed side by side with medical developments. 3D printing is posing a whole new challenge to sterilization. Read this article to learn about these challenges.

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Duendoscope Tool3D Printed Medical Equipment Raises Questions

Vision Tiemes  – 2 November, 2016

As with any product used in the medical industry, the ability to clean and sterilize the material is crucial — better patient outcomes rely on it. 3D printed medical devices will necessitate the same rigorous cleaning standards, but they will require some flexibility in how it’s done. Radio frequency welding is one popular method of sterilization for medical and pharmaceutical companies.

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Farewell Medica 2016

Time flies and Medica 2016 already seems like a distant memory. We had so much fun this year and we’d like to share our experience with you!

Our booth displayed Tuttnauer’s autoclaves, sterilizers and decontamination equipment. This year we showcased three new innovations:

  1. The GS Line — Double Door Pass-Through Autoclaves
  2. New 2540EKA-Q — an affordable class S autoclave
  3. Tuttnauer WiFi Connect real time updates of autoclave data directly to your Smartphone

We hope to hear from you before MEDICA 2017. There are several ways you can keep in touch: Drop an email to one of our regional managers, they are always happy to help. Our service department is here for our customers. If you’re just interested in following us we encourage you to visit our social media channels: Facebook and Linkedin company pages, where you can follow the latest industry trends and also the latest developments at Tuttnauer. And last but not least is our blog, where you are served with industry related quality content.

Once again, thank you everyone who visited our stand this year and we hope to see you next year. We invite you to share your experiences and photos from Medica with us. You can comment below or drop a note at [email protected].

Here’s a gallery of pics from Medica 2016:


Introducing the PlazMax, Low Temp H2O2 Sterilizer

We’re happy to share with you our latest PlazMax plasma sterilizer video.

What is the PlazMax sterilizer?

Reprocessing heat and moisture sensitive items requires the use of low-temperature sterilization technology. The Plazmax sterilizer uses hydrogen peroxide to sterilize heat and moisture sensitive medical instruments. It is designed for Hospitals’ Central Processing departments (CSSD or SPD), Gastroenterology & Respiratory Endoscopy Clinics.

This video is a short introduction to the Plazmax. For a in-depth overview of the Plazma low heat sterilizer and the technology behind it, check out Tuttnauer’s product page.



Invitation to Tuttnauer Booth at Medica 2016


Dear Partners,

We continue to innovate in the world of sterilization & infection control, raising the level for safe, reliable and efficient sterilization devices.

New products that we will present at Medica 2016


GS Line – Double Door Pass-Through Autoclaves
155 Liters & 245 Liters | 1 StU & 2 StU

  • More affordable for facilities with limited budget
  • Narrow design for facilities with limited space
  • Simplified design for low maintenance


New 2540EKA-Q
More Affordable Class S Autoclave

  • Bacsoft Control System – Color display in many languages
  • USB for recording cycle data to USB memory device
  • Classic manual door


Tuttnauer WiFi Connect
Autoclave real-time data on your Smartphone

With Tuttnauer WiFi Connect you can see all your autoclave
information in real-time on your smartphone.
Just connect your autoclave to a WiFi router and download the app to your smartphone (Android).

The information you can see:

  • Autoclave status
  • Pressure & temperature
  • Real-time values
  • Errors messages
  • Cycle parameters

Connect to an unlimited number of autoclaves.


We look forward to seeing you amongst our visitors at the exhibition.

Ran Tuttnauer
CEO Tuttnauer Ltd.