Sterilization and Infection Control News Update - April 2017

We're happy to present you with this month's collection of top industry related news and articles. Enjoy!
April 30, 2017

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


Turkey Introduces New Standards for Medical Waste Control

Lexology – 6 February, 2017

The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization of Turkey recently adopted the new regulation on control of medical waste.

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Children’s Hospital Fails Federal Surgical Inspection

The Detroit News – 27 March, 2017

Children’s Hospital of Michigan failed a late January inspection conducted by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as part of a broad investigation into dirty surgical instruments at Detroit Medical Center hospitals.

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Detroit Medical Center Submits Corrective Action Olan on Sterile Surgical Problems

Modern Healthcare – 27 March, 2017

Detroit Medical Center has received federal approval for a corrective action plan in response to a surprise inspection in January in which Medicare hospital quality inspectors found numerous violations of federal infection control and patient safety rules.

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Trouble Keeping Up With the Not-So-Daily Responsibilities in Your Dental Practice?

Dentistry IQ – 3 April, 2017

There's no denying the To Do lists for dental team members can be endless, and the not-so-daily chores can get pushed to the back burner. Here's how to keep that from happening and making sure all items are covered.

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Medford parents Now Have Choice for Wind Instrument Sterilization

Wicked Local – 21 March, 2017

Medical instruments must be sterilized but do wind instruments need to be sterilized in between users? Interesting question.

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Sterilization Issue Put 2016 Windsor Regional Hospital Budget In The Red – 7 April, 2017

Windsor Regional Hospital is dealing with a $5-million operation deficit.

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Image removed.CDC Chief Fears a Deadly Superbug’s Spread – 21 April, 2017

Public health officials have a lot on their plate now: Outbreaks of measles and flu, soaring deaths from opioid overdoses, funding cuts.

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Food Packaging Design: How to Comply with Food Processing Methods?

Packaging Innovation – 10 April, 2017

Food packaging, evidently, needs to be as safe as it is appealing. Food processing methods greatly determine packaging requirements, including sterilization, and, hence, food packaging designs.

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High Pressure: Uses for Pasteurization

Food Safety Magazine – 04 April, 2017

High hydrostatic pressure technologies are used in numerous applications, from preparing ceramic composites for aircraft, industrial diamond production, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, and, more recently, for pasteurizing food.

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Sterilization Monitoring: The Front Line of Infection Prevention

3M Science – 04 April, 2017

Hospital officials are warning heart surgery patients that they may have been exposed to bacteria due to sterilization problems with medical equipment.

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New Guide Supports Cleaning Protocols for Reusable Medical Devices

OHS Online – 11 April, 2017

In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerted FDA about a potential association between multi-drug resistant bacteria and duodenoscopes, and FDA's investigation showed that infections were occurring despite confirmation that the users were following proper manufacturer cleaning and disinfection or sterilization instructions.

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Pharmacists should also care about sterilization.



Pharmacist Convicted of Racketeering, Fraud in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

CNN – 23 March, 2017

A Pharmacist was acquitted on 25 counts of second-degree murder in connection with a deadly 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak. Sixty-four patients in nine states died in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak.

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Duendoscope ToolNECC Trial Witness: Framingham Pharmacy Failed to Sterilize Equipment

Rare  – 24 January, 2017

A former New England Compounding Center employee testified that a key piece of equipment in the clean rooms, which were supposed to be sterile, were not regularly cleaned even as drug production increased tenfold.

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