Sterilization and Infection Control News Update - July 2016

We're happy to present you with this month's collection of top industry related news and articles. Enjoy!
Tuttnauer Product Experts
July 11, 2016

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


Huntington Hospital Faces Up to Infection Crisis

Whittier Daily News – 16 June, 2016

Almost every hospital encounters complicated and serious needs to improve sterilization, expecially endoscope sterilization. How do hospitals deal with the crises?

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UPMC, AHN Fined for Illegal Dumping of Medical Waste

Trib Live – 21 June, 2016

Medical waste from hospitals needs to be treated before it enters the general waste stream, essentially sterilized.

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It's Not Easy Running A Hospital Without Running Water

NPR – 23 June, 2016

A third of hospitals in low and middle income countries may not have running water all the time.

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Healthcare Plastics and the Circular Economy

3BL Media – 23 June, 2016

If you’ve ever spent time in a hospital, you probably noticed the massive amounts of materials that were being tossed into trash bins. Sterilization wrap, gowns, irrigation bottles, IV bags, basins, pitchers, trays, rigid and flexible packaging materials are all used once and then thrown away.

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Some Ouellette Campus Operating Rooms Closed – 23 June, 2016

Ouellette campus operating rooms close as a pressure release valve on autoclaves has failed.

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Balancing Clinical, Central Supply Chains a Critical Pursuit

HPN Online – 01 June, 2016

If there is one common and continual complaint about the Supply Chain department from their clinical customers, which, by and large, represent general, surgical and critical care nurses, it’s not just about product choice, evaluation and selection.

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Textiles Used in Hospitals and Medical Offices – Germs Don’t Stand a Chance

Medica Magazine – 01 June, 2016

Many textiles in hospitals can potentially transmit germs. Specific procedures to treat the textiles could help to reduce transmission.

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Department: Why Facilities Fail Without CS/SPD Support Staff

LinkedIn – 05 July, 2016

Weston Hank Balch is here to remind us that Sterile Processing is not just technology, it's all about the people who operate and manage it. This well written article raises some difficult question.

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Image removed.First Ever Biosafety Report Details 199 Mishaps with Toxic Agents

KFGO – 30 June, 2016

The Federal Select Agent Program, which oversees dangerous substances such as anthrax and bird flu in federal, academic and private labs, reported 199 incidents in which lab workers were potentially exposed to infectious or toxic agents in 2015.

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Analysis of 1976 Ebola Outbreak Holds Lessons Relevant Today

National Institutes of  Health – 29 June, 2016

In 1976 the Ebola outbreak laste 11 weeks and 280 deaths reported. In the current outbreak there were 11,310 outbreaks and it lasted over 2 years. Annnnalysis of the 1976 Ebola outbreak teaches us some lessons relevant for today.

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Do More of What Already Works

LinkedIn – 6 July, 2016

How a 5 step checklist saved 1,500 lives and 75$ million.

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Who is to blame for Superbug DeathsAn Inside Look at a Hospital Located in an Airplane

Travel+Leisure – 04 July, 2016

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a flying hospital! And in case you were curious, yes of course there's a sterilization area in this airplane hospital. The flying hospital has everything needed to perform six to eight eye surgeries for kids a day. Tuttnauer salutes the initiative of giving eyesight to kids in developing countries.

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The First Transparent 3D-printed Skull Has Been Successfully Implanted

Extreme Tech –  27 March, 2016

As medical technology advances the variety of materials that need to be sterilized grows. This 3D-printed skull is made of a plastic material polyetherketoneketone (PEKK, a thermoplastic) and is heat resistant which makes it suitable for high temp sterilization in an autoclave.

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Sterilization Blunder at Edmonton Clinic Puts Hundreds of Patients at Risk of Hepatitis

Global News – 18 July, 2016

Health officials say improper sterilization of equipment at a north Edmonton clinic may have put nearly 300 people at risk of Hepatitis B and C.

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Sterilization in Dentistry is Extermly Important



Something did Change: New CDC Documents Streamline Dental Infection Control

RDH Magazine – 17 June, 2016

These documents make doing what is right so much easier, as well as give dentists more information on compliance and a compliance program for their office.

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Duendoscope ToolFort Bliss: Chambers Dental Clinic Patients Possibly Treated with Unsterilized Instruments

ABC – 23 June, 2016

When dental clinic patients are treated with unsterilized instruments often no one gets infected but the price the clinic pays is still high.

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Dentist who Ran Medicaid Billing Scam, Exposed Patients to Viruses Gets 6-month Home Arrest

Raw Story – 14 July, 2016

A former Oklahoma dentist was sentenced on Thursday to six months’ home confinement for a federal money-laundering charge stemming from complaints his unsanitary practice exposed at least one of his patients to hepatitis and could have exposed thousands to HIV.

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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.

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