Sterilization and Infection Control News Update - September 2016

We're happy to present you with this month's collection of top industry related news and articles. Enjoy!
September 5, 2016

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


Sterilization Methods for Medical Device Packaging

Packaging World – 25 July, 2016

The sterilization method has to be compatible with the medical device and the packaging. Read a review of the different methods of coming with the equipment clean.

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Health Officials Urge Patients of Memphis Dentist to Get Hepatitis, HIV Testing

The Commerical Appeal – 25 July, 2016

After a Memphis dental clinic was closed  because of unsanitary conditions, health officials are encouraging thousands of patients to get tested for hepatitis B and C and HIV as a precaution.

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Surgery Can Be Safe in Nations With Scarce Resources – 17 August, 2016

What are the minimum standards for performing surgeries in nations with scarce resources? According to Doctors Without Borders who performed nearly 20,000 procedures over an eight-year period all you need is: essential items such as water, a blood bank, electricity, sterilization equipment and a postanesthesia care unit.

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Here's When You Need to Tell FDA About a Modification

MDDI – 11 August, 2016

FDA sets out to clarify when it needs to be informed of modifications and software changes made to medical devices.

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6 Red Flags That Your Nail Salon Isn’t Hygienic Enough – 28 March, 2016

Do you have an autoclave? This article suggests that you need to ask this question.

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6 New Plastics For Cars, Electronics & Medical Devices

Design News – 15 August, 2016

New plastics aimed at cars, electronics, and electrical components, plus medical devices, medical tool sterilization and cleaning, or pharmaceutical production.

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FDA Issues Safety Reminder on Endoscope Reprocessors

P&T Community – 17 August, 2016

Health care facilities should be using alternatives to System 83 Plus devices.

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Guess How Many Zika Cases Showed Up At The Olympics?

NPR – 26 August, 2016

So far, it's looking like predictions from computer models were pretty much spot on: Zika wasn't a big threat in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics.

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Preventing "Dirty Instruments" At The Point of Use

LinkedIn – 10 September, 2016

Working together is very important when it comes to reprocessing of medical devices. Read this very important article by Donna Swenson.

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Ew! Beauty: How To Prevent And Treat Nail Fungus – 07 September, 2016

Along with summer’s heat, humidity, and other sweat-inducing qualities comes a ton of gross beauty problems. From dry, cracked feet to ingrown hairs and chafing, there’s a lot that can hold you back from living the confident poolside life you’re destined to lead. But don’t worry this article explains how to fix all these matters.

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Health Care Initiatives That Help Both Patients and the Planet

The Energy Collective – 9 September, 2016

For many developing countries green solutions are a way to bypass traditional infrastructure. A solar autoclave is an alternative where there's no electrical infrastructure.

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Who is to blame for Superbug Deaths'Changing the Game a Little' in Medical Packaging

Packaging Digest  – 07 September, 2016

Computer Designs Custom Thermoforming’s forte is designing packaging using almost any material, says Chuck Ortwein, account executive.

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Windsor Regional Hospital Looks to $500K Steam System to Solve Sterilization Issues

cbc news –  08 September, 2016

Windsor Regional Hospital is purchasing a new $500,000 steam system in an effort to solve its ongoing sterilization issues at its Ouellette campus.

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Lawyers: No Recourse for DMC Dirty Instrument Patients

The Detroit News – 12 September, 2016

Read what happens to a surgery patient who comes into contact with unsterilized surgical instruments.

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A New Microbial Challenge in the Intensive Care Unit

Popular Science – 06 September, 2016

A new study show how the infection control world is shifting focus on maintaining ecological harmony in patients. Very interesting read.

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Duendoscope ToolHospital Ready in 3 Weeks

Medicine Hat News – 13 September, 2016

A new hospital, a new medical device reprocessing department.

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