Tag: Sterile processing

AAMI guidance covers sterile processing of dilators, ultrasound probes

Editor's Note A new guidance document covering the entire process for the selection, labeling, and sterile processing of dilators and ultrasound probes is available from The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). Released April 17, AAMI TIR99:2024; Processing Of Dilators, Transesophageal And Ultrasound Probes In Health Care Facilities…

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By: Matt Danford
April 29, 2024
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Editorial: Perioperative leaders push teamwork, communication at 2024 AORN Expo

Left sniffling and sneezing after a whirlwind 4 days at my first AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo in Nashville, Tennessee, I had more on my mind than whether the term “conference-acquired infection (CAI)” was officially part of the medical nomenclature, much less whether any studies had been done. I…

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By: Matt Danford
April 19, 2024
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New EPA standards to reduce ethylene oxide emissions

Editor's Note New standards from The Environmental Protection Agency promise to cut nationwide emissions of ethylene oxide—employed to sterilize more than half of US medical devices—by more than 90 percent. According to a March 15 MedPage Today report, the aim is to reduce cancer risk among the 13 to 14…

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By: Matt Danford
March 18, 2024
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Managing immediate use steam sterilization

Immediate use steam sterilization (IUSS, a standard steam sterilization cycle with little to no dry time) is considered safe for patient care when the processes recommended in Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) standards and AORN guidelines are followed. IUSS is a valuable option in an emergency. Lack…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, FCS, ACE, CHL, CIS, CRCST, AAMIF
January 23, 2024
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New water quality standard released by AAMI

Water is a major component of medical device processing. It is used in cleaning solutions, rinse water, and to generate steam for sterilization. Because of its crucial role in medical device processing, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) determined it was necessary to upgrade the Technical Information…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, FCS, ACE, CHL, CIS, CRCST, AAMIF
November 15, 2023
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Pre-conference: Offsite Facility Tours—Experiential Education

Editor’s Note  The OR Manager Conference commenced this week with a variety of pre-conference events, including an experimental educational offsite tour to TriStar Centennial Medical Center and the Vanderbilt Case Cart Operations Center in Nashville, TN. The first tour featured the newly-renovated TriStar Centennial Medical Center Advanced Joint Replacement Institute,…

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By: Bridget Brown
September 18, 2023
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OhioHealth partners to double healthcare graduates, address staff shortages

Editor's Note As staffing remains a top point of concern for healthcare leaders, OhioHealth, Columbus, Ohio, and Columbus State Community College, announced a partnership to invest $120 million into training healthcare professionals in five fields on June 27. The joint venture will double the number of students in nursing, surgical…

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By: Lindsay Botts
June 27, 2023
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Effect of alcohol flush on endoscope channel drying, microbial outgrowth

Editor's Note This study by researchers at Steris, Mentor, Ohio, finds that flushing flexible endoscope channels with reduced concentrations of alcohol may prevent microbial outgrowth while reducing drying time. Among the findings: Flushing endoscope channels with isopropyl alcohol (70%-30% concentration) prevented Pseudomonas aeruginosa outgrowth during storage. A 70% alcohol concentration…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 22, 2023
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The role of infection prevention when auditing SPD

Infection preventionists (IPs) play a vital role in healthcare, especially in the sterile processing department (SPD), where preventing infection and cross-contamination is paramount. As infection prevention advocates, SPD personnel are responsible for ensuring that surgical instruments and other medical devices are properly sterilized and free of harmful microorganisms before use.…

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By: Angela Lewellyn, LPN, CRCST, CER, CHL
May 23, 2023
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Effectiveness of alcohol flush, drying cycles of AERs

Editor's Note This study, led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, finds that air flush cycles used in automated endoscope reprocessors (AERs) may not adequately dry endoscope channels, particularly narrow air/water channels. Endoscopes were reprocessed per protocol with a 3-minute or 10-minute air flush following reprocessing.…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 24, 2023
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