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Patient infections related to endoscopic procedures have been repeatedly reported in recent years. This has led to ongoing debates whether the current practice of cleaning and disinfection of semi-critical thermolabile endoscopes is sufficient for eliminating the high microbial load after use of the devices.
We have a saying in the UK, “today’s newspaper is tomorrow’s fish and chip wrapper” and it’s perfectly highlighted by the fact that having a Brexit story on the news would now be a welcome change. But very recently the implications of it became once again relevant to our specialist sector.
After SARS in 2003, MERS in 2012, COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) is the third global epidemic of this 21st century. This pandemic shows our vulnerability and our weaknesses in dealing with it. Among our weaknesses the inability to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) (masks, protective gowns, etc.).
That scarcity has given rise to initiatives, attempts and experiments aimed at reprocessing single-use medical devices.
The protocols and recommendations we have seen emerge in this race against time could not of course meet the standards.
The authors of the letter to the editor comment on the following publication: “False positive results of Bowie and Dick type test used for hospital steam sterilizer with slower come-up ramps: A case study”.
The objective of the mentioned article was to determine if the standardized Bowie and Dick (B&D) type test for hospital steam sterilizers is correctly indicating cycle failures in slower come-up ramps cycles.
That scarcity has given rise to initiatives, attempts and experiments aimed at reprocessing single-use medical devices.
The protocols and recommendations we have seen emerge in this race against time could not of course meet the standards.
Often, there is a need for external persons to work in the Reprocessing Unit for Medical Devices (RUMED); such tasks include technical activities, training, inspections, audits and reference visits.
With this recommendation the Quality Task Group aims to create awareness of the role of “external persons” with regard to occupational health and safety and hygiene.
In sterilization departments, manual washing of medical devices is not regulated by any standard.
The control of the preparation of the instruments detergent bath is essentially linked to the quality of the water and detergent distribution system.
Measurement of the conductivity can be used as a control tool of the detergent bath.
A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China on 31 December 2019. That is less than 3 months ago as I draft this. This new corona virus was only given a name on February 11th 2020.
Now many people across the world are working from home where possible, avoiding close contact with others and living in isolation because of this virus that until a few months ago was unheard of.
Hygiene (infection control) means being able to identify and demonstrate risks, thus preventing damage to patients and personnel.
While there are several recommendations for reprocessing flexible endoscope, these do not guarantee effective and safe reprocessing on a universal scale. These recommendations have been issued by specialist societies, state institutions or expert groups with different vested interests and they are of variable practical relevance and have different objectives.
The focus of this study is to investigate different process challenge devices (PCDs) for narrow lumens used within a small steam steriliser.
The point of a PCD or medical product simulator (MPS) is to find out whether a product, in this case a steriliser, works as required or not.
The goal of this study is to identify the weak points within the PCDs which are currently available on the European market.
The most important analyte used to verify the cleanliness of a medical device after a cleaning process is protein [1, 2]. There are a variety of different Assays to test for protein, the most commonly used Assays are based on ortho-phthalaldehyde (OPA) and bicinchoninic acid (BCA) [2]. In this study 42 different cleaning detergents from 14 different manufacturers were tested for their potential to influence the output of these Assays.
The members of the Institute of Decontamination Sciences (IDSc) held their annual conference as usual in early December, but on this occasion at a new venue in Hinckley, Leicestershire.
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