At the World Forum Congress Centre in The Hague the focus over those days was on medical device reprocessing – over 1,800 delegates from around the world had turned up to attend the World Congress.
Rigid sterilization containers are designed as a sterile barrier system to preserve the sterility of the enclosed contents. Although they are claimed to have a lengthy life span, it is a concern the sealing capability along the gasket seal because wear and tear may compromise the sealing capability.
Part 9 of the publication Requirements for Construction or Reconstruction of a Reprocessing Unit for Medical Devices (RUMED) focuses on the supply/process media for a reprocessing unit for flexible endoscopes.
It serves as guidance for new construction or reconstruction of a RUMED for flexible endoscopes with regard to the technical requirements to be met for the supply and disposal of the different media needed.
The German Society of Sterile Supply (DGSV e.V.) Congress on medical device reprocessing was held from 2 to 4 October at its usual venue, the Esperanto Congress Centre in Fulda.
This year’s congress broke a new record with over 1000 delegates in attendance and 32 lectures on offer.
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Cleaning is of essential importance in the framework of reprocessing flexible endoscopes. Only properly cleaned endoscopes can be disinfected safely and
provide an adequate hygienic status assuring the safety of the next patient.
Before Gabriel Gutkind inaugurated the 10th Panamerican congress, we met during a pre-congress with the topics: “Medical Devices” and “Vascular implants”.
An explanatory commentary is needed on the publication “Reprocessing bronchoscopes – is it time for a change?” ...
Reusable device processing can be defined as activities to prepare a new or used device for its intended use. Processing steps can include cleaning, disinfection, and/or sterilization, depending on the device criticality. The types and levels of residual clinical soil (e.g., blood, tissue, bone, mucus) found on these devices following patient procedures can vary considerably depending on their clinical and surgical use.
The conference was introduced by the chair of the club, Val O’Brien with the news that next year’s conference dates had already been set and that it would be in Stratford-upon-Avon on the 30th to the 31st March 2020. As part of her opening address she relayed some interesting facts about Manchester although given the that it was April fool’s day, some delegates seemed unsure as to which facts were true and which were made up. But indeed, it is true that William Cowherd from Salford near Manchester is credited with first advocating the theory of vegetarianism in the UK!
Authors: T. Ohishi*, R. Fushimi
The cleaning result in an automated washer disinfector (WD) can be assessed by measuring the cleanliness of the surgical instruments after washing, but visual inspection does not give a quantitative result. Moreover, the method for measuring residual protein on surgical instruments is unsuitable for onsite evaluation because it is not rapid.
Wayne Spencer reported on a study with process challenge devices (PCDs). Four detergents were tested in four machines straight from the factory. First, Edinburgh Test Soil as per ISO 15883-5 was used, combined with a commercially available swabbing method, in each case with a full and half-full load. Spencer explained that the Edinburgh Test Soil
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