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
The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) held its annual conference April 27 – May 1, 2019 in Anaheim, California. A record-breaking total of 1,540 Central Service/Sterile Processing (CS/SP) professionals attended the five-day event. The conference theme was “A Fresh Perspective” and attendees were provided with information to enhance existing skills, develop new skills and network with the goal of developing a fresh perspective on the field of sterile processing.
How critical is the, as generally “semi-critical” classified, use of heat-sensitive flexible endoscopes? That question has preoccupied the specialist organizations and many authors since the documented cases of infection caused by contaminated and therefore infectious, i.e. inadequately reprocessed, duodenoscopes in the USA. Unfortunately, to our knowledge there are only very few scientific epidemiological and comprehensive studies which are not case studies or single case reports.