To enable adequate sterilization, instruments need to be cleaned.

In this new chapter of Jan Huys’ book „Sterilization of Medical Supplies by Steam“, the actual cleaning procedure in the sterilization department and the mechanism of the cleaning process are described.
Recommendation from Steri-World 06/2018.

Recommendations by the quality task group (108 – update)

22nd DGSV Congress

News Update from Steri-World 06/2018.

30 September – 1 October 2018 in Fulda

The 22nd Congress of the German Society of Sterile Supply (DGSV) was held once again at its usual venue of the Esperanto Congress Centre in Fulda. In his opening speech to the congress DGSV chairman, Maik Roitsch, thanked the speakers, among others, pointing out that the DGSV was donating 25 euros for each lecture to the INDRENI project, aimed at supporting children in Nepal.
Editorial from Steri-World 06/2018.
The Working Group for Testing Detergents (AG RMT) of the German Society for Hospital Hygiene (DGKH) e.V.), which was set up in 2011, devised and developed a new test method for comparative evaluation of detergents for instrument reprocessing.
Editorial from Steri-World 05/2018.
A unique approach to implementing quality improvement in decontamination practice

Challenge mastered!

Article from Steri-World 05/2018.

2nd SF2S Congress and 4th JIFS International Francophone Sterilization Conference in Marseille, 19 – 21 September 2018
The 14th Swiss Sterilization Conference which once again was held at the Congress Centre in Biel was entitled “Hand in Hand”.
The seventh Health Facilities Scotland’s decontamination seminar was held on the 2nd May 2018 at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel in Glasgow, Scotland (UK). This event was organised by the Scottish Health Service Centre and Health Facilities Scotland (HFS) which are both within NHS National Services Scotland. The seminar was attended by 130 delegates including the support from 18 exhibitors. The delegates came from a range of professional backgrounds including decontamination managers and production staff, decontamination engineers, infection prevention and control nurses, theatre nurses, microbiologists, clinicians, estate managers, researchers and innovators from higher education and the independent sectors.
The most applied sterilisation method in healthcare for sterilisation of medical devices is steam. It is shown in literature, that sterilisation practices today are not completely understood [1, 2]. Literature defines “sterile” as “free of all viable organisms” [3]. Conditions to obtain sterile devices in steam sterilisation are specified in the literature [4] and standards [5]. In practice, however, it is noticed that the duration of a steam sterilisation process varies. Although the literature and standards indicate the success of a process depends on the combinations of the steriliser process, load contents, loading pattern and wrapping [5–7], no literature is found that explains the correlation between the weight of the load and the duration of the process.
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