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
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.
Requirements of constant product quality and quality assurance have became more and more important. As the liability issue is now also raised in hospitals about the production of medical products and therefore also of sterile products, the necessity for a well evaluated and documented production process is apparent.

In this new chapter of Jan Huys’ book „Sterilization of Medical Supplies by Steam“, directives and standards for products to be sterilized are described.
When items are sterilized unprotected they soon will be contaminated again by the particles in the air. Usually sterile goods are stored for quite some time before they are used, and moreover they are transported through the hospital to the place they are to be used. Therefore the products must be sterilized inside a packaging in order to prevent contamination after sterilization.

In this new chapter of Jan Huys’ book „Sterilization of Medical Supplies by Steam“, packaging of products to be sterilized is described.
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)
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.
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