Tag Archives: Sterilization

Donna Swenson: At the Intersection of Science and Perception

April 22, 2015

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Earlier this spring, I had the opportunity to represent AAMI at a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting on personal protective equipment (PPE) for use in treating the Ebola virus. Though I’m not an expert in infectious disease, I think I have a good understanding of the issues involved in protecting oneself from exposure to highly […]

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Mary Logan: We Need Science, not Scapegoats, in Sterility Assurance Debate

March 24, 2015

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“How clean is clean enough?” has resurfaced as a pressing question in medical device reprocessing because of national media coverage of superbug outbreaks involving contaminated duodenoscopes. While the intense media interest is new, the issue itself is not. Over the past several years, a number of hospitals have had to send sobering letters to patients […]

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Michele DeMeo: Why Professional Conferences Matter

May 8, 2014

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As a former manager for a sterile processing unit and a private consultant, I have had the unique privilege of having both presented and attended sessions at various conferences over the years. Professional conferences have so many advantages and just a couple of challenges. The benefits so far outweigh any negative, I cannot recommend them […]

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Jeanine Beisel: Going Behind the Scenes in a Modern Hospital

November 25, 2013

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I recently had the opportunity to participate in a tour of the University of Maryland Medical Center. The tour was organized by AAMI member Inhel Rekik, senior clinical engineer at that facility, and Cliff Bernier, a director in the AAMI Standards Department.  I’ve worked on webinars about central sterile processing (CSP) and others healthcare technology […]

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Susan Gillespie: A ‘Must-Read’ on Reprocessing

September 19, 2012

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It has been nearly a year since the AAMI/FDA Medical Device Reprocessing Summit, and several new AAMI work items that came out of the summit are under way: A small group has been working hard all year to draft new technical information report (TIR) on endoscope reprocessing. And this fall, AAMI will begin work on […]

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Michele DeMeo: A Challenge to Sterile Processing Managers

July 20, 2012

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CJD: Have you challenged your policy and procedure? Yes, we have. The occurrence of prion or transmissible spongiform encephalopathy contamination, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), is a once in a lifetime event — if it occurs at your facility.  However, if it does, it is likely to be one of those events that just could be […]

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Mary Logan: How You Can Improve Reprocessing

April 27, 2012

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What’s your role with the management of scopes? At a minimum, you are probably following The Joint Commission’s request that you inventory them. Attendees at last October’s AAMI/FDA Medical Device Reprocessing Summit contributed tips and lessons learned that led to a list of 10 Things Your Organization Can Do Now to Improve Reprocessing. The tips, […]

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Martha Young: Follow Recommended Practices With Steam Sterilization

March 15, 2012

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Not too long ago, I had discussions with operating room nurses, infection preventionists, and sterile process personnel who say their management does not think their institutions needs to follow the recommended practice in ANSI/AAMI ST79:2010 & A1:2010 & A2:2011 (consolidated text), Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities, because they do not […]

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