During the current pandemic, many of us are concerned about proper use of cleaning solutions, especially for disinfecting surfaces. Testing disinfectant concentration prior to use is critical to ensure solutions work as expected. Serim manufactures a number of easy to use and affordable testing products for the many commonly used sanitizers including chlorine and QAC solutions. Information about these products can be found on our food safety and sanitizer page. Our Chlorine 100 – 750 ppm test (product code 5161) is recommended in an independent study of testing for chlorine solutions used in Ebola treatment centers: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0152442.
QAC solutions are commonly used in many industries and many are included on the EPA List N for COVID-19 Disinfectants
Our tests are available through many major distributors around the world; please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for distributors in your area. Small orders of these products can be made through many online retailers.
The AAMI ST79 (2017) guidelines describe requirements for daily verification testing of washer-disinfection and ultrasonic cleaners. These guidelines state that cleaning verification tests should respond to multiple interdependent factors of the cleaning process such as enzyme concentration and activity, cycle time, temperature and mechanical action (cavitation). This study looked at how different cycle times, temperatures and detergent (or lack of detergent) affect the PASS/FAIL response of the PINNACLE Monitor for Automated Cleaning (AEC).
This study showed there is not a standard set of conditions and the end user will need to test both detergent concentrations and equipment settings (time and temperature) to determine optimal cleaning conditions. PINNACLE AEC requires both enzyme activity and cavitation to show PASSing results. Cycle time and temperature affect PASS/FAIL results.
Evaluation of Ultrasonic cleaners using PINNACLE Monitor for Enzymatic Cleaning (AEC)
Serim is celebrating our 30th year Anniversary this year. Over the next few weeks we will add some data about the number of test strips we have manufactured for various industries that we serve. Last year, we manufactured over 47 … Continue reading
A recent study (2016) reviewed at a variety of options for testing chlorine solutions used in Ebola settings. The authors concluded that our Chlorine 100 – 750 ppm test (Serim product code 5161) was their preferred option. This study by E. Wall et al was titled “Accuracy, Precision, Ease-Of-Use, and Cost of Methods to Test Ebola-Relevant Chlorine Solutions”. It can be found at: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0152442
Product information can be found at: https://www.serim.com/product/16/100-750-ppm-Chlorine
The US FDA recently identified more than 600 medical devices that are potentially impacted by recent sterilization facility closures. More information about these devices and next steps can be found at: https://www.emergobyul.com/blog/2019/04/us-fda-identifies-hundreds-device-types-affected-sterilization-facility-closures?utm_source=RADAR&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Email-RADAR
For the second consecutive year, Becker’s Hospital Review has named the Serim Monitor for Automated Enzymatic Cleaning as one of the top 100 infection control products to know (reprocessing section). The complete list with be published in the May/June issue of Becker’s Clinic Leadership and Infection Control. https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/lists/100-infection-control-products-to-know-2019.html
In 2019, Serim Research is celebrating our 30th anniversary. We will have a number of promotions during the year as a thank you to all our customers. Please visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information.
Todays’ Becker’s Clinical Leadership and Infection Control Newsletter (4/20/18) summarized the results of two recent studies indicating the current reprocessing methods do not effectively sterilize many scopes. https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/study-71-of-endoscopes-still-contain-bacterial-growth-after-reprocessing.html
The January 26, 2018 Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control newsletter listed our PINNACLE Monitor for Automated Cleaning as one of their 100 Infection Control Products to Know for 2018 (see the Reprocessing section). https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/lists/100-infection-control-products-to-know-2018.html.
Information about this product can be found on the Central Service page of our website: http://www.serim.com/products_overview.aspx?fid=6
We have added a new Iodine test strip to our Food Safety and Sanitation line of test strips. This test is designed to test Iodine/Iodiphore sanitizing solutions through the 0 – 100 ppm range. Information about this product can be found at: http://www.serim.com/product_detail.aspx?pid=18
The October 2017 issue of the Healthcare Purchasing News highlights a number of important changes in the updated AAMI ST79 comprehensive guide titled “Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities”. One significant change affects the overall quality control efforts in Sterile Processing departments, specifically with the frequency of monitoring automated cleaning equipment. According to this article, “It is now recommended that mechanical cleaning equipment be monitored daily and the results be documented.” (Sections 22.214.171.124 and 13.2) This article indicates the “ST79 states that, Methods of verification include: a) directly testing individual instruments for residual soils; b) employing a test device that is a consistent and repeatable challenge to the cleaning effectiveness of the equipment; and c) monitoring critical parameters to evaluate the performance of the mechanical cleaning equipment.”
This article also discusses recommendations for manual cleaning solutions. “With manual cleaning, it is important that cleaning agents be appropriately diluted” and “When using an automated chemical delivery system/device or sink proportioner, the automated doser should be routinely verified or calibrated.”(Section 7.6.3)
With these updated guidelines, many hospitals and surgery centers may need to evaluate both cost and performance of their current cleaning verification tests. Increasing testing frequency will dramatically increase cost based on the price of some products. In addition, performance of cleaning verification products should be reviewed to ensure they effectively evaluate all critical parameters affecting overall cleaning performance as recommended.
Please see our PINNACLE™ Monitor for Automated Enzymatic Cleaning Process (PINNACLE AEC) product page to learn more about our cleaning verification test for use in both washer-disinfectors and ultrasonic cleaners and our PINNACLE Monitor for Manual Enzymatic Cleaning Process (PINNACLE MEC) product page to learn about our test for manual cleaning solutions.
There has been a wide range of advances in the technology for cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing medical instruments and equipment. While not new, ultrasonic cleaners have become more advanced, leading to more effective cleaning of even the most complex and delicate medical instruments. Continue reading
We recently added four additional detergents to our PINNACLE Manual Enzymatic Cleaning Test (MEC) validated detergent list. Our PINNACLE MEC test is used to determine the presence of active enzymes in manual cleaning solutions prior to cleaning of medical instruments. Please see our PINNACLE MEC product page for more information and the validated detergent list
An international customer recently made us aware of a potential counterfeit version of Serim’s Residual Peroxide Test in China. This FAKE version (pictured below) is NOT manufactured by Serim Research and should be immediately discarded. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions or for an authorized distributor in your country. Please see our website for the authentic Serim product – https://serim.com/product/2/Peroxide.
April and May 30th Anniversary Promo
During April and May we will be discounting our PINNACLE™ product line 15 % for new U.S. customers. Please mention “PINNACLE Anniversary Promo” when placing your order to receive this discount (this offer applies to new US customers and excludes holders).
Interested in more information about this product line? Please visit us in booth #251 at the IAHCSMM Annual Conference in Anaheim (April 29 & 30). We will also be displaying this product line at the Indiana Federation of Ambulatory Surgical Centers (April 26) and the Michigan IAHCSMM spring chapter meeting (May 16)
Serim Research will be attending the following national and regional events in 2019.
Please stop by if you are interested in learning more about our products and meeting our staff.
National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists (NANT) Annual Symposium
- March 19 – 22
- Las Vegas
- NV Booth # 403
Northeast Ohio Central Service Association (NEOCSA) spring meeting
Central Indiana IAHCSMM Chapter spring meeting
- March 30
- Indianapolis, IN
Indiana Federation of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (IFASC) spring conference
IAHCSMM National conference and expo
- April 28 – May 1
- Anaheim, CA
- Booth # 251
Food Safety Summit
Michigan IAHCSMM chapter meeting
Association of the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Exchange
- June 7 – 9
- Cleveland, OH
- Booth # 905
National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA) Annual Conference
- October 2-5
- Huntington Beach, CA
Fall IAHCSMM chapter meetings TBA