Becker’s Healthcare recently hosted a webinar that discussed a number of important considerations for using ultrasonic cleaners to clean medical instruments. One important item discussed was verifying the cleaning process including the detergent, water temperature and water quality. A number of products are available for verifying the cleaning process and our PINNACLE AEC test was designed to specifically respond to all critical aspects of cleaning: enzymatic detergent concentration and activity, wash cycle time, wash cycle temperature and mechanical action. This provides a more complete verification of the entire cleaning process than the commonly used cavitation test. Our PINNACLE MEC test can also be used with ultrasonic cleaning units to determine the presence of active enzymes in the detergent solution. This test provides a method to determine when a solution should be changed rather making the subjective determination to change the solution because it looks visibly soiled.
A summary of topics included in this webinar can be found at: http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/trust-but-verify-the-importance-of-sonic-cleaner-verification.html
We will be attending two national trade shows this year. Stop by and visit us at IACHSMM in Nashville (booth #119) and APIC in Portland (booth 468) to learn more about our products for Sterile Processing, High Level Disinfectants and water quality testing products.
Healthcare Purchasing Online recently addressed the frequency of testing automated instrument cleaning units in their November on-line Q&A column. In addition to discussing the current guidelines for the frequency of testing, they also mentioned the importance of the enzymatic detergent chemistry along with wash time, temperature and water chemistry. In addition to the frequency of testing, it is also important to know the cleaning monitors/performance tests are affected by chemistry, water temperature, wash cycle and mechanical action of washer disinfectors and ultrasonic cleaners.
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
Outpatient Surgery magazine recently posted an article about top products useful for fighting surgical site infections. The second item included items for improving manual cleaning of surgical instruments. Our Manual Enzymatic Cleaning Monitor (MEC) can be used during manual cleaning of surgical instruments to determine if there are active enzymes in your enzymatic cleaning solution .
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food is now final, advancing FDA’s efforts to protect foods from farm to table by keeping them safe from contamination during transportation.
Serim Research will be attending the 2016 IAHCSMM National Conference and Expo in San Antonio TX, April 24 – 26. Stop by and visit us at vendor booth #534 to learn more about our products for verifying instrument reprocessing, testing HLD solutions and general sanitation assurance testing and how these products can help reduce SSI and HAI’s at your hospital and surgery center.
Healthcare Purchasing News published information about the “Best Practices for Instrument Processing” in their August 2015 issue. This article reviews new products available to aid in monitoring the cleaning of surgical/medical instruments and includes the PINNACLE product line from Serim Research. This article can be found at: http://www.hpnonline.com/inside/2015-08/1508-CS-SterilityAssurance.html