Staying Positive During the Pandemic

The good news for patients in need of outpatient surgery is that, across the country, health care providers and policymakers have recognized that elective surgery is not the same thing as optional surgery and are allowing ASCs to remain open to provide this care.

Handling of Explanted Medical Devices Addressed in AORN’s Revised Guideline for Specimen Management

SP professionals must manage explants safely and properly any time a request is made to sterilize an explanted device, such a screw, hip, plate and so on, for return to the patient.

Disinfection Methods – Straightforward or Complicated?

With all the different cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing processes that go on inside of hospitals, I find disinfection to be the most complex and complicated among them.

Steam Sterilization Standard ST79 Receives Community-Driven Update

After three years, a widely used standard in health care and industry has undergone an important update.

For ambulatory surgery centers looking for more efficient and simplified ways to perform orthopedic foot and ankle surgeries and help reduce errors, the Medline Unite Cannulated Screw System is available for use in corrective procedures and fracture repairs. Medline launched the newly designed system of implants and instrumentation at the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association’s 2014 annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

Medline Unite is a unique system in which the implants and instrumentation are not only color coded so staff can easily match the size of the screws with the corresponding instruments, the contents of the tray system are organized in the order in which each item is used by staff during the procedure. This intuitive design makes the procedure more efficient for the surgical staff and surgeon and reduces the likelihood of errors. The implants are made of an advanced titanium alloy, which meets the stringent standards of the International Organization for Standardization.

For more information about the Medline Unite Cannulated Screw System, visit



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