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.

AAMI Explores Sterilization in Dentistry with New Standards Initiative

AAMIAAMI is exploring a new direction for AAMI guidance and standardization – a joint effort with the American Dental Association (ADA) aimed at developing a steam sterilization standard for dental facilities.

Amanda Benedict, vice president of standards at AAMI, is working with leadership from the ADA to create a new AAMI Sterilization working group focused on creating a steam sterilization and sterility assurance standard specifically for dental practices.

“There are more than 80,000 dental facilities across the country, and many of them are relatively small,” she explained. “These facilities’ sterile processing operations are on a much different scale than those of sterile processing departments within a hospital, for example, and there is a need to provide these facilities with comprehensive recommendations for steam sterilization and sterility assurance that are applicable to the dental facility sterile processing environment.”

The anticipated sterilization standard will draw from the recommendations in ANSI/AAMI ST79, Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities, the preeminent American National Standard for steam sterilization in a health care facility.

The aim, said Benedict, is to “work with a committee of subject-matter experts, including representatives from dentistry, industry and regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to distill the content to what is relevant to dental facilities and include additional specific applicable guidance.”

The AAMI Sterilization working group for the joint AAMI/ADA standard will be starting soon.

“The best time for stakeholders to join these efforts and add their perspectives and expertise to shaping the standards is at the beginning of the work,” said Benedict.

There is no deadline for committee applications, and they will be accepted on a rolling basis. Interested parties, including representatives of clinical practices, academia, regulatory authorities and industry can email to get involved.

ST79 Amendments Coming Soon

The fundamental steam sterilization standard, ANSI/AAMI ST79, is getting four amendments! Visit for instructions on how you can get them.

Call for Papers!

Share your knowledge and make a difference in your field by submitting a paper to AAMI’s peer-reviewed journal, BI&T. Please submit a brief description of your article idea by contacting Editor-in-Chief Gavin Stern at



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