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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.

Anita Sawyer Honored by ASTM International Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices Committee

Anita Sawyer, independent biocompatibility consultant, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, was honored with the Patrick G. Laing Award by ASTM International’s medical and surgical materials and devices committee (F04).

An ASTM International member since 1998, Sawyer was honored for her significant and outstanding contributions in the field of medical and surgical devices.

Sawyer has served as an independent biocompatibility consultant since her retirement last year, having previously held positions with BOC Group-Ohmeda Medical, Cordis Corporation-A J&J Company, and Becton Dickinson. She holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in biology from Bridgeport University, and a Ph.D. in pathology and toxicology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry at Rutger’s University.

In addition to ASTM International, Sawyer is a member of the Society for Biomaterials, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Society of Toxicology (SOT), and the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP).

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