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‘Eye-opening’ OR Webinar Receives High Marks

The February 20 OR Today webinar sponsored by RepScrubs was described as “very interesting” and “eye-opening” by more than one attendee. The session “OR Food for Thought – LITERALLY! What Are We Bringing Into Our ORs and Why?” was presented by Dr. John Kutz, FACS,...

Study: UV Technology Raises the Standard in Disinfecting ORs

Ultraviolet (UV) technology developed by the New York-based firm PurpleSun Inc. eliminates more than 96 percent of pathogens in operating rooms (ORs) and on medical equipment, compared to 38 percent using manual cleaning methods that rely on chemicals to disinfect...

Agiliti Acquires Mobile Instrument Service & Repair Inc.

Agiliti Inc. has acquired Mobile Instrument Service & Repair Inc., the third largest provider, by revenue, of surgical equipment repair services to the U.S. health care industry. The transaction was priced at 11x the company’s 2019 Adjusted EBITDA. “Mobile...

Northwell to Open 4 Cardiac Catheterization Labs

Three Northwell Health facilities – Lenox Health Greenwich Village, Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson and Plainview Hospital – have received approval this month from the New York State Health and Health Planning Council to establish cardiac catheterization labs,...

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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