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.

New ASTM International Guide Supports Proper Medical Device Cleaning


ASTM International’s committee on medical and surgical materials and devices (F04) approved a new guide that seeks to improve the cleaning of medical devices. The standard provides methods for simulated soiling of reusable medical devices for the purpose of improving cleaning instructions.

The guide (F3293) offers methods for how to identify clinically relevant areas of the device to soil, time allowed for the soil to dry, and other procedures.

“This provides guidance on applying test soils to medical devices to simulate clinical use,” says ASTM International member Ralph Basile, vice president of marketing and regulatory affairs, Healthmark Industries Co.

Basile noted that the guide includes information on the design of the device, material composition, and other challenges to cleaning the device, particularly in worst-case scenarios.

Medical device manufacturers, testing labs, and regulatory agencies will be the primary users of this standard. Healthcare facilities might also find it helpful to better understand how manufacturers validate their cleaning instructions.

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