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.

PENTAX Medical Introduces Next-Generation C2 Cryoballoon Ablation System

PENTAX Medical Company has announced the introduction of the C2 CryoBalloon Ablation System for the treatment of Barrett’s esophagus, a condition in which the lining of the esophagus develops abnormal lesions primarily as a result of chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

PENTAX Medical will feature the next-generation endoscopic cryoablation device at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in Washington, D.C. from June 2–5. DDW is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Separately, the company announced that beginning June 1, the developer of the C2 CryoBalloon, C2 Therapeutics, which it acquired last year, will operate under the PENTAX Medical name.

The C2 CryoBalloon Ablation System is used to destroy unwanted tissue by application of extreme cold. A balloon probe, which is connected to a catheter, comes in contact with the wall of the target tissue. Upon activation by a physician, the balloon probe is simultaneously cooled and inflated with nitrous oxide. The extreme cold eradicates the targeted precancerous or abnormal lesions along the esophageal lining while sparing healthy tissue. The system allows physicians complete control of the procedure under direct visualization of the treatment area during the procedure, which lasts between 15 to 30 minutes.

The new C2 CryoBalloon Ablation System offers several key advantages including the ability to ablate a wide range of patients, enhanced visualization and control, and a new level of efficiency.

“With the C2 Cryoballoon, you can promote your practice as a more comprehensive Barrett’s center with the latest and best treatment options,” said Harshit S. Khara, MD, FACG, FASGE, clinical associate professor of medicine, Geisinger Medical Center.



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