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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.

RTI Surgical Announces First Implantation of Unison-C Anterior Cervical Fixation System

RTI Surgical Inc. has announced a limited launch of the Unison-C System, an anterior cervical fixation system. The first human implantation of the Unison-C System took place during an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) procedure in February. The Unison-C System will expand RTI Surgical’s hardware portfolio into the growing standalone interbody market.

The Unison-C Anterior Cervical Fixation System is indicated for stand-alone anterior cervical interbody fusion for the treatment of degenerative disc disease at a single level of the spine from C2 to T1 in skeletally mature patients. The implant consists of an intervertebral body device made of PEEK-OPTIMA from INVIBIO Biomaterial Solutions with an integrated locking mechanism and two screws. The Unison-C System is designed to be used with autograft and/or allograft.

This standalone device is contained and secured within the disc space, alleviating the need for supplemental fixation, such as an anterior plate and screws. In order to improve surgical efficiency, the system’s instrumentation features an all-in-one implant inserter and guide, which allows surgeons to complete all required steps from insertion to final locking. •

For details, visit www.rtix.com.

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