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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.

Teleflex Announces Peripheral Procedure Snares U.S. Launch

Teleflex Inc. has announced 510(k) clearance by the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. commercial launch of new versions of its Expro Elite and Sympro Elite snares for manipulating interventional devices in peripheral procedures.

Both the Expro Elite and Sympro Elite snares represent next-generation versions of the 0.035-inch interventional snares originally launched in the U.S. in 2008 by Vascular Solutions, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Teleflex Inc.

The Expro Elite Snare uses a helical loop for capture in all directions. The Sympro Elite Snare uses a 90-degree loop that remains coaxial to the vessel lumen for easy capture. Both snare products feature a preassembled, one-piece design that allows rapid deployment through any 0.035-inch compatible lumen. Both the Expro Elite and Sympro Elite snares are available in 5-, 10-, 15-, 25- and 35-millimeter loop diameters for clinical versatility. Both snares are 150-centimeter in length and are packaged one per box.

Both the Expro Elite and Sympro Elite snares are intended for use in the cardiovascular system and hollow viscus to retrieve and/or manipulate objects using minimally-invasive surgical procedures. Manipulation procedures include retrieval and/or repositioning of intravascular foreign objects such as coils, balloons, catheters and/or guidewires within the cardiovascular system.

The devices are not intended for use in the coronary arteries or neurovasculature.

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