“Hospital Personnel Must Demand Validated IFUs” – HPN May 2016

The May issue of Healthcare Purchasing News (HPN) has a very powerful piece on the need for validated cleaning IFUs for all of your surgical instruments (http://www.hpnonline.com/inside/2016-05/1605-FastForeward.html). The article is especially important for you and your staff as you constantly strive to ensure clean, sterile, moisture-free instruments for every patient, every time.  According to HPN:

  • To ensure device cleaning, disinfection and sterilization effectiveness, SPD staffers should use VALIDATED IFUs provided by manufacturers.
  • Device manufacturers should provide VALIDATED IFUs to their healthcare organization customers so they know how to clean, disinfect and sterilize products effectively to prevent patient infections from improperly reprocessed devices.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stipulates in its guidelines that device manufacturers validate the design, functionality and end-user operation of the devices they make, including reprocessing instructions (IFUs).

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Finally, ‘Validated Clean’ Kerrison Rongeurs For Every Patient, Every Time

Surgeons, O.R. nurses, reprocessing personnel, and instrument manufacturers have long known that conventional Kerrison Rongeurs are the dirtiest, most difficult instrument to decontaminate and clean in a neuro-surgical case. Now, with the introduction of the world’s only ‘flushable’ Kerrison Rongeur, and the use of the innovative Tempest Washer, there is no need to disassemble, manually clean, and reassemble the Kerrison for effective reprocessing.

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NBCNews.com: Are hospitals using dirty surgical tools?

A new report suggests doctors across the country are using surgical tools contaminated with blood and other debris and because the FDA doesn’t require hospitals to report it, many incidents are unknown. NBC’s chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

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Source: NBC Today Show, Feb. 22, 2012