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How to Properly Clean Surgical Instruments Part II

In Part I of ‘How to Properly Clean Surgical Instruments’ we discussed how important proper, thorough and complete cleaning is when it comes to protecting patients from surgical infections caused by instruments that remain contaminated after reprocessing. Specifically, surgical instruments must be thoroughly cleaned before high-level disinfection and sterilization because...

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How to Properly Clean Surgical Instruments Part I

The cleaning of surgical instruments is defined as the process of removing foreign material (e.g., bioburden, biofilm) from the instruments and is usually accomplished using water with detergents or enzymatic products that are suitable for use. Surgical instruments must be thoroughly cleaned before high-level disinfection and sterilization because inorganic and...

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The Importance of Sterile Packaging Systems on Patient Safety

In previous Elmed blogs we’ve discussed the importance of having clean, sterile, moisture-free instruments for every patient, every time. Achieving this goal is crucial when trying to minimize patient risk and patient harm caused by contaminated instruments and reusable medical devices. CS/SPD reprocessing personnel have always been told that “If...

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A Checklist For Purchasing New Surgical Instruments Part III

The first step in reducing patients’ risk of a surgical site infection (SSI) caused by a contaminated surgical instrument begins with an in-depth assessment of the various brands and options that are available prior to making the final purchasing decision. According to the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation...

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“A Checklist For Purchasing New Surgical Instruments Part II”

The first step in reducing your patients’ risk of a surgical site infection (SSI) caused by a contaminated surgical instrument begins with an in-depth assessment of the various brands and options that are available prior to making the final purchasing decision. According to the Association for the Advancement of Medical...

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FDA’s Validated IFU Requirements For “High Risk” Devices (Part II)

In Part I of this blog (Novo blog number 115, 12/13/19) we pointed out that “The #1 responsibility of everyone involved in reusable medical device processing is to minimize the risk of patient harm caused by a device that remains contaminated with organic debris after processing.” The responsibility to minimize...

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FDA’s Validated IFU Requirements For “High Risk” Devices (Part I)

The #1 responsibility of everyone involved in reusable medical device processing is to minimize the risk of patient harm caused by a device that remains contaminated with organic debris after processing. This responsibility begins with pre-cleaning the device at point of use and it continues through all of the processing...

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Elmed Launches New Website

Elmed is proud to introduce our new website that offers dedicated clientele and medical professional prospects with the tools and resources to find the specific medical instruments and equipment that best align with their needs. Our new Surgical Tool section is categorized by specific medical categories to help you locate...

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