We're happy to present you with this month's collection of top industry related news and articles. Enjoy!

 

Turkey Introduces New Standards for Medical Waste Control

Lexology – 6 February, 2017

The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization of Turkey recently adopted the new regulation on control of medical waste.

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Children’s Hospital Fails Federal Surgical Inspection

The Detroit News – 27 March, 2017

Children’s Hospital of Michigan failed a late January inspection conducted by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as part of a broad investigation into dirty surgical instruments at Detroit Medical Center hospitals.

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Detroit Medical Center Submits Corrective Action Olan on Sterile Surgical Problems

Modern Healthcare – 27 March, 2017

Detroit Medical Center has received federal approval for a corrective action plan in response to a surprise inspection in January in which Medicare hospital quality inspectors found numerous violations of federal infection control and patient safety rules.

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Trouble Keeping Up With the Not-So-Daily Responsibilities in Your Dental Practice?

Dentistry IQ – 3 April, 2017

There's no denying the To Do lists for dental team members can be endless, and the not-so-daily chores can get pushed to the back burner. Here's how to keep that from happening and making sure all items are covered.

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Medford parents Now Have Choice for Wind Instrument Sterilization

Wicked Local – 21 March, 2017

Medical instruments must be sterilized but do wind instruments need to be sterilized in between users? Interesting question.

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Sterilization Issue Put 2016 Windsor Regional Hospital Budget In The Red

BlackburnNews.com – 7 April, 2017

Windsor Regional Hospital is dealing with a $5-million operation deficit.

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Image removed.CDC Chief Fears a Deadly Superbug’s Spread

STATnes.com – 21 April, 2017

Public health officials have a lot on their plate now: Outbreaks of measles and flu, soaring deaths from opioid overdoses, funding cuts.

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Food Packaging Design: How to Comply with Food Processing Methods?

Packaging Innovation – 10 April, 2017

Food packaging, evidently, needs to be as safe as it is appealing. Food processing methods greatly determine packaging requirements, including sterilization, and, hence, food packaging designs.

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High Pressure: Uses for Pasteurization

Food Safety Magazine – 04 April, 2017

High hydrostatic pressure technologies are used in numerous applications, from preparing ceramic composites for aircraft, industrial diamond production, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, and, more recently, for pasteurizing food.

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Sterilization Monitoring: The Front Line of Infection Prevention

3M Science – 04 April, 2017

Hospital officials are warning heart surgery patients that they may have been exposed to bacteria due to sterilization problems with medical equipment.

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New Guide Supports Cleaning Protocols for Reusable Medical Devices

OHS Online – 11 April, 2017

In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerted FDA about a potential association between multi-drug resistant bacteria and duodenoscopes, and FDA's investigation showed that infections were occurring despite confirmation that the users were following proper manufacturer cleaning and disinfection or sterilization instructions.

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Pharmacists should also care about sterilization.

 

 

Pharmacist Convicted of Racketeering, Fraud in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

CNN – 23 March, 2017

A Pharmacist was acquitted on 25 counts of second-degree murder in connection with a deadly 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak. Sixty-four patients in nine states died in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak.

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Duendoscope ToolNECC Trial Witness: Framingham Pharmacy Failed to Sterilize Equipment

Rare  – 24 January, 2017

A former New England Compounding Center employee testified that a key piece of equipment in the clean rooms, which were supposed to be sterile, were not regularly cleaned even as drug production increased tenfold.

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