What’s going on? Off label use of germicides without rinsing, damaged and pitted medical devices, and stripped sterilization containers with white powder residue... I’ve had an opportunity to visit several health care facilities and hopefully provide some ideas for improvement of process and product. ...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 11:22

SteriTite Container: A positive control

This is too frequently a tactic used in politics, business, commerce, and in the health care industry to create doubt about a product or service, even a person’s best intentions. Last week, we discussed how science experiments utilize both positive and negative controls. We pointed out how process indicators used to monitor both cleaning and sterilization efficacy also serve to alert us to failures that then need to be investigated...

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Residue is material that remains after cleaning, like grease left over on a frying pan. It can also be a liquid residue that’s left over at the bottom of a bottle, pot, or can, and even moisture remaining at the base of a sterilization container or tray after sterilization. When it comes to removal of moisture in a container or sterilized tray this is easy to fix...

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Monday, 16 October 2023 17:47

The Recipe for An Easy Audit

Recently, the FDA conducted a surprise audit of Case Medical. The FDA has the right to do this whenever they want, to any FDA regulated facility, and give no notice beforehand. While conducting the audit, the FDA may ask for any information that they want, from whatever date they want, and it is up to the organization being audited to produce that information to show they are in compliance with FDA regulations...

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This week is Sterile Processing Week during which we celebrate the committed specialists that fill Sterile Processing departments and make a difference in patient care. And where we at Case Medical continue to develop only the safest, quality products for instrument processing and celebrate the profession in one of the most meaningful ways through quality continuing education...

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We are so pleased to be selected as a 2023 Safer Choice Partner of the Year for manufacurer / formulator. Our parternship with the EPA extends more than a decade promoting safer, and sustainable instrument chemistries...

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Thursday, 28 September 2023 17:03

The Mystery of the White Mist

More and more containers and devices are being processed in cart washers using standard cycles with recycled water (sometimes softened) and a new dose of chemical agent each time it’s run. We are told to wash off fruits and vegetables during food preparation or we can get sick from fungicides and other toxic pesticides...

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Should, can, may, must… Healthcare is an industry that is highly regulated. And there are regulatory requirements that should be met for manufacturers and users, for the benefit of the patient. There are various products and processes available in sterile processing for the same intended purpose, whether it’s for decontamination, sterilization, or for surgical and patient care procedures. Where things get messy is when faced with conflicting messages...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2023 18:16

Case Medical, Thirty-one Years and Counting

Yesterday we updated our signature block to reflect the beginning of a new decade in the life of Case Medical. Given all the projects we are working on and the upgrades with new equipment on the manufacturing floor, I nearly forgot that this week is our 31st anniversary...

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White residue on devices, sticky film on instruments, retained bioburden… Excessive use of chemicals can interfere with the processing of reusable devices. Some pre-treatment gels lock in soil, other cleaning agents are corrosive, and those used in cart washers may be simply too much, especially when drying or sheeting agents leave behind an organic film that can interfere with low temperature sterilization...

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