Our friends at the CDC created a helpful website about hand washing, which is worth the time to read through. I particularly …
Aseptic No Touch Technique may be used in conjunction with sterile gloves as an alternative to full surgical asepsis for body piercing procedures. I demonstrated …
From May 2014 – CS Solutions. Double pouching for sterile presentation? ATP use in CS? by Ray Taurasi Q The OR requires that …
“This article presented some sound information, but there’s still much more to know. When piercings are performed by a trained professional using sterile equipment and high quality jewelry, and appropriate aftercare is followed, the risks are drastically minimized.” — Elayne Angel, APP President
Sterility of Antiseptic
Products: FDA Investigates,
Deliberates on Potential
December 2013 – CS Solutions. More insightful answers to infection control questions from Ray T. Surgical instruments should not be soaked in …
SSI Prevention: Evidence-Based Practices Replace Lingering “Sacred Cows’ in the OR
This report explores the prevention of surgical site infections (SSIs) within the context of evidence-based practices replacing “sacred cows” in the operating room. It focuses on the critical practice of preoperative hair removal.
When Thomas Paine noted in 1776 that, “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right,” he could not have imagined that he was describing a current tug-of-war that still exists in some operating rooms today.
My company Piercers.com and I are pleased to sponsor a Statim autoclave for sterilization at this year’s event again! I will be there to educate and …
Original article: Researchers Develop Off-Grid Sterilization with Solar Steam. Copyright 2013 by Virgo Publishing http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/ Posted on: 07/22/2013 Rice University graduate student …
A simple and effective way of avoiding sharps injury without a cork or tube.
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What autoclaves are approved to sterilize hollow items by the FDA?
The standards for autoclaves that can process items with lumens are publicly accessible through the FDA site.
Read about FDA processing guidance
Perhaps if he was more diplomatic and better demonstrated his hypothesis he would have had a better response from his colleagues
“A study conducted by Prof. von Eiff of University of Münster in hospitals in North Rhine Westphalia and Lower Saxony revealed that, in particular, 40% of hollow instruments released for use were not sterile (4). One reason for such problems is that the classic biological and/or well-integrated chemical indicators can attest to the sterility of supplies only at those locations at which they are positioned. But in general these indicators cannot be placed at those sites within the instrument which are most difficult to access, hence the established practice of using such indicators is not suitable for providing insights into the sterility of lumened devices.”
March 2013 – CS Solutions. Water quality; staining of sterile packaging; soil detection devices by Ray Taurasi Q I work in a …
Welcome to Bravo! A fractionated vacuum autoclave from SciCan Buy a Bravo now BRAVO chamber autoclave Features Fractionated vacuum …
Is there a chemical residue left behind from your disinfectant?
Can unused wrapped items be re-sterilized reusing the original wraps?
In developing a policy on the return of explants to patients [or previously worn body jewelry to clients] there are many concerns and issues that need to be considered and addressed.
“Most Sharpies have not been validated for industrial usage or for use in the sterilization conditions. There are a couple of Sharpie markers that do conform to the ASTM standard D4236 which means the product has been evaluated by a toxicologist for acute and chronic toxicity and the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) identifies ingredients as presenting any chronic health hazard, along with safe use instructions. The pens that bear the AP seal with the notation “conforms to ASTM D4236″ (see right) are the markers that may be used for labeling your packages.”
How to set up your new Statim G4 autoclave by SciCan
Equipment must be cleaned before sterilization. Heat fixes blood fibrin to instrument surfaces, and should not be used prior to cleaning. Reprocessing should be done according to evidence based scientific recommendations.
“To wipe the slate clean is to forget all past problems or mistakes and start something again. That is what wiping a surface is all about – to get rid of the past and start anew.” S.M.Kovach
A protocol for switching to OPTIM 33 TB One-Step Cleaner Disinfectant, and a Quick Reference Guide for Tattoo and Piercing use