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FDA guidance on sterilizers

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.

Semmelweis_1860

Semmelweis

Perhaps if he was more diplomatic and better demonstrated his hypothesis he would have had a better response from his colleagues

Coated barbell with biofilm

Returning explants to patients

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.

Decontamination Presentations

If it is not clean it can not be sterilized

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.

Useful information on antimicrobial cleaning agents

useful info on antimicrobials

http://www.fightgermsnow.com/ A useful collection of scientific studies on antimicrobial use in clinical and home settings.

Someone has addressed the APIC and FDA concerns about sterile antiseptic for surgical skin preparation

Skin antiseptics for piercing preparation

I like the idea of a single non-staining, non-toxic agent that Techni-Care represented for skin preparation, and have been trying other options. Here is some further information, a fun presentation, and some links

Understanding Facial Protection

A little more about face masks: they were designed to protect the patient from the healthcare practitioner, not the other way around