Deadly, Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ Pose Huge Threat, W.H.O. Says
New York Times | By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.FEB. 27, 2017
The World Health Organization warned on Monday that a dozen antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” pose an enormous threat to human health, and urged hospital infection-control experts and pharmaceutical researchers to focus on fighting the most dangerous pathogens first ...
USA Today: Deadly Bacteria on Medical Scopes Trigger Infections
USA Today | January 21, 2015
The deadly pattern of illnesses began to emerge in 2012 at hospitals in Seattle, Pittsburgh, Chicago. In each case, the culprit was a bacteria known as CRE, perhaps the most feared of superbugs, because it resists even “last defense” antibiotics — and kills up to 40% of the people it infects. And in each case, investigators identified the same source of transmission: a specialized endoscope ...
Proliferation of bird flu outbreaks raises risk of human pandemic
Reuters | January 26, 2017
LONDON (Reuters) - The global spread of bird flu and the number of viral strains currently circulating and causing infections have reached unprecedented levels, raising the risk of a potential human outbreak, according to disease experts.
Study: Nearly Three-Quarters Of Commonly Used Medical Scopes Tainted By Bacteria
Kaiser News | By Chad Terhune | April 23, 2018
In an ominous sign for patient safety, 71 percent of reusable medical scopes deemed ready for use on patients tested positive for bacteria at three major U.S. hospitals, according to a new study.
Renewed Cleaning Efforts For Scopes Not Enough To Vanquish Bacteria
Kaiser News | By Chad Terhune | January 31, 2017
The seven-month study, published Tuesday in the American Journal of Infection Control, found that 12 of 20 gastroscopes and colonoscopes examined tested positive for bacterial growth, even after being disinfected using the current guidelines or additional measures.
Cleaning And Sterilization Techniques Leave Ureteroscopes Contaminated
Association for Professionals in Infection Control | June 14, 2017.
The techniques used to clean and sterilize flexible ureteroscopes leave behind contamination including debris, residue, and bacteria, according to a new study being presented at the 44th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
Surge in human cases of deadly bird flu is prompting alarm
Washington Post, 03 March 2017
A surge in human infections of a deadly bird flu in China is prompting increasing concern among health officials around the world. While the human risk of these outbreaks is low at the moment, experts are calling for constant monitoring because of the large increase in cases this season, and because there are worrisome changes in the virus...
Outbreak of Hospital Infection from Biofilm-embedded
Alipour N, Karagoz A, Taner A, et al. (2017)
Outbreaks of PDR P. aeruginosa especially in pulmonary tract infections due to contaminated bronchoscopes have rarely been reported. The emergenceof pandrug-resistant strains in both CF (Cystic Fibrosis) and non-CF clinical isolates over recent years remains of a great concern. Hospital wards contaminated with PDR P.
aeruginosa infection,must be shot down until their eradication. Health Authorities must be informed immediately and infection control strategies must be implemented...
CDC: ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE THREATS in the United States, 2013
April 23, 2013
Infections from resistant bacteria are now too common, and some pathogens have even become resistant to multiple types or classes of antibiotics (antimicrobials used to treat bacterial infections). The loss of effective antibiotics will undermine our ability to fight infectious diseases ...
Dirty instruments found at DMC; probe may reopen
Jan. 19, 2017
... a laparoscopic grasper caked with old blood and brown ooze was marked as sterile and delivered to a Children’s Hospital of Michigan operating room for pediatric surgeon Dr. Scott Langenburg. The instrument was intercepted and replaced before it could be used during gall bladder surgery on an 18-year-old Armada woman.
World’s first FDA registration for flexible chamber EtO sterilizer
04 Mon Jan 2016
The Andersen Series 4 sterilizer has been approved by the FDA for the sterilization of endoscopes intended for human use.
Decontamination of gastrointestinal endoscopes - new guidance from the BSG
13 Fri Nov 2015
The BSG (British Society of Gastroenterology) has issued new guidance for the decontamination of equipment used in gastrointestinal endoscopy.
US FDA Issues Duodenoscope Reprocessing Guidance
13 Thu Aug 2015
FDA has provided a detailed list of duodenoscope reprocessing measures to be taken in addition to following manufacturer's reprocessing instructions.
USA Hospitals report deaths from contaminated endoscopes
01 Mon Jun 2015
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles has switched to Ethylene Oxide gas sterilisation of duodenoscopes to prevent CRE contamination.
EPA publish Andersen EtO material compatibility study
12 Mon Jan 2015
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publish study entitled "Compatibility of Material and Electronic Equipment with Ethlyene Oxide Fumigation".
Latest update of ISO 11135 has now been published
13 Thu Nov 2014
ISO 11135:2014 is now available for purchase on the ISO website. The standard has an extended, 36 month, transition period
Flexible chamber AAMI TIR published
01 Thu May 2014
AAMI has now issued TIR 56 providing guidance on EtO sterilization of medical devices using a flexible chamber system.
Infection Control Problems? Ethylene Oxide To The Rescue
Nov 28, 2017
Ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilization may be the key to fixing the problem of contaminated endoscopes. According to a press release issued by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, and quoting infection control expert William Rutala: "High level disinfection of endoscopes provides "no margin of safety," while sterilization will provide an increased safety margin of approximately 6 log10...
Multidrug-resistant infections rising in US kids
Feb 24, 2017
Multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacterial infections are rising rapidly in US children and causing longer hospital stays, according to a new study in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. And they are increasingly being transmitted outside the hospital
AAMI publishes EtO flexible chamber system papers
11 Fri Apr 2014
Two articles were published in the AAMI magazine: Industrial Sterilization “Research From the Field” – October 2013.
The antibiotic alarm
12 March 2013
There is a growing recognition that action must be taken to deal with the alarming rise in the incidence of bacteria resistant to today’s antibiotics, and its implications for global health.
LVS 2013 iPad Mini Winner
02 Mon Dec 2013
The winner of the draw for an iPad Mini at Andersen Products stand at the London Vet Show is Kate Higgs from Companion Care Canterbury.
Clacton site ISO13485 re-certified
07 Thu Nov 2013
Andersen Products, Clacton passed its ISO13485 re-certification audit, covering distribution and repair of EtO sterilizers and contract sterilization.
Developments in ETO Sterilization Standards
18 Thu Jul 2013
Revision to ISO11135 will require customers using the Andersen flexible chamber system to validate in line with ISO14937.
ISO13485 Scope Extended.
08 Wed May 2013
Andersen Products, Kortrijk passed its ISO13485 re-certification audit, confirming Doubilet drain CE mark and extending scope to cover onsite IQ/OQ.
Terminal sterilization of medicated stent.
08 Fri Mar 2013
Andersen Products succeeds in terminal sterilization of medicated stents whilst retaining sufficient biological activity.
Karl Storz Confirms Compatibility
12 Mon Nov 2012
Karl Storz flexible endoscopes may be sterilized with a flexible chamber EtO technology, without damage.