FDA Issues Warning Letter About Infections Tied to Reprocessed Urological Endoscopes
April 1, 2021 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an April 1, 2021, warning letter about infection risks associated with reprocessed urological endoscopes. The FDA is currently investigating the potential causes and contributing factors associated with the reported infections and contamination issues. While some reports indicate possible inadequate reprocessing or maintenance issues (for example, device failed leak testing) as a potential cause, the FDA is also evaluating other potential issues including reprocessing instructions in the labeling and device design. Click here to access the article.
oneSOURCE and Healthcare Hygiene Magazine Partner to Celebrate Patient Safety Week with Leadership Panel and CE Credit Course
March 10, 2021 - Salt Lake City, Utah - Today, oneSOURCE Document Management Services, an RLDatix company and leading healthcare management solution, announced a partnership with industry publication, Healthcare Hygiene magazine, to host a Patient Safety Week CE credit course and leadership panel. Patient Safety Week is recognized from March 14 through March 20. The digital event and webinar will be released for viewing on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 12 p.m. MT and will be available on-demand via Healthcare Hygiene’s website for the next 90 days. Click here to access the article.
Vested Medical / OrthoIllinois Completes Successful Pilot of Off-Site Sterilization Processing
February 18, 2021 - Chicago, Illinois - In January 2021, Vested Medical,Inc., Elmhurst, Illinois and OrthoIllinois Surgery Center, LLC, teamed up for a highly successful proof of an innovative off-site sterilization processing program at the outpatient ambulatory surgery center located in Rockford,Illinois. Vested Medical expertly demonstrated how such a system could help increase surgical capacity, reduce sterilization processing backlogs,and minimize contamination risk while maintaining the highest standardsof patient care for outpatient total joint procedures. Click here to access the article.
New online community debuts, shows why validated instructions-for-use matter for sterile processing and the delivery of quality healthcare
January 15, 2021 - Oak Brook, Illinois - A veteran group of healthcare sterile processing and distribution (SPD) advocates, experts and observers launched a new online community dedicated to exploring and promoting the pursuit and use of validated instructions-for-use (IFUs) to improve the quality of patient care. Click here to access the article.
oneSOURCE Creates Free Resource Page with Up-to-Date COVID-19 Vaccine Information
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, Jan. 13, 2021, - Today, oneSOURCE, an RLDatix company and leading healthcare management solution, announced a new COVID-19 vaccine resource page to assist healthcare professionals during the initial administration phases of the vaccine. This page features manufacturer documents for all of the currently available vaccines -- Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna -- along with operating manuals for the equipment required to properly maintain each vaccine. Click here to access the article.
STERIS Annnounces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Cantel Medical
DUBLIN, IRELAND and LITTLE FALLS, N.J, Jan. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STERIS plc (NYSE: STE) (“STERIS” or the “Company”) and Cantel Medical Corp (NYSE:CMD) (“Cantel”) today announced that STERIS has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cantel, through a U.S. subsidiary. Cantel is a global provider of infection prevention products and services primarily to endoscopy and dental Customers. Under the terms of the agreement, STERIS will acquire Cantel in a cash and stock transaction valued at $84.66 per Cantel common share, based on STERIS’s closing share price of $200.46 on January 11, 2021. This represents a total equity value of approximately $3.6 billion and a total enterprise value of approximately $4.6 billion, including Cantel’s net debt and convertible notes. The agreement has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. Click here to access the article.
Censis Technologies and Cantel Medical Enter into Partnership to Develop Differentiated Endoscope Reprocessing Software Solution
December 7, 2020 - Franklin, Tennessee - Today, Censis Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortive Corporation, and Cantel Medical Corp announced a new long-term partnership to combine Cantel’s leading infection prevention endoscope reprocessing workflow portfolio with the surgical asset management and instrument tracking solutions from Censis.
oneSOURCE Launches Improved User Platform with Advanced Search Function and Updated Interface
October 8, 2020 - Salt Lake City, Utah - Today, oneSOURCE, an RLDatix company and one of the industry’s leading healthcare management solutions, announced an enhanced database with faster and more accessible search functionality. Users will have access to four new features including a single search bar, autocomplete suggestions, spelling forgiveness and streamlined card view. Further, oneSOURCE has also completed extensive work on overall site improvements that support search scores / rankings, filters, speed and security and performance. Click here to access the article
STERIS Expands Healthcare Consumables Offering with Acquisition of Key Surgical for approximately $850 million
October 6, 2020 - Dublin, Ireland - STERIS plc (NYSE: STE) (“STERIS” or the “Company”) today announced that the Company has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Key Surgical, a portfolio company of Water Street Healthcare Partners, LLC, through a U.S. subsidiary for $850 million. STERIS anticipates that the acquisition will qualify for a tax benefit related to tax deductible goodwill. Adjusting for the present value of the anticipated tax benefit, the purchase price is effectively reduced to approximately $810 million. Key Surgical, founded in 1988, is a leading global provider of consumable products serving hospitals and surgical facilities. Annual revenue for Key Surgical in calendar 2020 is anticipated to be approximately $170 million, with adjusted EBIT of approximately $50 million. Click here to access the article
InstruSafe® by Summit Medical, an Innovia Medical Company, announced the US availability of its new CycleTrak Robotic Module
September 14, 2020 - St. Paul, MN - InstruSafe® by Summit Medical, an Innovia Medical Company, announced the US availability of its new CycleTrak Robotic Module, which is the first and only system on the market that allows users to track individual reprocessing cycles for all robotic instruments and accessories. Developed in partnership with Practico Solutions, CycleTrak is a compliance solution that tracks and records individual reprocessing cycles for da Vinci Xi®, Si®, SP® instruments and accessories. CycleTrak was created as a direct response to the FDA's recent guidance that states "devices with a specific maximum number of reprocessing cycles not be exceeded". CycleTrak differs from traditional instrument management solutions through its affordable one-year subscription, simplistic design that uses existing hardware and quick implementation time of days versus weeks or months. Click here to access the article
RLDatix Acquires oneSOURCE to Strengthen Enterprise Compliance and Accelerate Applied Safety Intelligence
September 14, 2020 - Chicago, IL - RLDatix, the leading global provider of intelligent patient safety solutions, announced today that it has acquired oneSOURCE, the leading healthcare medical equipment SaaS database that provides online access to continuously-updated instructions for use (IFU) and preventative maintenance documentation. This acquisition further enhances RLDatix’s Applied Safety Intelligence™ framework by helping healthcare delivery organizations comply with global accreditation standards while ensuring the safe and effective use of medical equipment―a fundamental component of patient safety. Click here to access the article
oneSOURCE Announces Free Access to Continuing Education Course Aligned with Accreditation Standards
July 14, 2020 - Salt Lake City, UT - Today, oneSOURCE, a leading healthcare management solution, announced a partnership with Pfiedler Education, a subsidiary of AORN, Inc., to offer free access to a webinar course from sterile processing expert Rose Seavey. This course will focus on effective tools to help pass accreditation surveys and allow healthcare professionals to receive 2.0 continuing education credits in multiple areas including HLD, sterilization, and implants and tissue management. Click here to access the article
oneSOURCE Expands Reach to Help Long-Term Care and Assisted Living Facilities Decrease Infection Spread Due to COVID-19
July 1, 2020 - Salt Lake City, UT - Today, oneSOURCE, a leading healthcare management solution, announced that its user-friendly Long-Term Care Database for Infection Prevention is now available and includes thousands of Instructions for Use (IFUs) and other manufacturers' documents for the cleaning and sterilization of reusable medical and non-medical equipment found in long-term care and assisted living facilities. Access to the Long-Term Care Database for Infection Prevention will aid in keeping patients and staff safe as well as maintaining compliance requirements set forth by leading governing agencies for infection prevention such as CDC, CMS and OSHA. Click here to access the article
Case Medical Awarded Patent for Multi Enzymatic Solution for Cleaning Medical Devices and Food Industry Utensils and Surfaces Exposed to Brain Wasting Diseases
June 16, 2020 - South Hackensack, NJ- Case Medical today announced that it was awarded U.S. patent number 10,699,513 B2, by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office for “compositions and methods for handling potential prion contamination.” The patent is a significant step for the company toward commercializing cleaning products that will enable prion contaminated devices and surfaces to be processed without resorting to the extraordinary methods required today. Click here to access the press release.
TRICOR Systems Inc. Announces Exclusive U.S.A. Distribution Agreement with SteriView Technologies, Inc.
June 12, 2020 - Elgin, IL- TRICOR Systems Inc. is excited to announce the launch of the SteriView MIC (Modular Inspection Camera). TRICOR has been chosen as the exclusive United States distributor of the SteriView MIC. SteriView is the next generation of advanced small diameter, near field inspection scopes designed to provide ready access and imaging of the interior chambers, lumens, and working channels of surgical medical devices. The MIC’s removable insertion tube/camera can be High Level Disinfected, providing the Infection Prevention team the ability to image the internal channels of a clean instrument. Click here to access the press release.
Tabletop RapidHeat System Decontaminates N95 Masks
March 31, 2020 - Leicester, NY- CPAC Equipment, Inc., is currently manufacturing the RH-N95 Decontamination System to help the Healthcare Industry overcome and alleviate their N95 Mask shortages. Through the convenience of on-site reprocessing of used masks using a tabletop RH-N95, Healthcare facilities can be assured that they are achieving coronavirus kill at 6 L og 10 or greater while maintaining mask performance and function. Click here to access the press release. Review the study. Overview of the FDA Enforcement Policy.
Sterile Processing Platform, oneSOURCE, Creates Free Database to Address COVID-19 Pandemic
March 31, 2020 - Salt Lake City, UT - Today, oneSOURCE, a leading healthcare management solution, announced a new database to assist healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. The COVID-19 database will be available to new and current users at no cost and will feature tools that include instructions for use (IFUs) to help protect healthcare workers, reduce community spread and maintain patient safety related to ventilators, respirators, bypass machines, and reusable surgical gowns. Click here to access the article.
Donation of 500,000 sterilization filters to U.S. hospitals/first-responders
March 26, 2020 - Dayton, OH - Innovative Sterilization Technologies (IST)/ONE TRAY® in Dayton, Ohio is making a donation to help protect in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the form of 500,000 filters. These can be used as an alternate resource for personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare/first responder personnel. This announcement comes in the wake of the medical mask supply shortage now gripping our nation as more infected patients fill healthcare facilities. Click here to access the article.
Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus from Contaminated Medical Devices
February 7, 2020 - Irvine, CA - Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) released today an interview with experts Ryan Lewis, M.D., Senior Director of Medical Affairs and Medical Safety, and Jeremy Yarwood, Vice President of Research and Development. Click here to access the article.
Key Surgical Announces Expansion of Team Members to Include Clinical Educators and Additional Sales Representatives
January 6, 2020 - Eden Prairie, MN - Key Surgical announces the addition of Clinical Educators and sales representatives to serve the sterile processing, operating room, and endoscopy markets. The enhanced team supports the company's long-standing focus on processes, procedures, and education in sterile processing while expanding into the markets of the operating room and endoscopy. Click here to access the article.
Cenorin Launches Advanced Medical Device Lumen Drying System
January 2, 2020 - Kent, WA - Cenorin, a healthcare company offering solutions for infection control management and waste stream reduction, announces the availability of the new Cenorin™ LD 100 Lumen Drying System. This adjunct to medical device drying cabinets is designed to help reprocessing departments avoid retained moisture events and speed lumen drying and turnaround. Click here to access the article.
Case Medical earns Safer Choice designation for CasePrep® non-enzymatic pre-soak solution
December 18, 2019 - South Hackensack, NJ - Case Medical today announced that the their CasePrep® Non-Enzymatic Pre-Soak Spray and Foam received formal approval to display the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice Program seal. All ingredients have been evaluated by the Safer Choice Program and determined to be safer than traditional chemical ingredients for both people and the environment, while providing equal or better performance. Case Medical is the only manufacturer of Safer Choice listed products for medical and surgical instrument care. Click here to access the article.
Key Surgical Launches New Education Platform
October 17, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN - Key Surgical LLC, a leading global provider of sterile processing, operating room, and endoscopy supplies, launches a new education platform that expands on their educational offering making it even easier for sterile processing techs, managers, and educators to obtain continuing education accredited by IAHCSMM and CBSPD. Click here to access the article.
Key Surgical Awarded Group Purchasing Agreement with Premier
September 25, 2019 - Eden Prairie, MN - Key Surgical has been awarded a group purchasing agreement with Premier. Effective October 1st, the new agreement allows Premier members, at their discretion, to take advantage of special pricing and terms pre-negotiated by Premier for Instrument Cleaners and Enzymatics. Click here to access the article.
Key Surgical Introduces Enzymatic Solutions for CSSD and the OR
August 8, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN - Key Surgical LLC, a leading global provider of sterile processing, operating room, and endoscopy supplies, announces the addition of an enzymatic detergent and a pre-cleaning solution from Dr. Weigert, the leading authority in Europe for medical decontamination chemistries. With the new additions, Key Surgical continues to offer a comprehensive portfolio to hospitals and surgery centers for manual cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of surgical instruments. Click here to access the article.
Petriss Launches BLUEfin Sterilization Intelligence Software at IAHCSMM
April 15, 2019 - Atlanta, GA - Petriss, the leader in surgical device sterilization intelligence, announced the launch of a revolutionary new software solution that empowers sterilization professionals to pursue compliance expectations driven by The Joint Commission, AAMI, AORN, CMS and other regulatory organization. Click here to access the article.
Calling all SPD Departments: Might your magic number be 27?
March 4, 2019 - Healthcare Purchasing News consistently and exclusively has recognized and honored central service/sterile processing and distribution departments for 26 consecutive years. Your department could be the 27th winner, but you won’t know unless you nominate your team for HPN's 2019 CS/SPD Department of the Year award! Click here to access the article.
Censis Technologies Acquires Applied Logic
October 16, 2018 - Franklin, TN - Censis Technologies announced today that it has completed an acquisition of Applied Logic, the St. Louis based surgical tracking software company. Censis is the leader in the surgical inventory management space year after year by empowering their customers and employees to make a difference using their strong portfolio of solutions, including CensiTrac, LoanerLink, and ScopeTrac. Click here to access the article.
Case Medical Exceeds Chemical Footprint Project Requirements
September 27, 2018 - South Hackensack, NJ - Case Medical, Inc. today announced that it met and exceeded the requirements of the Chemical Footprint Project (CPF). Case Medical is a U.S. EPA Safer Choice Parnter of the Year. Case Medical was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for outstanding achievement in the manufacture of chemistries that are safer for patients, staff, and the environment.Click here to access the article.
Altru® Health System Improves Patient Care with Expanded Use of Cutting-Edge Sterilization Technology
June 14, 2018 - Grand Forks/Myrtle Beach and Quebec, City, Canada - TSO3 Inc. (TSX: TOS) (“TSO3” or the “Company”), an innovator in sterilization technology for medical devices in healthcare settings, joins with Altru® Health System in announcing the landmark U.S. terminal sterilization of long, flexible gastrointestinal endoscopes, like the duodenoscope, using TSO3’s paradigm-shifting STERIZONE® technology. Click here to access the article.
Case Medical Receives ISO 27001 Certification
April 5, 2018 - South Hackensack, N.J. - Case Medical, an ISO 13485 certified and FDA registered medical device manufacturer of products and services for instrument processing, is proud to announce that it has been awarded the prestigious ISO 27001 Certification. A company with ISO 27001 certification means that the company's software was developed under the requirements of ISO 27001 Information Security Management System, conforms to the highest quality standards, and that its information security practices are certified to meet international standards. Click here to access the article.
New Semi-Customizable Sterilization Cassettes and Trays Help Improve Organization, Transport, Reprocessing and Clinical Use
February 13, 2018 - Brunswick, Maine. - SteriZign Precision Technologies, provider of expertly designed, clinically optimized medical device sterilization tray systems and accessories, has launched its flagship line; Optimyz™ Standard Sterilization Cassettes and Trays. This semi-customizable line is pre-evaluated for steam sterilization and for materials compatibility. It supports the goals of device manufacturers while also being compatible with the clinical and operational requirements of end users. Click here to access the article.
STERIS Receives Innovative Technology Designation from Vizient for VERIFY® All-In-One Reusable Test Pack and VERIFY® Assert™ Self-Contained Biological Indicator
January 22, 2018 - Mentor, Ohio. - STERIS announced its VERIFY All-In-One Reusable Test Pack and VERIFY Assert Self Contained Biological Indicator have each received a 2017 Innovative Technology designation from Vizient, Inc., the nation's largest member-driven health care performance improvement company. The designations are based on direct feedback from hospital experts who interacted with the VERIFY All-In-One Reusable Test Pack and VERIFY Assert Self Contained Biological Indicator at the Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange held in Denver, on September 14, 2017. Click here to access the article.
3M Submits 510(k) Application for 24-Minute Readout for Steam Sterilization Assurance
January 17, 2018 - St. Paul, Minn. - 3M announced today its submission for 510(k) clearance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Attest™ Super Rapid System for Steam Sterilization, which will provide biological indicator (BI) results in 24 minutes. The clearance of a faster readout time for steam will continue to enhance patient safety while increasing workflow advantages for sterilization professionals. Click here to access the article.
St. Michael's Hospital Surgical Schedule Stays on Track During Major Construction with Mobile Medical Device Reprocessing Unit from STERIS
December 11, 2017 - Toronto, Canada. - When St. Michael's Hospital began a major building and renovation project, its Medical Device Reprocessing Department (MDRD) had to move out of its longtime home in the basement so its space could be modernized to meet Canadian Standards Association requirements and improve workflow. Click here to access the article.
Belintra presents the UBeTrack™: a compact and mobile storage system that saves up to 75% of corridor space and up to 33% of the total footprint of a shelving system
August 8, 2017 - Semmerzake (BE). - Optimum and organized use of available storage room gives care institutions a great economic advantage. In 2015, with the self-developed UBeFlex®, Belintra brought out a unique storage system that can be used in both sterile and non-sterile environments. Users can now make even better use of their space with the UBeTrack™ mobile storage system. Click here to access the article.
Summit Medical and Shippert Medical unity under new brand: Innovia Medical
July 11, 2017 - St. Paul, Minn. - Shore Capital Partners is combining two medical device manufacturers under a new brand - Innovia Medical. Shore is a Chicago-based private equity firm focused exclusively on microcap health care investments and owner of the manufacturers Summit Medical and Shippert Medical. Click here to access the article.
Key Surgical and Interlock Merge to Create Leading Global Provider of Sterile Processing and Operating Room Supplies
June 6, 2017 - Minneapolis and Lensahn, Germany - Key Surgical, Inc. and Interlock Medizintechnik GmbH announced today that they have merged to create one of the world’s leading providers of sterile processing and operating room supplies. Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry, led the merger of the U.S. and European providers and invested in the newly combined company. Click here to access the article.
Case Medical Announces Latest 510k for Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilization
February 15, 2017 - South Hackensack, NJ - Staying on the cutting edge of sterilization technology, Case Medical is pleased to announce its latest 510k for hydrogen peroxide sterilization. Case Medical's SteriTite® container system and MediTray® products are compatible with TSO3 Inc's STERIZONE® VP4 sterilization system (distributed by Getinge). Click here to access the article.
Enviro Tech Independently Validates ChemDAQ's Peracetic Acid Vapor Sensor
January 20, 2017 - Pittsburgh, PA - ChemDAQ® Inc., the market leader in gas detection systems for the Healthcare and Food & Beverage Industries, announced today that Enviro Tech Chemical Services Inc., a major supplier of PAA, completed an independent validation study on their Peracetic acid vapor sensor. Click here to access the article.
Summit Medical, Inc. expands InstruSafe portfolio with new InstruSafe® Care + Maintenance Products
December 15, 2016 - St. Paul, MN - Summit Medical, Inc. increased its presence and impact in the health care industry on Wednesday, Dec. 14 with the launch of its new InstruSafe® Care + Maintenance Products. The new product line, which is an extension of the InstruSafe brand that manufactures InstruSafe® Instrument Protection Trays, offers a variety of protection, cleaning and identification solutions such as assorted tip protectors, brushes and identification tapes. Click here to access the article.
Censis Technologies Launches New Website
December, 2016 - Franklin, TN - Censis Technologies announced today that they have launched a new website, www.censis.com. . The new site is focused on providing a cleaner and more interactive experience for users. The updated site introduces a new way to learn about the solutions offered in the Censis portfolio, using multiple forms of media. Click here to access the article.
Halyard Health and Belintra Announce U.S.-Based Sterilization Packaging and Logistics Co-Marketing Agreement
July 21, 2016 - Alpharetta, GA and John's Creek, GA - Halyard Health, Inc. and Belintra today announced a co-marketing arrangement to offer sterilization packaging and logistics solutions. By combining Halyard Health's clinically-superior sterilization wrap products with Belintra's innovative storage and transport logistics flow system for wrapped surgical instrument trays, the two companies will provide effective, comprehensive solutions for fulfilling surgical instrument sterility and help to improve hospitals' clinical efficiency. Click here to access the article.
How AED is Optimizing the Supply Chain
August 5, 2016 - Since 1985, Advanced Endoscopy Devices (AED) has been focused on providing the highest quality endoscopy products and full service repair capabilities. We have also launched our comprehensive online shopping portal, Endoscopy Superstore, where you can purchase endoscopic instruments directly from the manufacturer. Click here to access the article.
Hänel Storage Systems Publishes Florida Hospital Case Study
July 19, 2016 - Pittsburgh, PA - Hänel Storage Systems, a leader in vertical storage units, is pleased to announce the publication of a new customer case study featuring Florida Hospital in Altamonte Springs, FL. The study details Florida HOspital's successful implementation of several Hänel Rotomat® vertical storage carousels. Click here to access the article.
Halyard Health Releases Consensus Statement with Leading Industry Experts
July 18, 2016 - Alpharetta, GA - Halyard Health (NYSE: HYH), a global medical technology company focused on preventing infection, eliminating pain and speeding recovery, today released "Consensus Statement on Sterility Maintenance of Sterile Packaging Systems in the Hospital Setting." Click here to access the article.
Attest™ Rapid Readout Biological Indicator System
July 1, 2016 - St. Paul, MN - 3M is excited to announce the launch of its new Attest™ Rapid Readout Biological Indicator System, which provides results for vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization in only four hours. This new technology will make it much easier for sterilization departments to monitor every load with a biological indicator. Click here to access the article.
Mobile UV-C Room Decontamination System Shown to Significantly Reduce Surface Contamination in Hospital Transplant Units
May 20, 2016 - Mentor, OH - STERIS Corporation (NYSE: STE) announced results of an independent 6-month study on the implementation and effectiveness of Ultraviolet-C energy for terminal room decontamination. Abhishek Deshpande, MD, PhD, principal investigator at Cleveland Clinic, presented the findings during the spring 2016 meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Click here to access the article.
Case Medical Named EPA Safe Choice Partner of the Year
May 5, 2016 - South Hackensack, NJ - Case Medical, Inc. today announced that it is a winner of the Safe Choice Partner of the Year Awards chosen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for this year's awards. For the second consecutive year in a row, Case Medical was recognized for outstanding achievement in the manufacture of chemicals and chemistry that are safer for patients, staff and the environment. Click here to access the article.
Key Surgical Releases Bone Reamer Cleaning Brushes
February 2016 - Key Surgical, Inc. is excited to offer cleaning brushes for flexible bone reamers. The Key Surgical bone reamer brush features a long, 31" rigid stainless steel shaft with medical-grade nylon bristles designed for effective manual cleaning of a flexible bone reamer - a notoriously challenging instrument to clean. Click here to access the article.