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Here are a few interesting points we’ve pulled together regarding surgical instruments and stainless steel…
Different chemical compositions are suitable for different instruments. BS 5194 : Part 1:1991 gives a more in depth breakdown for the uses, but as a basic guide, instruments should be manufactured from the following (a few examples are shown below):
Hardenable (Martensitic) European Steels:
Washer Disinfector Process versus the result
Washer-disinfectors follow strict processes to deliver clean and safe to handle instruments ready for sterilization. Over the years I have been looking into different designs of washer disinfectors but the process itself was rarely a subject for consideration. Parameters were adjusted within a rigid framework of initial rinse, main wash with chemical, rinse and
Pawel de Sternberg Stojalowski is a research & development consultant specialising in development of equipment and processes for cleaning, disinfection, and sterilisation of complex surgical instruments. Pawel is currently expanding Borsukk, his consultancy in decontamination sciences and has kindly given us permission to publish his paper below that appeared in the latest edition of the Decontamination journal:
The validation report
We are very excited to share the expansion of our repairs department. Things are taking shape nicely and we look forward to showing visitors around our new facility.
it is interesting reading the procurement review from the government and new intentions for the NHS; for small businesses it is positive in respect of discussions around speedier payments and simplifying the tender processes, eliminating PQQ for spend under £100,000. Most interestingly, the NHS are looking to double their spend with SMEs in the next two years.
The Small Business
We are exhibiting this week at the Hilton in Blackpool for the IDSc annual conference; The IDSc or Institute of decontamination sciences represents health professionals involved in decontamination of surgical instruments and medical devices (a member’s institute) and has gone through developments dated as far back as 1950, driven mostly by passionate sterile services managers, working together to improve