White residue on devices, sticky film on instruments, retained bioburden… Excessive use of chemicals can interfere with the processing of reusable devices. Some pre-treatment gels lock in soil, other cleaning agents are corrosive, and those used in cart washers may be simply too much, especially when drying or sheeting agents leave behind an organic film that can interfere with low temperature sterilization...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2023 13:00

When the Sterile Barrier is Compromised

Each week we send a blog that has updated information about current issues and concerns relevant to healthcare professionals, specifically SPD, OR and Materials. Often our goal is to reinforce best practices, but today we would like you to reconsider a practice or “Sacred Cow” that can apply to other container systems, but not to our SteriTite containers...

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During the past two decades, sterilization containers have replaced wrapped trays and even peel pouches. Containers come in a full range of sizes and configurations that meet the specifications of the devices to be sterilized. When compared to disposable wrap and peel pouches, containers save money, contribute to the bottom line, and provide the ultimate in instrument protection and sterility maintenance, but how long do they last...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2023 15:06

Empowered Women Empower Women

The Third Annual Enterprising Women in Commerce Awards, hosted by CIANJ and COMMERCE Magazine on August 16, 2023, was a momentous occasion that highlighted enterprising women in their respective industries – from accounting to manufacturing and beyond. This recognition not only honors female achievements but also celebrates their determination, dedication, and contribution to the fabric of commerce....

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Misinformation is information that is spread intentionally or unintentionally, that is false, inaccurate, or misleading according to the best available evidence at the time. Consider the last few years during the pandemic when scientific data was questioned, and all types of remedies were rapidly disseminated on the internet...

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Recently, I read a book about Hedy Lamarr, born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, an Austro-Hungarian-born American actress and inventor. She was a film star during Hollywood's Golden Age. In 1942, she received a patent with composer George Antheil for a “frequency hopping, spread-spectrum communication system” designed to make radio-guided torpedoes harder to detect or jam during World War II. She never received a dollar for her invention, which was dismissed by the military because they couldn’t accept the intelligence of a woman...

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Monday, one of our sales reps reported a wash indicator failure at a local facility currently using our cleaners and our Case Soil indicator. We knew it was an opportunity to solve a problem and possibly improve their process. The wash indicator is supposed to fail when something in the wash sequence isn’t right. It’s your first alert that something is wrong...

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Shorter cycles, less rinses have been discussed for some time at AAMI working groups and amongst healthcare professionals. Most agree that adequate contact time and rinsing is good practice for manual and automated processes. Detergents lift but rinsing removes the soil. Now manufacturers of new washer/disinfectors have gone even further by promoting cycles preset in their new machines which eliminate rinse steps and rinse times

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Thursday, 20 July 2023 16:20

Prepare for the next supply chain crisis

By now you are likely aware of the supply chain crisis, global warming, and the challenges of the post pandemic world. All that we need now is a UPS strike, the cherry on top of a not so pleasant cake. At Case Medical we share your concerns, and we’re here to help. As a manufacturer of medical devices and products for instrument processing, we know that if we don’t have the necessary...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2023 09:00

Less is Best

We can all agree that stopping pollution is a good thing to do. And an excellent way to start is by reducing the “chemical footprint,” a simple expression that considers the quantity and harshness of chemicals used in healthcare processes. Think of the analogy of adding too much salt to the soup, too much detergent to the washer, dumping too many...

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