Are we alone in the universe?

We may find the answer in the next decade or two relying on clues which science provides to help us find the way.  This includes balancing what we understand about our planet and recognizing what we know are the critical elements for life. 

Next month, the launch of the Webb telescope might give us the means to discover whether we find another earth out there, a Planet B.  The search for Planet B is complicated. Nevertheless we know that even in its most extreme conditions, life is carbon based, liquid water is the solvent for biochemistry, and DNA is the code for genetic information. The building blocks for life, hydrogen, oxygen and carbon are found abundantly in the universe. So what does this have to do with Sterile Processing?


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How Hospitals Can Help To Save The Planet

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Working together in healthcare for a healthier future


Healthcare provider with mask cradling globeEvery year, we have greater appreciation of our place in the healthcare industry and more incentive to expand the impact of Case Medical’s corporate sustainability efforts.

Environmentally conscious operations are part of the Case Medical way of doing business—from sustainable manufacturing processes to advocacy via the American Sustainable Business Council to our commitment to producing safer instrument chemistries aligned with the US EPA Safer Choice Program. In 2021, as science begins to turn the tide against the Covid-19 pandemic, we can see why humanity’s most important efforts require global, collaborative solutions.

“At the heart of Earth Day’s 2021 theme, Restore Our Earth, is optimism, a critically needed sentiment in a world ravaged by both climate change and the pandemic," said Kathleen Rogers, president of In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing three past blog posts packed with real action steps and resources to help your department honor the planet through sustainable healthcare practices. Click the titles below to learn more.

1 - How healthcare can heal the planet

2 - An achievable sustainability initiative for your SPD

3 - One more achievable sustainability initiative for your SPD

Download the infographicOn the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, 20 million people came out onto the streets across the U.S., an event that to this day remains the largest civic event in human history.

In the digital age, we can connect to our global community, communicate a shared purpose, and
commit ourselves to take action in personal and professional realms. Please share your sustainability efforts and plans for future action in the comments below!


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What you can't see can hurt you and your patients


Effective sterilization depends on...thorough cleaningCleaning is the critical first step that can make or break the efficacy of instrument reprocessing. Yet, we’re reminded again and again of the ways cleaning can go off the rails. Today we’re sharing a true story of the SPD, with a side-by-side comparison that demonstrates the concept of “Caveat emptor,” also known as “Let the buyer beware.”

The case of the murky detergent

One of our Case Medical Representatives recently visited a great sterile processing department to demonstrate the effectiveness of some SuperNova® Instrument Chemistries. Nothing beats a side-by-side comparison, so two sinks were filled with water and the proper amount of detergent for a soak test.

As the sinks began to fill, it was immediately apparent that the two products were not behaving the same way. The basin with SuperNova Detergent (below, left) was crystal clear, while the second basin (below, right) was filling with suds, rising up to 4 inches above the water level!

SuperNova 25 vs the Other Detergent

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Let the buyer beware warning signThe reason this foam is so concerning is three-fold.

  • First, we know that it’s dangerous to put your hands into a sink when you cannot see what your hands may come into contact with. There is risk of injury due to insufficient segregation of sharps.
  • Second, foam can cause problems with automatic washers and pump systems.
  • And third, excess foam can lead to residue if rinsing time is too short or if the water quality is below standard.

AAMI ST79 defines an ideal cleaning agent in section 7.6.3. The cleaning agent should

    1. Checklist with all items checkedbe compatible with the medical device or container system to be cleaned as well as with the materials used in the cleaning equipment itself;
    2. be efficacious on the types of clinical soil typically found on medical instruments after clinical use;
    3. be nonabrasive;
    4. be low-foaming;
    5. be free-rinsing (i.e., easily removed from the medical device);
    6. be biodegradable;
    7. rapidly dissolve/disperse soil;
    8. be nontoxic; and
    9. have a shelf life and use-life consistent with the anticipated clinical use.

 If the detergent in your SPD is not low-foaming, take a look at the longer definition of caveat emptor: it is the principle that the buyer alone is responsible for checking the quality and suitability of goods before a purchase is made.


Prevention is the best protection

Safety Data SheetsWhen assessing any chemical for use in your department, check it against the AAMI list of characteristics of an ideal cleaning agent. Review the SDS—get it from the vendor or track it down online—to understand the pH level and any risks to staff and the environment.

Our customers sometimes discover they’ve received incorrect information when depending on verbal assurances from sales reps. Sometimes cleaners cannot be released into the wastewater system. Other times, personnel in decontamination experience skin reactions or headaches triggered by harsh ingredients or unnecessary fragrances and dyes.

SuperNova DetergentIISaferChoice_DfE_RGB-1You can get rid of troublesome cleaners in your department. Utilize our line of SuperNova® instrument chemistries that are U.S. EPA Safer Choice labeled (no other instrument cleaning products can say that!) and possess all the characteristics of an ideal cleaning agent, per AAMI ST79. Contact us now for more information on our U.S. EPA Safer Choice labeled cleaners and lubricant, ideal for ideal for instrument processing and safer for you and your patients.


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