Testimony on ONE TRAY®- Director of Perioperative Nursing

By kschlachter

“With our old container system, we relied upon a different technology to sterilize our retina lenses. That process took about 24 hours, meaning we could use a lens for a single case and that was it for the day. We are now performing up to eight retina cases a day when our retina physician is…

ONE TRAY® Extended Shelf Life Testing

By kschlachter

ONE TRAY® was cleared in 2006 by the FDA with a validated 48-hour storage period following steam sterilization on a 4-minute prevacuum cycle at 270 degrees with no dry time required.  The FDA has acknowledged that the product was cleared with this storage period within which processed devices should be used. Innovative Sterilization has conducted…

Understanding FLASH and the Change in Terminology

By kschlachter

Understanding FLASH per the CMS 2014 document. In a memorandum from the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group on August 29, 2014, CMS outlined the changes in terminology with Flash sterilization and Immediate Use Steam Sterilization (IUSS). ¹  “Change in Terminology: “Flash” Sterilization vs. IUSS: Nationally recognized organizations with expertise in infection…

FLASH Cycle vs. FLASH Sterilization

By kschlachter

FLASH is an antiquated term; it is no longer used in our industry today.  In 2011, the multi societies came together to remove the word FLASH from the industry.  The new word the societies created was Immediate Use Steam Sterilization (IUSS). IUSS became the new term, that replaced Flash from the aspect of no dry…

Even Sterilization Cannot Excuse Poor Cleaning Practices

By kschlachter

The global pandemic has dramatically underscored the value of infection control protocols. But, already there had been new emphasis on infection prevention and reducing readmissions due to healthcare-acquired infections — and so more attention than ever on endoscope reprocessing, says Mary Ann Drosnock, manager of clinical education for endoscopy with Healthmark Industries. “I feel like these…