Sustainability, the buzz word for environmentally preferred products and processes.

The sustainability movement is maturing and companies, including medical device manufacturers and their suppliers, are making it a fundamental part of their business process. According to the US EPA, “Sustainability meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Sustainability diagram

 

Companies are actively searching for ways to make their devices more environmentally friendly. Part of that effort focuses on packaging.

Sustainable packaging is cost effective, safe, and healthy for individuals and communities. According to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, sustainable packaging is defined as follows:

  • meets market criteria for performance and cost
  • is manufactured and recycled using renewable energy
  • optimizes the use of renewable and recycled raw materials
  • is manufactured using clean production technologies and best practices
  • is made from materials healthy in all probable end-of-life scenarios
  • is physically designed to optimize materials and energy.

Case Medical has developed sustainable products for sterilization, storage, and transportation manufactured from renewable resources and treated for corrosion resistance and durability. The company’s SteriTite reusable, sealed container system is truly universal, compatible with all current sterilization modalities. In addition, the containers as well as the MediTray insertsand accessories are anodized and passivated to prevent corrosion and provide a long useful life.

To further ensure that surgical devices can be properly cleaned and decontaminated, Case Medical has validated and manufactured pH neutral instrument chemistries recognized by the EPA under the Design for the Environment program. The company’s CaseSolutions and super concentrated SuperNova cleaners are manufactured from water soluble, non hazardous chemicals in a solution of high purity RO water.

Case Medical is constantly innovating its line of sustainable packaging for hospitals and leading major medical companies as well as its safe and effective instrument cleaning products. We hope that you will begin to think about how you and your facility can take steps toward becoming more sustainable in your daily life.

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Case Medical Receives DfE Partnership from the EPA

 
This DfE-Case Medical partnership is an EPA partnership program and means that Case Medical’s SuperNova and Case Solutions instrument cleaners contain only those ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class and adhere to a set of practices designed for the environment. 
 
Product manufacturers who become Design for the Environment partners have invested heavily in research, development and reformulation, to ensure that their ingredients and finished product line up on the green end of the health and environmental spectrum while maintaining or improving product performance. Case Medical is recognized by the EPA for its commitment to protecting not only the patient but future generations by utilizing ingredients that pose the least amount of harm. 

Our containers are FDA 510k cleared and our cleaners are endorsed by the EPA. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions regarding this endorsement.
 
Check out our instrument chemistry line that qualified for this recognition:
 
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Our newest 510k for SteriTite containers in the STERRAD 100NX

Press Release for July 7, 2011: Case Medical announces a major breakthrough in sterilization technology.

On July 1, 2011 Case Medical received FDA 510k clearance for its SteriTite sealed container system and MediTray products for use in STERRAD 100 NX sterilization system for use in both standard and flex cycles. Case Medical offers a universal sterilization system that is compatible with all current methods of sterilization including steam as well as low temperature modalities.

The company’s SteriTite container system meets sterilizer manufacturers’ recommendations for surfaces and lumens, including rigid and flexible endoscopes. The SteriTite container is made from an aircraft-grade of anodized aluminum for full corrosion resistance and maximum durability. The DIN sizing is ideal for containerizing custom fabricated specialty and loaner sets. Case Medical has continued to offer the healthcare community innovative and cost effective sterilization solutions that are ideal for standardization and contribute to patient safety.

Located in South Hackensack, New Jersey, Case Medical, Inc. is the leader in advanced container system design. An acknowledged innovator, custom manufacturer with ISO certified quality systems in place, Case Medical, is committed to developing, manufacturing and implementing the industry’s safest and most effective sterilization systems. From design to destination, Case Medical provides leading-edge products for decontamination and infection control.

Click here for a printable version of the press release.

For more information, including test results, contact Lydia Kasani at 888-227-CASE, ext. 206.

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Case Academy Online! Earn your CE credits for free!

Introducing the New Case Academy Online!Click to go to Case Academy online

In recognition of the continuing need for education, training and continual quality improvement, Case Medical is pleased to offer an online series of accredited courses for healthcare professionals.

The study guides include current topics, information related to instrument processing and surgical support services. Our on-line programs focus on Decontamination, Packaging, Sterilization, Rigid Container Systems and Green Instrument Chemistries.  These programs can be used once within a re-certification period. Upon completion of the post-test you will receive via e-mail a program completion certificate which you can submit to IAHCSMM or the CBSPD for your re-certification.

Allow some time for processing of the grades. Successful completion of each lesson is worth 1 – 1.5 CE points. For questions please contact us at contact@casemed.com. or  Click here to learn more and get started!

Feel free to tell your friends and colleagues.

 

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SteriTite universal containers are the best for containerizing loaner instrument sets

Case Medical has been manufacturing custom tray systems for many orthopedic companies for nearly twenty years.  Our SteriTite sealed container was designed to meet the DIN standard for perfect fit of these custom sets.   While most loaners and consignment trays are wrapped, many users have been looking to manufacturers to offer options for containerizing these sets.  They have been concerned about torn wrappers, wet packs, extended re-processing times, delayed cases and cost.

Now, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) is in the process of reviewing ST77, the document that addresses “Containment devices for reusable medical device sterilization.” This document provides manufacturers of containment devices with guidelines for performance testing, labeling and design criteria. Most recently, a task force was formed to draft an Annex to ST77 that addresses using rigid containers as an alternative to disposable wrap for custom sets.  This draft document will provide the manufacturers as well as users with guidelines to appropriately address the use of containment devices within sterilization container systems and develop language for guidance on product families.

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Our new Instructional Video page

Introducing Case Medical’s Instructional Video tutorials for customers and Sterile Processing professionals. These videos demonstrate the correct way to assemble and use our line of products. We will be adding more videos in the coming weeks about our Case Solutions line of pH neutral detergents and hardware accessories.

Remember still, if you have any questions please call our clinical and product specialists at (201) 313-1999.

Click here to start watching!

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Addressing Instrument Breakage

One of the functions of a CS tech is to provide the OR with surgical instrumentation that is in good functioning condition.  Delicate instrumentation like eye instrumentation can easily be damaged if heavier instrumentation is dropped on top of them or if the tip of the instruments get caught in the holes of the trays.  Maintaining these surgical instruments in good functioning condition can be a costly endeavour in a time of cost savings and reductions environment.  Some instrument baskets are not conducive to prevent instrument breakage and can further aid to damage them.  Trays that provide the ability to customize the layout of the basket and to place every component of the tray in an organized manner to preventing them from moving during transport are the ideal trays.  There are manufacturers of these customized trays that can help you design your own set.   Users who have already switched to utilized these customized trays have saved thousands of dollars on instrument repairs.

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A uniform color for STERRAD load cards

In a central service environment there are many alerts to follow, gauges to monitor, and colors to determine process.   It is a very fast environment in which staff are under much pressure to deliver products within very short turn around cycles.  Mistakes can easily be made when procuring indicators, locks and load cards with different color schemes.  Consistency is an essential tool in error prevention.  Our goal was to produce a load card with a color scheme consistent with the same color scheme already sold by STERRAD and help the central service technician complete their tray assembly job without errors.  Our new load card changes from red to yellow as the STERRAD internal indicator and tape does. For more information on this product call your sales representative.

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Dealing with Wet Packs

Wet Pack

 Wet packs represent one of the greatest problems in sterility maintenance in CSS.  A “wet pack” is when a load is pulled from the autoclave and droplets of water are found on top of the pack or moisture is found inside the pack when it is opened.  Both AORN and AAMI recommend against the use of an item that is wet or contains visible moisture inside the set even if it is inside a rigid container (ANSI/AAMI ST79; AORN 2009).  Wet packs can be caused by a number of problems, including:

  • Clogged drain lines
  • Poor steam quality
  • Improperly drained steam supply lines
  • Incorrect loading of the sterilizer (e.g., items are packed too tightly on the cart or placed incorrectly on the cart)
  • Incorrect  packaging materials or methods
  • Insufficient drying time
  • Sets or trays that are too heavy
  • Improper density of set/pack
  •  Incorrect configuration of instrument sets
  • Use of incorrect tray liners or instrument protective devices
  • Incorrect sterilizer installation (Perkins)
  • The type of container being used (material, weight), design
  • Non-compliance with environmental controls for the preparation and packaging area
  • How packs/trays are handled after sterilization (allowed to cool completely?  Placed on a cold surface?)
  • The environmental conditions and location of the cool down area (e.g. location of air conditioning vents)

It is advisable to prepare a check list with all common possible causes and begin an elimination process until the root cause of the problem is found. Also review ANSI/AAMI ST79:2006—Comprehensive Guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities and ANSI/AAMI ST77:2006—Containment devices for
reusable medical device sterilization).

 
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Verifying your new SteriTite Containers

Placement of Biological Cultures

 Once you have purchased your new rigid container systems, you must verify the system in your facility’s equipment.  This testing is completed in order to verify that there are no problems as well as to identify technical problems to be resolved in consultation with the container system manufacturer as well as sterilizer manufacturer and the device manufacturer. (ST79 10.10.3) Case Medical recommends that users should conduct a pre purchase evaluation of the SteriTite container to verify manufacturer’s test results. In each rigid container system to be tested, BIs and CIs should be placed strategicaly along side each other at locations that present the greatest challenge. Place BIs and CIs in a lower corner and diagonaly opposite upper corner of the tray and the under side of the lid to maximize the challenge. BIs may be suspended by tape. The test container should contain instrumentation. After the cycle, the user should incubate the BIs following the BI manufacturer’s written instructions. Testing is not a substitute for routine monitoring. (ST79 10.10.3.2.2.1). Testing helps to ensure adequate sterilant penetration and the reliabilty of the containment device.  Follow ANSI/AAMI ST79:2006/2008, ST77:2006 recommendations for verification of Rigid Containers.

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