Aurora House and the importance of good neighbours

We moved. From the 1st September we are in Aurora House on the University of Highlands and Islands campus in Inverness. Why should you care? Because we noticed a few lessons during that move that, we believe, apply to most start-ups, and especially to those product focused and with technical and engineering niche. Good neighbours matter. Not only because it …

Hard work pays off

After weeks of hard work, the moment has arrived: we have finally revealed the new uSonic washer. Just in time for the 4-day conference with potential distributors from Belgium and the USA. The Belgian company operates not only within the borders of their native land, but the Netherlands and Luxemburg as well, while the American company covers the entire country. …

Internal affairs – cleaning the bloody mess (the one about washer disinfector cycle optimisation)

Everyone talks about optimising washer disinfector cycles and I have presented my holistic approach to the subject before in the Volume 19, No. 2 issue of this journal. Since that time, however, there was a significant development on the statutory side of things – we now have an official goal to achieve – put it simply, 5µg per side per …

Prewash, Mainwash and Greenwash – sustainability in decontamination context

This is really a continuation of the line of thinking from one of my first blogs/articles entitled “process versus result”. This time explored through sustainability, a big word that is now in fashion. Sustainability is often simplified to “being green” and “eco”. These words, however, divert attention from the true essence of sustainable development. An often cited definition explains sustainable …

Extrospective approach to decontamination – the need for the external perspective

For some time now I have been thinking about the shape of the decontamination process. Almost everyone is now familiar with the famous multicolour diagram depicting the concept of surgical equipment reprocessing. That’s good news. However, at the same time, I am starting to think that we are too familiar with it. We take it for granted to the level …