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 …

Robots, robots everywhere!

Picking up on my presentation at IDSc Conference in Blackpool, I wanted to expand on the thought of introducing robotics and automation into the decontamination environment. And at the beginning, I need to stress out that I am not talking about a robot to automate a single task but about an entire robotised infrastructure that will automate the whole  decontamination …