New! Specialist Decontamination Seminar from Eastwood Park and IHEEM

This seminar presents a unique opportunity to hear from renowned decontamination experts on chemical/biological sterilization process indicators and low temperature sterilization validation processes, to help you and your teams make more informed decisions.

07 September 2017, 9am-4pm (8:30am to register)

Eastwood Park, Falfield, Gloucestershire, GL12 8DA

Moist heat/steam sterilization cycles – used for sterilization of 90% of all sterile surgical instrument sets - are most commonly measured using parametric assessment methods. Low temperature sterilization processes – required for sterilization of a number of reusable medical devices - require other methods including chemical and biological indicators (CI’s & BI’s).

The day will include the following:

Chemical/biological indicators

  • an explanation of CI’s & BI’s
  • an understanding of labelled characteristics
  • discussions on the various formats
  • a debate on read out time in relation to modern rapid response BI’s

including when, where and how they should be used.

Validation of low temperature sterilization processes

External contractors frequently conduct sterilization of reusable medical devices, but it is the medical device owners’ responsibility for ensuring the sterilization processes are effective, safe and that instruments are fit for use.

  • evaluation of the three major low temperature processes used for “in-house” sterilization
    • ethylene oxide; low temperature steam with formaldehyde; vapour phase hydrogen peroxide sterilization
  • understand each processes characteristics, process development, validation and routine monitoring
  • a brief introduction to irradiation sterilization

There will be a number of specialist speakers, including Richard Bancroft and Gary Wright, with the day lead by Dr Brian Kirk BSc, MSc, PhD, MRPharmS, FIHEEM, AE(D). Brian is widely acknowledged as a leader within his field.  He qualified as a Pharmacist and is a registered UK Authorising Engineer (Decontamination). Brian has a special responsibility for monitoring the development of national, european and international sterilization standards. He is a member of BSI, CEN and ISO committees, with responsibilities for developing chemical and biological indicator standards and steam and ethylene oxide sterilization processes. His extensive career includes experience as an NHS quality control pharmacist; a development scientist for sterilization products at 3M Health Care, where he was part of the original team that developed 3M Electronic Test System (ETS). He has a Masters in Pharmaceutical Analysis and has undertaken award-winning doctoral research into modelling behaviours of CI’s and BI’s in the steam sterilization processes.

There is a special rate for all IHEEM members £165 and non-IHEEM members £195.  Please email us or call +44 (0)1454 262777. 

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