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From: TSS (216-119-144-88.ipset24.wt.net)
Subject: SEVEN MAJOR SAFETY INCIDENTS/ALERTS IN 12 MONTHS
Date: November 11, 2004 at 8:47 am PST

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Subject: SEVEN MAJOR SAFETY INCIDENTS/ALERTS IN 12 MONTHS
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2004 09:19:49 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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SEVEN MAJOR SAFETY INCIDENTS/ALERTS IN 12 MONTHS
11-11-2004 08:13

LONDON, November 11 /PRNewswire/ --
- How Safe is the UK Endoscopy Sector?
Sterilox Technologies International, Britain's leading endoscopy and
bacteria-free rinse water specialist, today launched a campaign designed
to raise awareness of the dangers faced by both healthcare workers and
endoscopy patients, and to highlight that there are safe, efficacious
and cost-effective alternatives to the dangerous disinfectants used in
many UK endoscopy units.
The company cites the following sector developments as a catalyst for
its campaign:
June 04 Over 3000 endoscopy patients were recalled in Northern Ireland
following concerns about inadequate disinfection of 15 endoscopes. June
04 A Scottish trust was fined GBP3000 and found guilty of breaking
health and safety regulations by exposing a staff nurse to
glutaraldehyde. June 04 MHRA Alert: risk of transmission of infection
because of inadequate decontamination. May 04 MHRA Alert: repeated
exposure to Cidex(R) OPA following manual re-processing of urological
instruments, may have resulted in hypersensitivity in some patients with
a history of bladder cancer undergoing repeated cystoscopy. December 03
DoH guidelines stating glutaraldehyde and OPA should not be used for any
procedure on patients with a possible diagnosis of CJD or at risk of
developing CJD. October 03 BSG guidelines stating that OPA, peracetic
acid and chlorine dioxide are all potential skin and respiratory
sensitisers requiring the same handling precautions as glutaraldehyde
including fume extraction and PPE. October 03 HSE launched a nationwide
campaign to raise awareness of the adverse impact of working with
substances such as glutaraldehyde - i.e. it causes occupational asthma
and dermatitis.

The campaign will target decision-makers and influencers such as the Rt.
Hon. Dr Reid MP, Secretary of State for Health, the Chief Executives of
Trusts and Infection Control Heads, as well nurses, healthcare workers
and organisation which represent their interests - such as the RCN and
Unison.
"2004 has to be a watershed for the UK endoscopy sector," commented Paul
Donnelly, Managing Director, Sterilox Technologies International.
"Everyone involved, from patients and medical staff to administrators
and suppliers must now make sure that patients and healthcare workers
will no longer be exposed to unnecessary health risks because we have
the technology, we have the knowledge and we have the expertise to solve
this major problem.
"Over 75% of healthcare workers are exposed unnecessarily to
occupational risks - risks that could be eliminated overnight - and yet
the industry is slow to change.
"Experts, such as Dr David Taylor who is one of Europe's leading
authorities on TSE research, tell us that the risk of patient exposure
to vCJD prions is significantly reduced by using non-fixative single-use
disinfectants, yet many hospitals do not use them. Why?
"We can no longer ignore the lessons of history and there has never been
a better time to make this sector safe - that is what we should all
collectively aim to achieve."
Notes to editors
Sterilox Technologies Inc., is a privately-owned corporation,
established in 1996 and based in Delaware, US. The company's European
headquarters are in Stoke-on Trent, UK.
The company's core product is Sterilox, a safe, fast-acting,
broad-spectrum biocide, often referred to as 'super-oxidized' water.
Sterilox is produced when required using a patented electrolytic cell
from water and common salt (sodium chloride), and the main active
component of the mixture is hypochlorous acid, a powerful disinfectant.
Solutions are fast acting, non-toxic and non-hazardous making them ideal
for the rapid, cold sterilisation of heat-sensitive surgical instruments
such as endoscopes. The company supplies a complete range of generators
and automated washer/disinfectors plus Optident Sterilox, a system
developed specifically for the dental market.
For More Information contact: Simon McKay, TEL +44-(0)1353-741-075,
E-MAIL howard@thesevenpartnership.com, simon@thesevenpartnership.com


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http://www.itnews.it/risorse/EuroNews,Zj0xMTM5OTk4

http://www.newratings.com/analyst_news/article_508114.html

http://www.vegsource.com/talk/madcow/messages/9911422.html

http://www.vegsource.com/talk/madcow/messages/91365.html

http://www.rense.com/general34/scopes.htm

http://www.vegsource.com/talk/lyman/messages/9910417.html

http://www.vegsource.com/talk/madcow/messages/9911694.html

some history on the topic of sporadic CJDs and Endoscopy Equipment ???

From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr." >

Date: Sat Nov 30, 2002 11:13 am
Subject: Fears over risk from surgical instruments--ENDOSCOPY EQUIPMENT
ETC...

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/cjdvoice/message/22929

From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr." >

Date: Tue Mar 5, 2002 10:37 am
Subject: Re: [CJDVoice] sporadic CJDs and Endoscopy Equipment ???

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/cjdvoice/message/20647

From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr." >

Date: Thu Mar 7, 2002 1:03 pm
Subject: ever want to be a fly on the wall??? ENDOSCOPY's AND CJD's or
any TSE

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/cjdvoice/message/20663

From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr." >

Date: Mon Aug 27, 2001 2:51 pm
Subject: Re: [CJDVoice] CJD AND ENDOSCOPY EQUIPMENT -- (RUBBERS FOR
ENDOSCOPES) 'BRILLIANT' just need to use them...

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/cjdvoice/message/18796

From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr." >

Date: Sat Aug 25, 2001 11:59 pm
Subject: Re: [CJDVoice] CJD AND ENDOSCOPY EQUIPMENT --
Creutzfeldt-Jakob: all endoscop...

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/cjdvoice/message/18786


http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/cjdvoice/messagesearch/18486?query=sporadic%20CJDs%20and%20Endoscopy%20Equipment%20%3F%3F%3F%20

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/cjdvoice/message/18777

http://www.vegsource.com/talk/madcow/messages/91365.html

TSS

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