Disposable Plastics: Single-Use Medical Devices vs. Better Autoclave Procedures

The healthcare industry has an established way to deal with hard-to-sterilize medical instruments: disposable plastics Although single-use disposable plastics are under fire (consider the “war on drinking straws“), it’s important to keep in mind that modern disposable plastics literally save millions of lives annually: I keep seeing people advocating for the ban of all single-use … Continue reading “Disposable Plastics: Single-Use Medical Devices vs. Better Autoclave Procedures”

Surgical Instrument Sterilization Crisis: Instruments That Can’t Be Autoclaved

Technologically advanced medical instruments save countless lives each year, helping millions of patients avoid the risks that come with open surgery. But the same advanced mechanisms that make these instruments so versatile and effective can also make advanced surgical instrument sterilization devilishly hard. According to a recent New York Times article, over the last several years … Continue reading “Surgical Instrument Sterilization Crisis: Instruments That Can’t Be Autoclaved”