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Bionova® Auto-Reader Incubators, including IC1020FR, IC1020FR LCD, MiniBio and MiniPro, do not require preventive maintenance because the system possess an automatic checking test that informs if the equipment presents a deviation from normal performance. Corrective maintenance will only be needed if the incubator alerts of a malfunction.
Equipment must be used according to the user’s manual. The manual includes: instructions on how to use, warnings, storage and operating temperature, energy source specifications, cleaning instructions.
You can download the User´s Manual of each Auto-Reader in the corresponding section on our website: www.terragene.com.ar/en/products/infection-control/incubators
We assure the correct performance of our BIs for a specified period of time (2 years normally) if properly handled and stored as our specifications indicates.
Due to random factors there might be unexpected false negative results. For this reason AAMI ST79 recommends always using a BI as a positive control (non-exposed to sterilization process) from the same lot number as the one being used for testing.
Endoscopes are extremely complex reusable medical devices. Due to their contact with mucous membranes and human tissues, cleaning and high-level disinfection processes prior to reuse must be carried out in order to avoid pathogen transmission.
Endoscope reprocessing involving automatic washer disinfectors requires minimal user intervention and generates highly reproducible washing cycles. It is therefore essential to control the efficacy of these processes in order to ensure compliance with cleanliness standards.
Terragene® launches Lumenia System. A complete line of challenge devices and tests soil to control flexible endoscopes washing efficiency.
Coronavirus refers to a wide family of viruses some of which affect humans and cause a great variety of illness. 2019-nCoV is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan (China) in the year 2019. The symptoms of virus infections range from mild to severe and ocasionally could be fatal. Older people, and those with pre-existing medical conditions are more prone to become severely ill due to Coronavirus infection .
2019-nCov can be transmitted from person to person after close contact with an infected patient. The spread is primarily through respiratory droplets generated when a person coughs, sneezes, or through saliva droplets or nose discharge.
Prevention is the first barrier to avoid the spreading of the virus. Washing hands frequently, practice respiratory hygiene, maintain at least 1 meter between individuals, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; are effective personal measures. Room disinfection is also an important prevention action and hydrogen peroxide has long been used as a disinfectant against viruses, yeasts and bacterial spores. Assuring a proper disinfection process is thus essential [2-4].
At Terragene® we have developed a family of products to assess the efficiency of airborne & surface disinfection through hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The line is composed of two different Chemical Indicators (ChemSurf: Aerosol and Vapor) and a Biological Indicator (BioSurf). ChemSurf allows the correct monitoring of all critical parameters of the process: time, temperature and H2O2 concentration. Its special 3D design concedes the possibility to evaluate the disinfection process in surfaces with different spatial dispositions. BioSurf is the first fluorescence-based super rapid biological indicator in the market and is fully compatible with all Bionova® Fluorescence Automatic Readers and Bionova® Traceability Software.
 World Health Organization (WHO) https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses
 Andersen, B. M., Rasch, M., Hochlin, K., Jensen, F. H., Wismar, P., & Fredriksen, J. E. (2006). Decontamination of rooms, medical equipment and ambulances using an aerosol of hydrogen peroxide disinfectant. Journal of Hospital Infection, 62(2), 149-155.
 Pottage, T., Richardson, C., Parks, S., Walker, J. T., & Bennett, A. M. (2010). Evaluation of hydrogen peroxide gaseous disinfection systems to decontaminate viruses. Journal of Hospital Infection, 74(1), 55-61.
 Heckert, R. A., Best, M., Jordan, L. T., Dulac, G. C., Eddington, D. L., & Sterritt, W. G. (1997). Efficacy of vaporized hydrogen peroxide against exotic animal viruses. Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 63(10), 3916-3918.
As is well known, biological indicators provide the highest level of sterility assurance for infection prevention.
Our product specialists wrote an interesting article on their quality parameters.
Currently, many healthcare institutions use their own software to record information related to their daily processes. However, these softwares could not be directly connected to the different Bionova® incubators, so the sterilization process within such software remained incomplete.
In order to meet such requirement, Bionova® software incorporates (as of version 3.5) a new module named “Bionova® Exchange”. Such module interfaces between the incubators and the third party software, using a system of XML files to implement the data exchange between both systems. Results are exported at the same time they are being saved within Bionova® software.
For more information, you can download the Software Manual on our website (link below) or you can contact our Product Specialists asking for the Bionova® Exchange Module – Developer’s Manual.
Did you know that 1 out of 10 hospitalized patients around the world is healthcare-associated Infections victim?
Health care-associated infections (HCAIs) are infections that patients acquire while receiving treatment for medical or surgical conditions and are the most frequent adverse event during care delivery. Its impact can result in prolonged hospital stays, long-term disability, increased resistance of microorganisms to antimicrobial agents, a massive additional financial burden for the health system, high costs for patients and their families, and excess deaths. Every year millions of people are threatened by these diseases.
By implementing the correct control of the process of washing, disinfecting and sterilizing instruments it can avoid this global problem. Terragene develops and markets the broadest range of indicators to monitor these processes and there by improve patient safety.
Reference: World Health Organization www.who.int/infection-prevention/en/
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