By: admin • Published December 10, 2018 FDA petitioned to ban reprocessing of orthopedic implantable devices
By: admin • Published December 10, 2018 UT researcher calls on FDA to change rules to address spine screw contamination
By: admin • Published November 29, 2018 Implant infection after spinal fusion correlated with pedicle screw loosening, ongoing pain
By: admin • Published October 16, 2018 Current use of contaminated pedicle screws & required practice for asepsis in spine surgery
By: admin • Published September 24, 2018 Surgeons call for ban on pedicle screw reuse and demand two-step asepsis process
By: admin • Published September 24, 2018 Shielding the pedicle screws intraoperatively using a guard provides a superior level of asepsis than currently practiced. All unshielded pedicles screws were carrying bioburden of virulent bacterial species, which provides an opportunity for the development of postoperative
By: admin • Published September 24, 2018 Both reprocessing and handling of implants seem to lead to contamination of sterilized implants. Using a terminally sterilized device may mitigate reprocessing, whereas the use of fresh gloves for handling each implant and/or a permanent shielding technique could potentially avoid recontamination at the theatre.
By: admin • Published September 24, 2018 Repeatedly reprocessed pedicle screws host corrosion, carbohydrate, fat, and soap, which could be a cause of surgical site infection and inflammatory responses postsurgery. The cause behind it is the impracticality of repeated cleaning and inspection of such devices.