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Expertly curated sterilization and infection control news. Plus tips and best practices on how to get the most out of your Andersen Sterilizer.

Beyond Clean and Andersen Take A Deep Dive on Ethylene Oxide

A Deep Dive on Ethylene Oxide

Directly following the premiere of Andersen’s “Beyond the Tour” episode, our sterilization experts & the Beyond Clean team participated in a live Q&A session with viewers.

Some of the questions addressed were:
-Isn’t EO more dangerous than other sterilization systems?
-I thought ethylene oxide was going to be banned.
-Are you suggesting ethylene oxide will replace hydrogen peroxide?

Read the highlights of the Q & A or watch the entire conversation.

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Beyond the Tour Episode

Film Series Tells Andersen Sterilizers’ Story of Innovation & Disruption

Andersen is pleased to be featured in the world premiere of “Beyond the Tour” – a film series produced by Beyond Clean, highlighting stories of innovation and disruption in the healthcare industry that deserve to be told. In this premiere episode, Andersen takes viewers behind-the-scenes to reveal the processes, technology, culture and innovation that has made it a leader in 100% ethylene oxide (EO) sterilization for more than 60 years.

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SARS-CoV-2 in animals

The story of COVID-19’s impact in animals continues to evolve rapidly. Our friends at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) have just released this updated informational page regarding “SARS-CoV-2 in animals.” – Andersen

American Veterinary Medical Association – On April 22, the CDC announced the first National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL)-confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in two pet cats. These are the first pets in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2. Currently we have no information that suggests that pets might be a source of infection for people with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19

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The EPA Is Literally Making People Sick

Despite its somewhat sensational title, this opinion piece contains solid information on the recent history of EO and why the medical community should take another look at the science backing this incredibly effective sterilant. -Andersen

Issues & Insights — Medical devices can do more harm than good unless properly sterilized and disinfected by applying agents such as Ethylene Oxide (EtO) gas. And, because of deeply flawed federal studies and subsequent state and local actions based on this shoddy science, production of sterilizing agents such as EtO has been put on the backburner. Policymakers must examine all the evidence at hand and keep patients safe from COVID-19 contamination.

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VOX Wuhan

9 charts that explain the coronavirus pandemic: What symptoms are most common, which groups are most at risk, and more

Things took a dramatic turn in the US yesterday in relation to COVID-19. Here is a interesting snapshot, shown in 9 infographics. – Andersen

Vox Media — The outbreak of Covid-19, a coronavirus-caused illness that originated in Wuhan, China, and has since spread to most of the world, is one of the most serious public health crises in decades

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Plague-Infected Prairie Dogs Cause Parks to Close Near Denver

Smithsonian — In late July, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service shut down the 15,000-acre Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge north of the city when fleas infected with the plague bacterium Yersinia pestis were found in the refuge’s black-tailed prairie dog colonies. “We are closing trails and spraying an insecticide to kill fleas in plague-affected areas where there might be humans.”

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