42016Jul
Testing methods for the quality of a heat sealed pouch

Testing methods for the quality of a heat sealed pouch

In Sterile Service Departments (SSDs), it is vital that heat sealed pouches are properly sealed to minimise the risk of Surgical Site Infections (SSIs). Any medical device that has the integrity of its sterility compromised can prove to be fatal to a patient being operated on in theatre. It is for this reason that many…

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162016Jun
Blood produced in factories is closer than you think

Blood produced in factories is closer than you think

It is the stuff of science fiction. Imagine never having to worry about low blood stocks and instead being able to manufacture red blood cells as and when you need it? It might sound a bit unbelievable now, but in fact scientists are edging closer to actually transfusing small quantities of manufactured red blood cells…

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12016Jun
Wrapping surgical instruments in Sterile Services

Wrapping surgical instruments in Sterile Services

Clinical Sterile Service Departments (CSSDs) often use a combination of pouches and wrapping depending on the type of surgical instrument they are protecting from contamination. In last month’s blog, we looked at self-seal pouches and how their sterility is questionable in comparison to heat sealed pouches. Pouches of any type are generally used for smaller…

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42016May
How secure are self-seal sterilisation bags?

How secure are self-seal sterilisation bags?

Many Clinical Sterile Service Departments (CSSDs) use heat sealed pouches to protect surgical instruments such as scalpels, hemostats and forceps from contamination. These heat sealed pouches are usually clear on one side, allowing the user to see what is inside and paper on the other side to allow the steam from an autoclave to penetrate…

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12016Apr
Consider the hidden costs of your service contract

Consider the hidden costs of your service contract

Regularly servicing your laboratory equipment is crucial in not only prolonging the life of your instrument but also in protecting the user from a potentially lethal electrical or mechanical fault. Many laboratories use expert companies such as us to maintain their laboratory equipment and also offer technical advice. In a bid to try and save…

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12016Feb
Test your blood donation knowledge!

Test your blood donation knowledge!

Last month’s blog was about choosing to donate blood this year if you do not do so already. I’m sure that after you read that blog, you rushed out to book an appointment with your local Give Blood venue. Of course you did! Well, now you are all familiar with blood donation, here’s a little…

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42016Jan
Make 2016 the year you give blood

Make 2016 the year you give blood

First of all, happy New Year to everyone and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break. With 2016 now upon us, so too are the New Year’s resolutions. Many people will choose one of the more common Yew Year’s resolutions: lose weight, take more exercise, eat more healthily and so on. Whilst these…

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82015Dec
Caring for your centrifuge

Caring for your centrifuge

Here at Henderson Biomedical, we service and repair all makes of centrifuges. Most centrifuges we come across are well maintained. However, there are occasions when one of our service engineers is presented with an instrument which is not only in very bad condition, but also unsafe to use. Regularly servicing your centrifuge will prolong the…

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62015Nov
Beware of cheap imported centrifuges

Beware of cheap imported centrifuges

President Xi Jinping’s warm welcome by David Cameron during a recent state visit to the UK reinforces our clear intentions to do more business with China. Indeed, many key infrastructure projects have already been awarded to Chinese firms as the UK aims to form a closer relationship with the world’s newest superpower. For a long…

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