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Pillars of Development for new AE(D) candidates

Tue, 08/03/2022
The role of an AE(D) as an expert has become even more critical over the course of the past 18 months, as Covid-19 has challenged new standards for sterilization and decontamination, especially within medical facilities. At the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM), the independent specialist organization who oversees the Healthcare Estates Sector, the ongoing challenge...
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Role of AE(D) Staff in driving Steam Quality

Wed, 26/01/2022
One of the most important aspects of maintaining patient and staff safety within hospital environments is preventing infection, with steam quality at the forefront of decontamination and sterilization across multiple areas – most important of which is the reliable and consistent sterilization of reusable medical devices. The quality of the cleaning, disinfection and sterilization processes i...
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Understanding the Three Levels of Decontamination

Mon, 06/12/2021
Understanding the disinfection requirements and procedures is key for maintaining standards across the medical industry. Across the entire spectrum of appliances, devices and instruments, maintaining a rigorous decontamination schedule helps alleviate the transfer of potentially harmful micro-organisms to patients and staff. An understanding of the cycle of usage is a foundation for a broader unde...
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Authorised Person (Decontamination) services: What is this exactly?

Mon, 22/11/2021
In the medical sector, managing decontamination is a highly-complex and necessary aspect of running a facility. An AP(D) qualified person offers a range of specialist services and capabilities to help facilities maintain the highest standards of sterilisation and decontamination, including: Engineering management of decontamination equipment Line management and/or appointment of the CP(D) Safe an...
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High temperature exposure critical in neutralizing Covid-19

Thu, 21/10/2021
New research submission shows that the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19 can be neutralized by quick exposure to very high temperatures. A recent article in the journal Biotechnology and Bioengineering gives more information on a new fluidics system developed by a team at A&M University, Texas, that measures the sub-second heat inactivation of coronaviruses. In their research, the team u...
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AVM Services implements new Support Ticketing System

Tue, 03/08/2021
AVM Services have implemented a new ticketing system to help support our Authorising Engineers (Decontamination) (AED) clients. The AVM email-based ticketing system gives AE(D) clients a swifter and more efficient way to log requests, queries, receive feedback and reports. Clients can send their requests to a central support email address, after which the query is assigned to the correct AE(D) spe...
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AVM Services: Importance of Documentation (process and record-keeping) in Sterilisation

Thu, 10/06/2021
Of the many highly important aspects to consider in the decontamination and sterilization process is the need for a fully-documented process, not only in terms of what processes and procedures are in place, but how these are adhered to, measured and tracked, and also from a training and education perspective. Without these, one cannot verify that processes are successfully being completed, and the...
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AVM Services offers key outsource services for AP(D)

Thu, 03/06/2021
AVM Services, as specialists in decontamination and sterilization consultancy, training, validation, authorizing and servicing, offers Authorised Person (Decontamination) (AP(D)) services to help clients avoid unnecessary costs whilst maintaining required standards. AVM has a pool of expert, qualified staff – both internal and on contract – who are able to conduct a range of AP(D) eval...
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AVM Services Appoints new AP(D) Head

Fri, 30/04/2021
AVM Services, specialists in consultancy and training relating to the decontamination of reusable medical devices, have recently appointed Howard Walker as the Head of Authorised Person (Decontamination) services. A key part of AVM’s services is helping our clients with meeting and maintaining decontamination processes and standards, and in this role, Howard will be responsible for leading o...
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AVM Services Recognized with Two Key Accreditation Re-awards

Wed, 24/03/2021
AVM Services, the Cambridge-based decontamination and sterilization testing and validation specialists have been re-awarded two key accreditations. AVM, who offer numerous consultancy services including assurance and market testing, investigative, JAG Audits, AP(D) Placements and more, as well as a wide range of training courses including City & Guilds training, have been re-awarded the BSI IS...
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The Importance of Material Understanding in the Decontamination Process

Thu, 14/01/2021
In our ongoing series of articles around the topic of sterilisation processes, and considerations that include protocols, the design of a medical implement that requires decontamination and sterilisation and other factors to consider, we now move on to a more in-depth look at material design. Typically, the materials used to manufacture a medical device or implement will be metallic, non-metallic ...
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AVM Services Offers Bespoke Decontamination and Sterilization Courses

Wed, 16/12/2020
As the world and Europe face yet another series of lockdowns due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, there has been an increase in awareness around the need for decontamination and sterilization across numerous applications and sectors. To help develop a workforce that is properly trained in decontamination and sterilization within the medical and healthcare sector, and particularly for staff of ho...
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