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AVM at the Healthcare Estates Exhibition

Thu, 12/09/2019
AVM is pleased to be attending the 2019 Healthcare Estates Exhibition at Manchester Central, between October 8th and 9th. We will be joining over 240 other exhibitors and several thousand visitors at one of the most important annual events for healthcare estates professionals. If you haven’t decided whether to attend yet, it is worth spending a few minutes visiting the Exhibition Information...
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Authorised Person (Decon) Placements

Thu, 05/09/2019
AVM Services have now worked with a number of NHS partners to provide embedded Authorising Person (Decontamination) placements. Our mission is to work with Decontamination Units throughout the NHS and other organisations to ensure compliance and transition to a self-supporting system. Our AP(D) placements can call on the entire AVM team, including Authorising Engineers (Decon) for a wide range of ...
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Authorising Engineers - Friend or Foe?

Fri, 16/08/2019
There was a very interesting article in the Health Estates Journal (HEJ) from May 2019 that summarised a presentation made by Philip Lonsdale, an Authorising Engineer, on the topic of AEs – Friend or Foe? Authorising Engineers AEs provide a number of services including annual audits, incident investigations, training, review of plans and procedures, attendance at enforcement meetings. AEs sh...
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One more Job before the Holiday?

Thu, 01/08/2019
Don't Wait for Autumn It's that time of year when summer is in full swing and holidays are on the horizon! Autumn and Winter are traditionally busy times for everyone in our decontamination training team so remember to book your training courses soon so that you can relax, knowing that you've booked in for a date that suits you. Our Authorised Person (Decontamination) training course is espec...
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Trainee Authorising Engineer (Decontamination) Position

Fri, 26/07/2019
Growing our Decontamination Expertise AVM Services is pleased to welcome Wayne Hurst to our team as a Trainee Authorising Engineer (Decontamination). Some time ago, AVM recognised the need for more decontamination AEs in the sector and after putting together a comprehensive training programme, we were delighted to offer Wayne this position. Wayne has over 25 years' experience in medical services i...
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Stay on Top of Decontamination Standards

Mon, 01/07/2019
Don't Forget AVM's Essential Training Courses We are all living in very challenging and busy times, but AVM’s decontamination training courses are equally important and essential – so, please, set aside some mind-space and time to schedule in the essential  decontamination training(s) for Users and Engineers Either call us on 01223 254499 or email us at training@avm-addenbrookes.o...
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UK Position - Reprocessing Endoscopes for ERCP

Thu, 20/06/2019
A Reminder of HTM Decontamination recommendations for ERCP procedures Following our recent article - Duodenoscope Contamination - Surveillance Studies - one of our authorising engineers suggested reiterating the UK position (Appendix 2; Page 20: HTM 01-06). Appendix 2: Decontamination recommendations for ERCP procedures and on-table bile duct exploration Although flexible endoscopes are used ...
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Who Should Appoint AEs and APs

Mon, 03/06/2019
AVM would like to make our clients and visitors aware of a very interesting article available at: The article, written by authorising engineer Andrew Poplett, provides a valuable insight into not only the appointment of AEs and APs but also the other related roles. Sections cover a number of roles and respons...
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Duodenoscope Contamination - Surveillance Studies

Tue, 14/05/2019
An article (April 2019) from the FDA about endoscopes used in Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography procedures (ERCP) provides some useful supplemental measures to enhance duodenoscope reprocessing. A number of measures emerged from an agency-led expert panel that met in early 2019 that should be taken in addition to manufacturer. The additional steps are aimed at further reducing the ris...
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AVM Website Relaunch

Tue, 12/03/2019
We have recently undertaken a marketing exercise to re-evaluate the content and structure of our website in order to highlight our experience of working in over 120 Hospital Trusts throughout the UK. These include a number of top London trusts including Guy’s and St Thomas’, St Barts, Royal Marsden and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Over the years our focus has widened beyond ...
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Discolouration of Surgical Instruments

Mon, 04/03/2019
AVM has seen a number of cases where hospital trusts are reporting the discolouration and degradation of some surgical instruments following cycles of sterilisation. The work we carry out is around the decontamination sciences and includes root cause analysis, business processes, auditing and best practice as measured against European, British and American standards. We have conducted several inve...
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Periodic Testing for Endoscope Drying Cabinets Course

Mon, 25/02/2019
New Decontamination Course  - Periodic Testing for Endoscope Drying Cabinets Recommended for engineering and endoscopy staff, this course is for engineers wishing to gain knowledge and experience for periodic testing of endoscope drying cabinets in accordance with the latest standards (latest standard of BSEN 16442 - 2015). Contact us for further information or a quote. To view full course in...
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