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April 16, 2020

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.
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.  More



April 14, 2020

UNC Adams School of Dentistry uses Andersen sterilizer to Decontaminate 1,500 N95 Masks each day for Healthcare Workers fighting on the Front Lines



Andersen is honored to be working with our neighbors at UNC Chapel Hill, NC to ensure 1,500 N95 masks are decontaminated daily for the front line health workers at UNC Health during the COVID-19 pandemic. More



March 26, 2020

FDA Lifts Requirements for Masks, Respirators, Looks to Reprocessing to Ease Shortages



Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society -- As the supply of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) dwindles amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is lifting requirements for certain masks and respirators to increase their availability More



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March 12, 2020

A Snapshot in Time
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.
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. More



March 12, 2020

Beyond Clean Features Andersen Sterilizers in First "Beyond the Tour" Spotlight



Andersen Sterilizers is the subject of Beyond Clean's first ever "Beyond the Tour" spotlight. The trailer dropped on March 6 and the full episode will premiere later in the year (we'll keep you posted). More



March 2, 2020

Andersen Sterilizers Launches "We asked three Vets..." Webisode Mini-Series



Each of the three short videos starts with "We asked three Vets...," then features the fantastic answers we received from our customers. More



February 5, 2020

Avian & Exotic Animal Care's "Wild" In-Service



Andersen Sterilizers reps took a walk on the wild side during an in-service training at Raleigh, NC-based Avian and Exotic Animal Care Veterinary Hospital. The practice does not treat cats or dogs but pretty much everything else – from fish to zoo animal species. More



January 19, 2020

B. Braun to significantly cut cancer-causing chemical emissions at Lehigh Valley plant



The Morning Call--Months after federal regulators raised concerns about carcinogenic chemicals spewing from a plant near Lehigh Valley International Airport into residential neighborhoods, the company has submitted a plan to reduce those emissions by more than 99%. More



January 16, 2020

Wuhan pneumonia outbreak: What we know and don’t know



Vox Media -- The US will start screening at three airports for passengers with the mysterious, new virus originating in Wuhan, China that’s caused three deaths and nearly 200 people to fall sick with pneumonia. More



January 10, 2020

US veterinary hospital faces rare antibiotic-resistant E coli



CIDRAP--Shelley Rankin, PhD, the chief of clinical microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine, got a surprising notification from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). More



The history of ethylene oxide (EO) and the formative role it has played in modern medical device sterilization can be murky to some, even quite skewed for others. Andersen Sterilizers President & CEO, Ted May, sat down with the crew at the podcast Beyond Clean, to dig into the mostly unknown, yet incredibly transformative history of EO technology—including its vital role in the sterile processing industry today.


We invite you to tune in and take a listen.

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