Ambulatory Surgery Centers Focus: Patient Complications Caused by Sterile Lint and Powder


Presented by: Wava Truscott, PhD, MBA

Halyard Health, Director of Medical Sciences & Clinical Education

Presented: June 13, 2012



Wava Truscott, PhD. , is Director of Medical Sciences & Clinical Education for Halyard Health. Her doctorate is in Comparative Pathology emphasizing Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology from the University of California. Her MBA is from the University of La Verne and her BS from Brigham Young University (BYU). Earlier in her career, Wava evaluated the safety and efficacy of medical devices at MIDECO Independent Laboratories, Managed the Biological Laboratories for the Pharmaseal Division of Baxter Healthcare, and was Vice President of Scientific Affairs for the SafeSkin Corporation. She spent years researching latex allergy from profiling the allergens derived from tapping the plantation trees, processing the latex and producing the gloves to developing ways to remove the offending proteins.

Dr. Truscott has authored over 70 articles, co-authored the Microbiological section of the AAMI Sterilization Recommended Practices, and served as the U.S. delegate to the International Standards Organization on Biocompatibility Testing of Medical Devices regarding Systemic Toxicity (ISO 10993-11) as the European Union was forming. She recently authored an extensive petition to the FDA requesting a ban on all powdered gloves used in healthcare and is currently the ASTM Chairman of the committee charged with developing test methods for medical gloves incorporated with antimicrobial agents.


About This Webinar:


This is a true story about lint, powder and other very small particles in the ORs of Ambulatory Surgery Centers.  We will discuss pathological mechanisms initiated by these often ignored contaminates including blood clots, granulomas, adhesions, immune distraction, amplified acute and chronic inflammation, sterile and infected abscesses.  Patient complications include endophthalmitis, reduced fertility, brain abscess, pulmonary embolism, cardiac arrest, intestinal obstruction, infections, breast implant contracture, chronic joint inflammation, implant rejection, poor wound healing, and much, much more.  Mechanisms, consequences, sources and prevention will be addressed with references and case report substantiation.


Learner Objectives

Upon completion of this continuing education activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Describe the basic pathological mechanisms initiated by lint, powder and other small particles.
  2. Identify patient complications resulting from these contaminates.
  3. Discuss how sources of these small destructive particles can be identified and eliminated.


You will receive one-hour of continuing education credit* for attending this webinar. Excellentia Advisory Group will forward a Certificate of Participation for each licensed person that attends this webinar. You simply email the names and license numbers of each person on the CERTIFICATE REQUEST FORM or individually to events@excellentiagroup.com


Cost: Complimentary

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Halyard also offers 4 other accredited, educational webinars aimed at the ambulatory surgical environment:

  • Check the Label: Is the Mask a Level 1, 2, 3 (and...what's the difference?)
  • The New Clostridium difficile: Pathogenicity, Complications, Prevention
  • Biofilms in Medicine: Implications for Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  • What Do You Mean I Caused That Surgical Complication?


Click here for links to these CE accredited programs

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