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  1. Bondtech Corporation Fights Ebola

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    bondtech_autoclave_ebolaSomerset, KY – As the Ebola virus gains more and more attention overseas and throughout the US, medical facilities are scrambling for a way to take extra precautions in an attempt to keep the deadly virus at bay. Just last week, a Liberians man traveled through Brussels and Washington before finally being diagnosed with the Ebola virus in Dallas. He died from the virus shortly after, sparking even more national concern.

    “There may be a small outbreak because he did walk around with symptoms,” said an infectious disease expert, Debra Spicehandler, at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, NY. “So we may see a few more cases related to him.” The CDC highlights the importance of intense sterilization and precautions to prevent the virus from spreading any further.

    Now, the President of Bondtech Corp., Elsa J. Brown, stated that the outbreak of Ebola is quite alarming. “We are all at risk here – and we at Bondtech Corp. believe that aggressive methods should be put in place to stop this horrible virus from spreading into our neighborhood.”

    In emergency situations, many hospitals and health facilities have protocols to follow, regarding the isolation and treatment of the infected patient. They have personal protective equipment, restrictions of visitation and the implementations of infections control measures, however, once their medical waste is disposed of, it needs to be handled and disposed of properly. That’s where Bondtech Corp. feels that they can help in a big way.

    Bondtech Corp. is the world’s leader in the supply of autoclave systems. These autoclaves are used for the treatment of infectious waste, including the Ebola virus. They feel that right now, more than ever, they have a civil obligation to present some ideas regarding the proper implementation of infectious control. Knowledge is power, and the right education in medical waste disposal could mean the difference in creating a healthy establishment. Bondtech Corp. stresses the importance proper cleaning, segregation of all stained sheets, clothing, gauze, syringes and sterilization of medical instruments. Without the right sterilization, virus transmission can continue and most likely amplify an outbreak. Recently, some top experts have said that the Ebola virus is perhaps more easily spread than we think, so it’s now that Bondtech is coming forward with some critical tips to saying safe. Any hospital or medical care facility who has the ability to treat Ebola virus patients – or patients of other highly contagious or infectious diseases – should seriously consider autoclaving their medical waste to prevent the spreading of contagions.

    “Ebola is not spread through the air.” Said a spokesperson for the CDC, who then went on to explain that the deadly virus is actually spread though bodily fluids or direct contact. This means that clothing, medical utensils and any object that comes in contact with an infected patient needs to be highly sterilized. “Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids (such as clothes, bedding, needles, and medical equipment)” The CDC goes on to stress the importance of virus prevention in hospitals. “Practice proper infection control and sterilization measures.”

    Bondtech Corp. has more than 30 years of experience in the field, and has been a pioneer in establishing autoclaves for the treatment of biological waste, using vacuum cycles for more efficiency. A company that battles infectious diseases on a daily basis now comes forward to take an initiative in assisting the eradication of the Ebola virus as well. This virus can spread and Bondtech is showing that they’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen.

  2. Bondtech Supplys 113,000 lbs Autoclave to Aerospace Customer

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    petePete Woolridge, Sales Specialist with Bondtech Corporation, walks past the 113,000-pound autoclave that was delivered to IMS Fabrication, owned by Bondtech, in Salisbury, North Carolina.

    Bondtech will add about 20,000 pounds of various devices to the carbon steel pressure vessel to make this hulk operational for a customer in the aerospace industry. This 50-foot-long autoclave with a 13 foot inside diameter will use pressure and heat to fuse materials together.

    Among the autoclaves scattered around the Bondtech facility, there is one that towers above the rest. Bondtech manufactures and refurbishes autoclaves for different industries. Autoclaves are used to create products that need intense heat and pressures ranging from tires that need to be retreaded to bulletproof glass can be put in an autoclave to create a rigid, finished product. They can also be used for medical waste sterilization.

    “This is one of the largest systems that Bondtech has completed and looks forward to building even larger systems if the opportunity becomes available.” Pete Wooldridge – Bondtech

    Dana Ingold, an engineer for IMS Fabrication in North Carolina, said the carbon steel pressure vessel is 50 feet long overall, 13 feet in diameter, weighs 113,000 pounds and will weigh 20,000 pounds more when the company is finished with it. The vessel will be able to have an internal temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit and a pressure of 160 pounds per square inch.

    Harvey Morgan, general manager, said the vessel spanned the width of the facility’s back door. They had to use a crane to get the vessel off of the truck. In a project that will take about two months, workers at IMS Fabrication will be adding additional components such as state of the art PLC controls, a fan motor, heating elements and cooling systems and plumbing to pressurize the vessel. Ingold said he prefers bigger vessels because there is “plenty of room to work.” He said it was exciting to have such a big pressure vessel in the facility. Ingold said he likes the idea that one vessel they work on could be used for aerospace while another could be used for tires. “Every day it seems like something different comes up”

  3. Bondtech to Build First Non-Incineration Medical Waste Treatment System in Windhoek, Namibia

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    The City of Windhoek is currently constructing two medical waste treatment facilities in the northern industrial area at a cost of N$50 million. During the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday Windhoek City Mayor Muesee Kazapua said there is a shortcoming in the current disposal and treatment of medical waste that calls for the establishment of facilities to safely treat medical waste, as the current facilities no longer have the capacity to adequately dispose of and process the amount of medical waste in the city. Medical waste includes discarded biological products, such as blood or human tissue removed from operating rooms, morgues, laboratories or other medical facilities. It also includes bedding, bandages, syringes and other materials used in treating patients. “The facility will be used for the disposal and processing of waste generated by medical healthcare facilities, pharmacies, veterinary services, blood transfusion and other services associated with medical care,” he said. Kazapua further said Windhoek is no more as clean a city as it used to be – especially the informal settlements – and the failure to responsibly manage medical waste, whether in storage, transportation, treatment or the eventual disposal, presents a health risk and threat to the environment. “Environmental management is fast becoming a central discipline worldwide and concepts such as sustainable development, cleaner production and pollution prevention are continually brought to our attention,” the city’s mayor explained. He said the facility was designed following consultations and inputs from generators of medical waste. “The facility will be equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, carefully chosen to be able to sustainably treat most of the medical waste generated in Windhoek,” Kazapua elaborated. The plants would also render services to surrounding towns, such as Rehoboth, Gobabis and Okahandja: “The facility will also serve as a skills transfer centre, as it will be open to other local authorities to gather experience and expertise in the sustainable management of medical waste. This will positively impact how waste is managed in Namibia as a whole,” he said. The two plants include one wet autoclave (a pressure chamber used to sterilise equipment by subjecting them to high-pressure saturated steam) and a diesel-fired incinerator that will burn the waste material. Both systems will have air pollution cleaning equipment to ensure potential contaminants are eliminated.




  4. Seeking Better Ways Of Managing Medical Waste

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    16 billion injections are administered worldwide every year. Safely disposing of the needles and other waste from health care is a challenge because of the risk of infection. It is time for doctors’ rounds in Ward 1 at the Coast General Provincial and Referral Hospital. The doctors and nurses move from bed to bed giving tablets, fixing drip lines and giving injections. After giving one of the patients an injection, a nurse in a white hijab drops the used needle in a yellow box labelled “Sharps Only” before moving to another bin where she drops the soiled cotton swab and gloves. Every ward in the hospital has the conspicuous red, yellow, and black waste bins. They might not mean much to an ordinary person, but to the workers here, they are life-changing. Ten years ago, the needles, cotton wool and gloves would have been dumped into the same bin. The hospital’s deputy nursing officer, Mr Stephen Masha, says the institution produces 60-80kg of infectious and highly infectious waste per day. Each patient produces about 0.2kg of waste per day, 20 percent of which is infectious. Left lying around, this waste provides a breeding ground for infections and diseases and poses a serious threat to those who come across it. Salome Baya and Jaribu Khamis know this only too well. In November 2013, just a month after she began working at the hospital, Ms Baya, 32, was cleaning the labour ward when she came upon a stack of papers on the floor. When she picked it up, she felt something prick her finger. “I knew it was a needle. It got stuck on my finger. I flushed my finger under running water before going to see a doctor, who examined my hand and gave me a PEP,” she recalls.


    A street boy picks a piece of biomedical waste; syringes, needles, drugs and other medical waste, that was found at Nyeri dumpsite on August 18, 2014. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI


    Bondtech Corporation Field Service Manager David Cavanaugh yesterday explains how the newly acquired shredder machine works ahead of their commissioning of Friday. PHOTO | BRIAN WACHIRA