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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-06-02

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devices; of the 10 percent of au-
the spread of other blood-borne toclaves used in Israel and not
diseases like hepatitis B, that made by Tuttnauer, nearly all of
transformed a little company them are imported.
The company recently ordered
in Jerusalem into one of the
$1
million worth of industrial ro-
world's biggest names in auto-
bots from Germany which will
claves.
The need to protect patients soon be installed to supplement
and medical staffers and prevent the work of employees.
"We meet the strictest quality
contamination of the environ-
ment from microbes triggered an standards of all countries," the
exponential growth in the de- deputy manager said.
For obvious reasons, Mr. Tut-
mand for autoclaves — comput-
tnauer
would like every dentist,
erized devices that kill all
organisms under high-pressure gynecologist, beautician, podia-
steam and at temperatures of up trist, barber and other profes-
sional who performs invasive
to 137 degrees Celsius.
Tuttnauer, founded nearly 70 procedures to buy one of his au-
years ago as a maker of steril- toclaves. However the cost — the
ization equipment for Hebrew cheapest model has a price tag of
University's lab workers, is today NIS 3,000 (almost $9,000) and a
the manufacturer of 20 percent reasonably sized autoclave sells
of all the smaller autoclaves (up for MS 9,000 (about $26,000) —
to 80 liters) operating in the Unit- may prove prohibitive to many.
As for institutions, hospitals
ed States. It is meeting a grow-
ing market in giant autoclaves, here use Tuttnauer autoclaves
which have the option of grind
ing up biohazardous refuse and
The fewer the
sterilizing it before it is flushed
into the sewage system or buried.
number of
Crowded into a factory in the
autoclaves, the
Givat Shaul neighborhood of
Jerusalem, the company has
greater the risk of
carved out a niche and a name
making autoclaves. But now,
contamination.
says deputy managing director
Ran Tuttnauer (a grandson of the
founder), the company has no for sterilizing equipment, surgi-
choice but to move to a larger fa- cal laundry and other materials,
but none so far has purchased the
cility in Beit Shemesh.
The 140 employees — about 50 giant machines that grind up bio-
of them recent immigrants — will hazardous material (used epi-
be bused there from Jerusalem dermic needles, bloody dressings
every day when the new factory and anything else that has been
is built. "We would have preferred in contact with blood and other
to remain in the city, but there bodily secretions). Instead, hos-
just isn't enough room for indus- pitals, labs and research institu-
trial facilities," Mr. Tuttnauer tions seal this material and throw
said. "We'll have a 12-dunam it out with the garbage or bum it.
The Health and Environment
(three-acre) plot in Beit
ministries are working on new
Shemesh."
As he led a tour of the facility regulations for the disposal of bio-
recently for Dr. Shmuel Brenner, hazardous materials, said Dr.
deputy director-general of the En- Brenner, who chairs the com-
vironment Ministry, Mr. Tut- mittee carrying out this work.
He said giant autoclaves with
tnauer discussed the autoclave
business and its potential. The waste-grinding and sterilizing ca-
firm has subsidiaries in the Unit- pacity are the ideal solution, but
ed States, Holland and Russia, they are a major expense.
Dr. Yitzhak Berlovich, a
and just signed multimillion-dol-
lar deals to provide giant insti- Health Ministry deputy director-
tutional autoclaves to eight U.S. general in charge of medical ser-
vices, added that if autoclaves
hospitals.
Eighty-five percent of its pro- were mandated by the authori-
duction is exported (totaling $15 ties for all biohazardous materi-
million last year) to nearly 60 als, a decision would have to be
countries, compared with 15 per- made about whether every ma-
jor institution had to have one, or
cent for the local market.
Mr. Tuttnauer said his only lo- if they should be installed on a
cal competitor is a tiny firm that citywide, regional or national ba-
makes much-less sophisticated sis.
But the fewer the number of
Judy Siegel-itzkovich writes for
autoclaves, the greater the risk
the Jerusalem Post.
of contamination by biohazardous

M. Sempliner

t was the AIDS epidemic, and

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