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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Hemodialyzers to Airport Terminals

New York, May 26, 2009

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will publish, on an ongoing basis, a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Most patients with end stage renal disease have to rely on machines that use dialysis to remove impurities and waste products from their bloodstream. The latest devices on the market are highly computerized and monitor multiple safety-critical parameters, but good practices from physicians and other personnel remain crucial to the safety and effectiveness of their use.

An American National Standard has been developed by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) — ANSI/AAMI RD47:2008, Reprocessing of hemodialyzers — to describe the essential elements of proper procedures.

The document covers a wide range of personnel and patient considerations as well as processes for physical plant and environmental safety, patient identification and hemodialyzer labeling, reprocessing and storage procedures, patient monitoring, and quality assurance and quality control.

An ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, AAMI is an alliance of nearly 6,000 members from around the world united by the common goal of increasing the understanding and beneficial use of medical instrumentation.

Airport Terminals
With the summer vacation season approaching, more and more air passengers will put their shoes in a tray, remove their jackets, and put away cell phones before walking through a metal detector. But airport safety goes beyond the passenger experience; it also involves architectural and engineering criteria.

An American National Standard developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) — NFPA 415 - 2008, Standard on Airport Terminal Buildings, Fueling Ramp Drainage, and Loading Walkways, 2008 Edition — contributes to the improvement of airport safety.

This document specifies the minimum fire protection requirements for the construction and protection of airport terminal buildings. It adds minimum requirements for the design and maintenance of the drainage system of an aircraft fueling ramp to control the flow of fuel that can be spilled.

In addition, it dictates requirements for the design, construction, and fire protection of aircraft loading walkways between the terminal building and airplane.

A revision of NFPA 415 - 2002, this new version includes revised instructions for interior finish in terminal buildings and updated provisions for accelerated weathering criteria for flexible closures, canopies, wipers and weather-sealing devices.

NFPA is an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer that provides and advocates for consensus codes and standards, conducts research, and provides training and education to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards.

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