74. Peel Pouch Problems
05/04/2022
74. Peel Pouch Problems
Malinda Elammari and Kevin Anderson continue their discussion on common peel pouch problems that are found in SPD departments.#sterileprocessing #peelpouch #sterileprocessingtech #asktheeducatorpodcast
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73. How Confident are You in Your Peel Pouch Seals?
03/25/2022
73. How Confident are You in Your Peel Pouch Seals?
Malinda Elammari and host, Kevin Anderson discuss peel pouches and common issues with their seals.
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72. Can we get an IFU for finding and using IFUs?
02/28/2022
72. Can we get an IFU for finding and using IFUs?
Adam Okada, Seth Hendee, and Kevin Anderson all discuss the need for training and documented competency for IFUs. Many departments now have access to IFU database software. However, it is common for users to struggle to find the IFU and/or the information they need within the IFU.
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71. Cleaning up a Wet Mess: Troubleshooting Wet Packs
02/10/2022
71. Cleaning up a Wet Mess: Troubleshooting Wet Packs
In this interview, Adam Okada and Kevin Anderson discuss the trouble with wet packs. What are some common errors made when troubleshooting wet packs and what are some resources to consider when tackling this frustrating problem in sterile processing? Find out in this episode of Ask the Educator.
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70. Open Wide: A Discussion About Sterile Processing in the Dental Industry
01/20/2022
70. Open Wide: A Discussion About Sterile Processing in the Dental Industry
Stephen Kovach and host Kevin Anderson discuss the current state of sterile processing in the dental industry.
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69. Want to Take Your Sterile Processing Career to the Next Level? Consider Mentorship: Interview with Sarah B. Cruz
12/09/2021
69. Want to Take Your Sterile Processing Career to the Next Level? Consider Mentorship: Interview with Sarah B. Cruz
Sarah B. Cruz is the guest educator on this episode and shares with us why and how mentorship may be an important step in your professional development.
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68. How Well Do You Know Your IFUs?
11/23/2021
68. How Well Do You Know Your IFUs?
Instructions for use (IFUs) can range from too simple to too cumbersome. But they can also be your key to higher quality in sterile processing. Check out this episode featuring CPD Guy, Stephen Kovach and his thoughts on IFUs.
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67. Innovation in Instrument Protection: Interview with Guy Phipps
11/11/2021
67. Innovation in Instrument Protection: Interview with Guy Phipps
Guy Phipps, Co-Creator at SterileBits talks about the latest innovation in instrument protection that will solve many of the current industry problems from the sterile processing department to the end-user in the procedural areas.
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66. Education is a Sterile Processing Superpower
10/27/2021
66. Education is a Sterile Processing Superpower
The newest addition to the Healthmark Clinical Affairs team, Adam Okada shares how education played a critical role in driving quality in his sterile processing department.
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65. Why am I Signing This Sterilizer Printout?
10/14/2021
65. Why am I Signing This Sterilizer Printout?
Our Healthmark Education Specialists visit a lot of SP Departments around the United States. When we ask staff to explain the sterilizer load printout, we often get mixed answers. Malinda Elammari helps address what we should be looking for on the sterilizer printout.
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64. Get Rid of Those Gnarly Brushes!
09/16/2021
64. Get Rid of Those Gnarly Brushes!
In this episode, Stephen Kovach and host Kevin Anderson discuss care and handling of reusable brushes in SPD. Too often we see inadequate brush inventory, incorrect brushes for the job, or brushes that look like they've been put through a coffee grinder. Get rid of those gnarly brushes! Take care of
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63. Lead Your SPD with Storytelling: Interview with Hank Balch
09/01/2021
63. Lead Your SPD with Storytelling: Interview with Hank Balch
Have you practiced the art of storytelling to lead your SPD to the greatness? You should be! Listen to this interview with Beyond Clean founder and President, Hank Balch, to find out why and how to lead with storytelling.
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62. SPD Leadership Spotlight: Interview with Jim VanPietersom
08/18/2021
62. SPD Leadership Spotlight: Interview with Jim VanPietersom
In this episode, host Kevin Anderson interviews Jim VanPietersom of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Alaska. Jim, an IAHCSMM Leadership Award winner shares a lot of great information about how he and his team have built a high performing SPD. If you have aspirations to be a leader in SPD, don't miss t
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61. Survey Readiness Series: A Focus on Endoscopy
08/05/2021
61. Survey Readiness Series: A Focus on Endoscopy
In this episode, John Whelan shares valuable information about how surveyors look at endoscopy as well as many of the common pitfalls that lead to findings by surveyors.
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60. Quality Management Series: Tray Audits
07/22/2021
60. Quality Management Series: Tray Audits
In this episode, Stephen Kovach talks about a simple quality management tool that can be used to proactively increase quality and safety before it reaches the patient, the tray quality audit!
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59. Survey Readiness Series: Transportation of Reusable Devices
07/07/2021
59. Survey Readiness Series: Transportation of Reusable Devices
As SP departments continue to process instruments from other internal and external facilities, the transportation of reusable medical devices becomes even more important. There are federal regulations and other things to consider when transporting instruments between facilities and departments. In t
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58. Survey Readiness Series: Case Cart Auditing
06/24/2021
58. Survey Readiness Series: Case Cart Auditing
Point of use care and transport of soiled surgical instruments and devices has been a focal point of accreditation surveys in recent years. Stephen Kovach shares simple ways to drive quality and compliance with these critical components of the instrument life cycle through case cart auditing.
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57. Survey Readiness Series: All You Need to Know About Eyewash Stations
06/10/2021
57. Survey Readiness Series: All You Need to Know About Eyewash Stations
Stephen Kovach and host Kevin Anderson discuss all things related to eyewash stations in order to help listeners prepare for accreditation surveyors.
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56. How Vested-Medical Prioritizes Quality: Interview with Tracy Raymond
05/19/2021
56. How Vested-Medical Prioritizes Quality: Interview with Tracy Raymond
Vested-Medical is a unique third-party processing and logistics company based in the Chicago area. In this episode, Tracy Raymond shares how Vested-Medical provides a unique service for their customers with a focus on quality.
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55. Measuring to Improve: Interview with Jake McHugh
05/12/2021
55. Measuring to Improve: Interview with Jake McHugh
"What is measured gets improved," is a famous quote from Peter Drucker. This old quote is still very much relevant today and in the sterile processing industry. In this interview, Jake McHugh shares what he has been able to learn and accomplish with the data that his team tracks and trends in their
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54. Getting to Know Marjorie Wall, Your Next IAHCSMM President-Elect
05/06/2021
54. Getting to Know Marjorie Wall, Your Next IAHCSMM President-Elect
In this episode, host Kevin Anderson interviews Marjorie Wall, the new President-Elect of IAHACSMM. We get to know Marjorie and a little bit about her vision for the sterile processing industry.
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53. Survey Readiness Series: Logs and Documentation
04/28/2021
53. Survey Readiness Series: Logs and Documentation
Cheron Rojo, Clinical Education Specialist shares some tips on how to get your logs and documentation ready for an accreditation surveyor.
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52. Going Mobile: A Year of Podcasts
04/21/2021
52. Going Mobile: A Year of Podcasts
In this episode, Stephen Kovach and host Kevin Anderson reflect on the need for sharing information and education differently due to the effects of the pandemic.
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51. Survey Readiness Series: Making a First Impression
04/14/2021
51. Survey Readiness Series: Making a First Impression
In this episode, Cheron Rojo, Clinical Education Specialist with Healthmark Industries shares some tips for making a positive first impression with accreditation surveyors. He shares both environmental and personnel related opportunities to create this positive first impression. It's never too early
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