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
09/02/2021
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
08/19/2021
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
07/08/2021
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
05/20/2021
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
05/13/2021
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
04/29/2021
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
04/22/2021
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
04/15/2021
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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50. Unsung Heroes of SPD Series: Air Guns and PPE  for Your Ears
04/08/2021
50. Unsung Heroes of SPD Series: Air Guns and PPE for Your Ears
In this episode, Stephen Kovach discusses two more unsung heroes of SPD, the instrument air gun and PPE for your ears.
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49. Answering Common Peel Pouch Questions in Light of Sterilization Wrap Shortage
04/01/2021
49. Answering Common Peel Pouch Questions in Light of Sterilization Wrap Shortage
The shortage in sterilization blue wrap has led to an increase in demand for peel pouches and rigid sterilization containers. In this episode, Seth Hendee speaks to several of the common questions we hear regarding peel pouches.
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48. Should Vendor Trays Be Condensed From Multiple Trays Down To Fewer Trays?
03/25/2021
48. Should Vendor Trays Be Condensed From Multiple Trays Down To Fewer Trays?
This question came in from a connection on social media. This is a great question that we don't discuss too often in the SPD industry. In this episode, Seth Hendee, Clinical Education Specialist with Healthmark Industries helps us to answer this question.
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47. Unsung Heroes of SPD Series: Water Spray Arms & Water Guns
03/18/2021
47. Unsung Heroes of SPD Series: Water Spray Arms & Water Guns
Stephen Kovach talks about another couple "unsung heroes of SPD," water spray arms and water guns. These devices are great for all things manual decontamination. While these tools are great, be sure to proceed with caution and the correct PPE!
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46. Unsung Heroes of SPD Series: The Demagnetizer
03/11/2021
46. Unsung Heroes of SPD Series: The Demagnetizer
For this installment of the Unsung Heroes of SPD Series, Stephen Kovach speaks about the demagnetizer and how important this piece of equipment can be to your department and your patients.
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45. Unsung Heroes of SPD Series: The Heat Sealer
03/04/2021
45. Unsung Heroes of SPD Series: The Heat Sealer
In this episode, Stephen Kovach talks about the importance of the peel pouch heat sealer device that we use every day in SPD. He also shares how industry standards encourage us to be including daily checks on these devices to ensure that they are working properly.
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44. What You Need to Know About ANSI/AAMI ST79 Amendments 1, 3, and 4
02/25/2021
44. What You Need to Know About ANSI/AAMI ST79 Amendments 1, 3, and 4
In this episode, Healthmark Clinical Education Coordinator Seth Hendee, gives us an overview of what we need to know about ANSI/AAMI ST79 amendments 1, 3, and 4. There is some great information in here that you will want to know about. But be sure to get your copy of the ST79 amendments for your ste
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43. What You Need To Know About ANSI/AAMI ST 79 Amendment 2
02/18/2021
43. What You Need To Know About ANSI/AAMI ST 79 Amendment 2
Cheron Rojo, Clinical Education Coordinator at Healthmark Industries shares a more in depth look at the 2nd of the 4 recent amendments to the ST79 guideline for steam sterilization.
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42. Unsung Heroes of SPD Series: Case Cart Washer
02/11/2021
42. Unsung Heroes of SPD Series: Case Cart Washer
The SPD department has many unsung heroes. These can be different types of supplies or equipment that we may take for granted, but play a critical role in our department. In this episode, Stephen Kovach and I discuss the importance of the case cart washer.
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