02/01/202385. ST91 - Part 3 of 6: Point of Use Treatment and Leak Testing
Whether you're a veteran of flexible endoscope processing, or brand new to the field, this podcast series on ST91 is designed for you!Why is pre-cleaning is no longer the terminology used when talking about what is done at the point-of-use? And what is a "Leak Tester Tester" (not a typo)? Find out
01/19/202384. ST91 - Part 2 of 6: High Risk Endoscopes, Manual Disinfection, and Sterilization
Whether you're a veteran of flexible endoscope processing, or brand new to the field, this podcast series on ST91 is designed for you!In this episode, Dr. Mary Ann Drosnock explains what "high-risk endoscopes" are within ST91, why the standards now recommend moving away from "manual disinfection" of
12/22/202283. ST91 - Part 1 of 6: What is ST91? An Introduction to Flexible Endoscope Standards
Whether you're a veteran of flexible endoscope processing, or brand new to the field, this podcast series on ST91 is designed for you! Dr. Mary Ann Drosnock introduces us to the newest AAMI standard for flexible endoscope processing, ST91. From the background and history of the standard, to what the
12/08/202282. Gladiators Hold the Line! A Patient & Parent Story with Alisha Loy
How is a sterile processing technician like a gladiator? Alisha Loy recaps her outstanding international webinar appearance detailing her journey as both a patient and parent through the healthcare system, and how she found her way in a department she had no idea even existed!
11/17/202281. Education Culture in Sterile Processing
What is "Education Culture" in Sterile Processing and how can we create a culture of education in SPD? How do we maintain it? And more importantly, how do we get staff to buy in? In this episode of the Ask the Educator Podcast, Kevin and Adam speak to Rebecca Peplau from Maine Health to answer th
10/27/202280. Sourcing Solutions from Multiple Vendors in SPD
The pandemic certainly changed a lot in our world, but one thing it exposed for us in Central Service was the weaknesses in our supply chains and our ability to survive without our needed supplies. In this episode, guest Jamie Terran outlines the need for us to expand our supply chains and create r
10/06/202279. Psychological Safety and Forming the Multidisciplinary Team
In this episode, Kevin and Adam speak to Marjorie Wall and Joseph Avila, both Directors at Memorial Hermann Health System in Texas. Don't miss this essential talk on the importance of "psychological safety" in the sterile processing department, and how Marjorie and Joseph used it to create a multidi
09/12/202278. Sterile Processing: Safety First
In this episode, Jahan Azizi outlines the common safety hazards that we see in sterile processing departments each day, and the reasons behind why departments don't (or can't) prioritize the safety of its employees.
08/18/202277. Horror Stories in Sterile Processing with the Healthmark Educators
Do you ever wonder what consultants see when they go into hospitals across the country? Well, we can tell you from experience that it's not always pretty. In this episode of the Ask the Educator Podcast, Kevin Anderson is on the other side of the microphone for the first time as a guest on his own
08/04/202276. Insulation Testing of Surgical Instruments with Cheron Rojo
In this episode, Kevin & Adam speak with Cheron Rojo, who will be recapping his most recent International Webinar presentation on insulation testing. Learn how Cheron's personal story inspired his research and what the data tells us about whether sterile processing professionals are following the st
06/09/202275. SID, Layerjot, and the Future of Surgical Instrument Identification with Etay Gafni
In this episode of the Ask The Educator Podcast, we interview Etay Gafni about Layerjot's new project: the Surgical Instrument Database, or S.I.D. for short. What is SID? How can Sterile Processing Technicians utilize it to identify our surgical instrumentation?Don't miss this episode about an excit
05/05/202274. 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
03/25/202273. How Confident are You in Your Peel Pouch Seals?
Malinda Elammari and host, Kevin Anderson discuss peel pouches and common issues with their seals.
02/28/202272. 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.
02/10/202271. 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.
01/20/202270. 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.
12/09/202169. 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.
11/24/202168. 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.
11/11/202167. 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.
10/28/202166. 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.
10/14/202165. 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.
09/16/202164. 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
09/02/202163. 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.
08/19/202162. 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