04/15/202151. 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
04/08/202150. 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.
04/01/202149. 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.
03/25/202148. 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.
03/18/202147. 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!
03/11/202146. 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.
03/04/202145. 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.
02/25/202144. 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
02/18/202143. 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.
02/11/202142. 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.
02/04/202141. What You Should Know About AAMI TIR 12: Interview With Damien Berg
Damien Berg explains what exactly a TIR is compared to an industry standard. He also explains how the document AAMI TIR 12 will impact both the manufacturer and the end user.
01/28/202140. The Importance of Education in Sterile Processing: Interview with Nancy Chobin
In this episode, Kevin Anderson interviews Nancy Chobin, CEO of Sterile Processing University. Nancy shares her thoughts on all things related to education in sterile processing, including certification and the need for more development for managers of sterile processing.
01/21/202139. Breaking News: Four ANSI/AAMI ST79 Amendments Released!
AAMI has released four amendments to the Comprehensive Guide to Steam Sterilization (ANSI/AAMI ST79:2017). In this episode, host Kevin Anderson shares a high level overview of the latest amendments.
01/14/202138. Inspect What You Expect - Endoscope Edition: Interview With Bernie Spencer
Bernie Spencer shares principles learned while working 25 years in the automotive industry and how he applies them to the device processing world that he has been working in over the last 8 years. In this episode he specifically speaks about how he applies these principles learned to the endoscope c
01/07/202137. What's So Special About Cleaning Brushes?
In this episode, Kevin Anderson speaks with Healthmark Laboratory Technician, Audrey McDonald. She introduces ASTM International standards that apply to testing the cleaning efficacy of brushes that are used to clean medical devices. She also shares how brushes are tested, specifically brushes that
12/31/202036. Commit to Education
The sterile processing industry continues to evolve. It is important that whether we are certified or not, that all of us in the device processing world are committed to education. What are we learning and what are we teaching others. Host Kevin Anderson shares some practical ways to get involved in
12/24/202035. What a Gift!
In the spirit of the holiday season, Kevin Anderson shares a personal message about one of the greatest gifts we can give.
12/17/202034. What Is A KPI And Why Is It Important?
Healthmark educators Seth Hendee and Cheron Rojo discuss what a KPI is and how they are important in device processing.
12/10/202033. What Do We Need To Know About Insulation Testing?
In this episode, Educators Seth Hendee and Cheron Rojo talk about the basics of insulation testing and what we need to know.
12/03/202032. Five States Now Require Certification For Sterile Processing Techs, What's Next? Interview With Tony Monaco
Pennsylvania has just made news with the passing of a law that will require sterile processing techs to have certification. This is great news of course! But where do we go from here? It has been twenty years since New Jersey became the first state to pass a similar law/regulation. How do we continu
11/19/202031. The TOSI Story With Stephen Kovach
Stephen Kovach shares his experience with TOSI as a former manager and how it became an invaluable tool for him when troubleshooting his faulty washer disinfectors.
11/12/202030. The WFHSS Digital Day 2020: Interview With Harry Oussoren
The World Federation for Hospital Sterilization Sciences (WFHSS), like most organizations that provide a conference type education program, has had to pivot and offer their conference in a digital format. Harry Oussoren shares what we need to know about the Digital Day education program coming up th
11/05/202029. The Ten Factors Of Cleaning Series Wrap Up (Part 11)
In this episode Stephen Kovach discusses the origin of the ten factors of cleaning as well as why these factors are so important.
10/29/202028. What Can We Learn From The Blue62 Story: Interview With Rod Parker
In this interview, Rod Parker, Senior Principal Scientist at Stryker, gives us a behind the scenes look at the development of the Blue62 detergent. He also helps us to answer the question... is there one detergent that is ideal for all circumstances?