10/27/2020
Articles On-The-Go: Let's Stop Kidding Ourselves - What's the Problem with Tracking Sterile Processing Productivity?
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for insights on the challenges of tracking Sterile Processing productivity: "How many of your facility administrators really know what your Sterile Processing team does? Or, perhaps a better question, how many of them know how long it takes for your tea
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10/26/2020
Dental Reprocessing Insider: Unique Challenges and Real Success
Reprocessing dental instruments can look quite different at each facility-- from the layout and design to who is responsible for reprocessing.  On this episode 4 of Beyond Clean Season 10, we sat down with Johanne Benoit, Sterile Processing Manager and Dental Reprocessing Subject Matter Expert at Fe
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10/21/2020
Real Talk: Healthcare Manufacturers Pivoting to Meet Our Needs
On this episode Bob talks about the ways in which healthcare manufacturers have changed the way they've supported the industry during this time of COVID-19 pandemic. He gives a special shout out and poses a challenge to the powers that be for more ways to support our #healthcareheroes on the front l
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10/20/2020
Articles On-The-Go: "Well, I Didn't See That One Coming" - 5 Secrets to Dealing With Surprise Resignations in SPD
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for thoughts on preparing yourself and your team for surprise resignations in Sterile Processing: "When one of your team members walks out of your office after tendering their resignation, one thought probably comes to mind . . . "Ouch, that hurt." But
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10/19/2020
Reprocessing in the United Arab Emirates: A Story of Pandemic, Leadership & Innovation
Each of our facilities and Sterile Processing departments experienced and responded to the recent global pandemic in different ways. Our abilities to act effectively depended largely on the strengths of our teams, hospital leaders, and governments.  On this episode 3 of Beyond Clean Season 10, we sa
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10/14/2020
60-Second Growth Spurt: Influencing & Implementing Change
Change is hard. And in Sterile Processing, change is the one thing that is constant. So how do you persuade a change in behavior or a shift in thinking as a leader of a department? Tune in to this week’s 60-second growth spurt as Lindsay gives ideas on ways to implement #change among your staff. Hav
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10/13/2020
Articles On-The-Go: How Could "Pay for Productivity" Change the Game for Your SPD Team?
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for insights on shaking up the compensation model in Sterile Processing to reward high performers and incentivize quality: "For those departments and leaders operating under productivity standards (such as Total Items Processed per Month or Total Loads
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10/12/2020
Learning to Love Lean and Improve our Industry
You may have heard the word "Lean" thrown around by consultants and administrators in your hospital, but what does it have to do with Sterile Processing? Is it something to be feared? Something to be loved? Or something in between? On this episode 2 of Beyond Clean Season 10, we sat down with Dr. Ra
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10/07/2020
Fighting Dirty: The Simple Reasons your SPD Needs a Supervisor
It's not rocket science and yet many hospital administrators just don't get it -- Sterile Processing departments need SUPERVISORS! AAMI ST79:2017 recommends it, ECRI makes it a point to spotlight, and the Joint Commission expects it. Plus there's something called common sense that tells us that cons
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10/06/2020
Articles On-The-Go: Five Recruiting Pools You Didn't Know Existed - How to Find Aces for Your SPD Places
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for ideas on recruiting all-stars for your Sterile Processing department: "Great teams don't just happen. They are built and sustained through the blood, sweat, toil, and tears of their leaders. The natural rhythms of SPD life tend to send some of your
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10/05/2020
From Neurosurgeon to Certified Sterile Processing Technician
Why would a neurosurgeon decide to pursue certification in the Sterile Processing industry? What happened in this surgeon's career to turn his eyes and his heart toward the teams managing surgical instrumentation in his facility and across the industry? As we kick off an historical Season 10 of the
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09/30/2020
Beyond Clean Live: UV Disinfection in the OR & Sterile Processing
More and more healthcare facilities around the globe are looking closer at, or upgrading their fleet of, UV technology. This LIVE broadcast will talk about how the science of "killer light" plays out in surface disinfection and how/if this technology has further application in the Operating Room and
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09/29/2020
Articles On-The-Go: The Case for "Product Advocacy" in the Sterile Processing Universe: Why We Need Each Other
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank explains the importance of advocating for best products as well as best practices: "If your department has fallen in love with a lumen brush or rigid container system, share your story, tell your tale. Have you found the perfect sleeve for a laryngoscope b
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09/25/2020
Without Question: Ground-breaking Study on Failures in Endoscope Reprocessing
Reprocessing flexible endoscopes is a challenging task that begs the question: is it finally time for a paradigm shift in endoscope reprocessing? Based on a ground-breaking research study regarding the dangers of contaminant exposure, reprocessing errors, and ineffective cleaning measures, infection
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09/23/2020
Real Talk: Getting Real About PPE Shortages
In this episode Bob discusses the frustration surrounding PPE shortages and asks the necessary question -- what are we going to do to prevent this in the future? Tune in as Bob #getsreal about this important topic. Have a question for Bob? Email him at: Bob@beyondclean.net #RealTalk #BobMarrs #Beyon
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09/22/2020
Articles On-The-Go: Sterile Processing, Infection Control, and Zero Patient Harm: Collaboration Starts with Us
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, we cover the critical importance of collaborating with Infection Control professionals to keep your patients safe and get your SPD departments what they need: While few folks would argue with the importance of high level infection control practices within Steri
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09/18/2020
Ready, AIM, Automate! The Next Generation of Sterile Processing Automation
There are things that people do well and things that machines do well. By combining those two, we get the optimal result of a collaboration between humans and machines. Parts of the average Sterile Processing Department already include some kind of automation. But what about all those other dangerou
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09/16/2020
60-Second Growth Spurt: Becoming A Dynamic Speaker
If you have been leading your team, you’re comfortable speaking in front of a group, and you have information to share that will help reshape the industry in small or large ways, then it may be time to take the next step into the world of public speaking and showcase your knowledge in a larger setti
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09/15/2020
Articles On-The-Go: Three Wonderful Ways Not to Waste Your Friday: A Sterile Processing Week'enders Handbook
It's Wednesday...but Friday is coming! Will your department be ready? On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, get some tips on ensuring your department is set to weather the weekend storm:"No matter how you spend your Fridays in SPD, do yourself and your team a favor and give them the tools they need
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09/09/2020
Fighting Dirty: Get Rid of the Rust - Stop the Compromise & Protect Your Patients
Moment of truth here: Do you have any rusty instruments in your surgical trays? No, let's be honest. And if you have seen rusty instruments, what is stopping you from taking them out? On this episode of Fighting Dirty, Hank brings the skeleton out of the Sterile Processing closet and gives an argume
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09/08/2020
Articles On-The-Go: How to Host a Sterile Processing Olympics for Your Department: Leadership Field Guide
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, get some inspiration and insight for how to host your own Sterile Processing olympics for your department: "There are few words that instill a greater sense of epic-ness in the hearts and minds of most people than the word "Olympics." Even if you're not the kin
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09/02/2020
Real Talk: Surgical Volume Increases: Is Your Department Ready?
On this week's episode, Bob talks about that inevitable day when surgical volumes increase due to elective surgeries coming back on the books. Bob shares practical ways that you can get your Sterile Processing department prepared to run smoothly and efficiently. Tune in now and make sure your SPD te
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09/01/2020
Articles On-The-Go: A Need to Know Basis: What We Wish Our Vendors Knew About Us - An SPD Expose
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for an honest conversations regarding Sterile Processing leaders and the vendors who support us: "Every product or service we purchase has to be justified in some way. Whether it's just a justification to ourselves for why we preferred widget A over wid
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08/26/2020
60-Second Growth Spurt: Non-Verbal Communication
We can control what we say and how we say it but, as it turns out, our audience will pay more attention to the "how" than the "what". This is the second episode in a series on communication and public speaking. Join Lindsay Brown for this #growthspurt focused on the important role of non-verbal comm
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