04/06/2020
Contaminated Implants with Dr. Aakash Agarwal
Does current surgical site infection data account for the reality of contaminated implants? What kind of research has been done around the safety of individually packaged sterile implants versus reprocessed implants? To kickoff Season 8 of the Beyond Clean podcast, we sat down with Dr. Aakash Agarwa
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04/03/2020
When Disruption Meets Innovation- A Vendor Spotlight with Innovative Sterilization Technologies/ONE TRAY
One of the best decisions to make as a healthcare professional is an informed decision and when it comes to disruptive technology, that is the only way to approach implementation. On this week’s release of the Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight Series, we speak with Barbara Ann Harmer and Dave Billman ab
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04/02/2020
COVID-19 Impact Series: Julia Jackson, CST, MED, FAST | Infection Preventionist | Michigan
On this release of the Beyond Clean "COVID-19 Impact Series", we speak with Julia Jackson, CST, MED, FAST, an infection preventionist in Michigan about what she is seeing on the frontlines. As the global voice of Sterile Processing we want to provide an outlet and conduit for frontline information a
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04/02/2020
COVID-19 Impact Series: Larry Muscarella | Independent Safety Expert | Pennsylvania
On this release of the Beyond Clean "COVID-19 Impact Series", we speak with Larry Muscarella, an independent safety expert in Pennsylvania about what he is seeing on the frontlines. As the global voice of Sterile Processing we want to provide an outlet and conduit for frontline information and best
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04/01/2020
COVID-19 Impact Series: Gary Socola | Validation Testing & Lab Services | New York
On this release of the Beyond Clean "COVID-19 Impact Series", we speak with Gary Socola, President of HIGHPOWER Validation Testing & Lab Services in New York about what he is seeing on the frontlines. As the global voice of Sterile Processing we want to provide an outlet and conduit for frontline in
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03/31/2020
COVID-19 Impact Series: Buffy Lloyd-Krejci, CIC | Infection Preventionist | Arizona
On this release of the Beyond Clean "COVID-19 Impact Series", we speak with Buffy Lloyd-Krejci, CIC, an infection preventionist in Arizona about what she is seeing on the frontlines. As the global voice of Sterile Processing we want to provide an outlet and conduit for frontline information and best
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03/30/2020
Probing Question: Disinfection Answers for Ultrasound Probes
We’ve likely all found ourselves wishing that technology and processes would more quickly adapt to the ever-changing needs of facilities and patients under our care. That push-and-pull is exactly why we chose to bring this important conversation from Season 2 back to the spotlight. Join us for this
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03/26/2020
COVID-19 Impact Series: Dr. Patrick O'Malley | Emergency Physician | South Carolina
On this release of the Beyond Clean "COVID-19 Impact Series", we speak with Dr. Patrick O'Malley, an emergency physician in South Carolina about what he is seeing on the frontlines. As the global voice of Sterile Processing we want to provide an outlet and conduit for frontline information and best
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03/23/2020
RFID: The Changing Landscape of Surgical Instrument Tracking
When it comes to total optimization of instrument trays and inventory management, it's nearly impossible to have this conversation without talking about the potential of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). What is it and how is it changing a healthcare facility's ability to manage instrument and
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03/20/2020
Bonus Episode - Preventing Contaminated Devices in Light of COVID-19
What does the COVID-19 coronavirus have to do with the Sterile Processing department? Will this pandemic change the everyday workflow of our reprocessing teams? How should we be approaching strategic planning during this unsettling time? There are a million of these kinds of concerns racing through
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03/16/2020
STERILE SCOPES: The Final Frontier of Endoscope Reprocessing- Jenni Gibbs
There's an incredible amount of research that has been presented on and published the last 10 years about the dangers associated with improper reprocessing of flexible endoscopes. As healthcare facilities work through risk assessments to determine what process changes to implement, moving from disin
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03/13/2020
A Chemical Education- Vendor Spotlight with Certol International
When it comes to implementing reliable consistent chemicals to do the dirtiest jobs in sterile processing, few names rise to the top like Certol International. With a 40-year track record in chemical manufacturing for infection prevention products, Certol International embodies a commitment to quali
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03/09/2020
The Case for Single-Use Instruments - Kathy Mazza
Since each healthcare facility is different, there is a time and place for reusable and single-use instrumentation that may differ from one hospital or clinic to another. On this week's re-released throwback episode from Season 2, we talk with Kathy Mazza who discusses all things single-use instrume
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03/02/2020
Don Tumminelli: The Unknown World of Medical Device Validation
There are many questions and often a critical level of misunderstanding about medical device validation so on this re-released throwback episode from Season 2, we went right to the source and interviewed validation expert Don Tumminelli, Senior Technical Manager, Client Services at HIGHPOWER Validat
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02/24/2020
Are Screw Caddies Safe? Taking a Closer Look at Reprocessing Surgical Implants-Terry McAuley
It's the end of your shift, you've inspected and prepared what felt like thousands of tiny screws in an orthopedic tray. You grab the caddy, stand up, catch your foot on the anti-fatigue mat and the moment every tech dreads happens to you- the screw caddy falls and the screws are sent flying across
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02/17/2020
When Tools and Training Are Out of Reach: Sterile Processing Education Charitable Trust-Christina Fast
In 2011, Christina Fast, an internationally certified Sterile Processing Educator, volunteered on the Africa Mercy—the world’s largest floating hospital. While docked in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Christina visited the sterile processing department of a local healthcare facility where she witnessed hea
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02/10/2020
Dangers on the Orient(ation) Express: Getting On-boarding Right with Competency Based Programs-William Bryant
If you’ve ever been a new hire in the sterile processing department, this week’s Beyond Clean podcast interview may bring back some, we’ll just say interesting, memories. We’re talking about the onboarding process and setting sterile processing professionals up for success from day one. Our guest, W
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02/03/2020
Every Second Matters: Frontline Insights and Perspectives from a 2nd Shift SPD Leader-Sarah B. Cruz
Two words: Shift wars. Each shift in a hospital department is riddled with interpersonal dynamics but the interplay between shifts is a topic we are finally shining a well-deserved light on. It's something that is a reality for many healthcare professionals and on this week's episode of Beyond Clean
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01/27/2020
On Board for Improvement: Building Teams and Trust for a New Sterile Processing Leader - Aimee Kellogg
You wake up this morning, grab your cup of coffee and head into work. You get there to greet a new department- one that you have very little familiarity with- the Sterile Processing Department. You have a couple of days to observe the state of affairs and then congratulations the department is yours
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01/20/2020
Air Traffic Control: The Complex World of Temperature, Humidity and Airflow in Surgical Services - David Schurk
As healthcare professionals, we go to great lengths to make sure that our Operating Rooms are safe and that the sterility of medical devices is maintained to prevent harm to patients. What if, after all that effort, the culprit for spreading illness is actually your HVAC system? A potential breeding
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01/13/2020
What Happened in Vegas: A Story About the Heart of Sterile Processing in the Midst of Tragedy-Dwayne Taylor
On October 1, 2017 a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers on Route 91 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 10 minutes later the deadliest mass shooting in US history had transpired within the blink of an eye. Little did this week's podcast guest know that the training he pursued in the military and surgic
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01/10/2020
Thinking Inside the Box: New FDA Claims on Multiple Tray Sterilization Technology
It stands a little over five feet tall, increases sterilization efficiencies and saves time and money. Yes, it could be your new best friend- it’s the SteriCUBE and on this week’s release of the Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight series, we talk to Michele Mauzerall, CEO and Managing Partner at PMBS, LLC
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01/06/2020
A Winning Plan: Making Process Improvement Possible - Marjorie Wall
When a problem strikes in Sterile Processing or the Operating Room that puts a patient at risk, the knee jerk reaction is to what? To fire the person responsible. In this first episode of Season 7 we talk with a mathematics major on a full scholarship-turned-Sterile Processing leader about the cultu
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12/30/2019
ISO Certification for SPD Departments & AAMI/ASTM Updates: Ralph Basile
Regulators want it, healthcare facilities want it, medical device manufacturers want it...what if surgical instrument validation was actually geared toward a specific standard protocol? This re-released Season 1 episode features one of the biggest names in sterile processing, Ralph Basile, who talks
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