Where'd Everyone Go: Demographic Drought and the Future of SPD
07/26/2021
Where'd Everyone Go: Demographic Drought and the Future of SPD
Is the Sterile Processing industry actually running out of people? On this episode 4 of Beyond Clean season 13, we sit down with labor statistician and economist Ron Hetrick, Director of Staffing Products and Data at Emsi to discuss his organization's latest research & E-book entitled "Demographic
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Steam Purity vs. Steam Quality | Expert Series On-The-Go
07/24/2021
Steam Purity vs. Steam Quality | Expert Series On-The-Go
On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Steam Purity vs. Steam Quality." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/c
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Articles-On-The-Go: So you Want to Write a Blog Post? The Normal Person's Guide to Great Sterile Processing Content
07/22/2021
Articles-On-The-Go: So you Want to Write a Blog Post? The Normal Person's Guide to Great Sterile Processing Content
In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch talks about how you (yes, you!) can start creating sterile processing content of your very own.  And it's easier than you may think! // "You don't have to be as prolific as William Shakespeare or as funny as Mark Twain to write a great blog post. In
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Way Back When: Snapshot of the 1980's in UK Sterile Services
07/19/2021
Way Back When: Snapshot of the 1980's in UK Sterile Services
What do Michael Jackson, the Elephant Man, and instrument reprocessing have in common? Curiously more than you might think. On this episode 3 of Beyond Clean season 13, we sit down for a unique interview from across the pond with Matthew Peskett, Managing Director of Peskett Solutions Ltd and co-h
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Sterile Processing & COVID-19 | Expert Series On-The-Go
07/17/2021
Sterile Processing & COVID-19 | Expert Series On-The-Go
On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Sterile Processing & COVID-19". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cl
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Articles-On-The-Go: The Great Pity of the Sterile Processing Pizza Party: Recognition Drowned in Marinara Sauce
07/15/2021
Articles-On-The-Go: The Great Pity of the Sterile Processing Pizza Party: Recognition Drowned in Marinara Sauce
Ever feel like the "pizza party" is the bare minimum the hospital can do to make you feel appreciated?  You're not alone. In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch looks at why the pizza party has become a cliche in our departments and what leaders should really be doing to recognize their t
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Spent? The Over / Under of Surgical Instrument Budgets
07/12/2021
Spent? The Over / Under of Surgical Instrument Budgets
If you're going to blow your instrument budget...go big and get data. On this episode 2 of Beyond Clean season 13, we sit down with David Kelman, P.E., President of Kelman & Company Consulting to discuss his unique background and perspectives on the topics of surgical instrument inventories, budge
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What is Ultrasonic Cavitation? | Expert Series On-The-Go
07/10/2021
What is Ultrasonic Cavitation? | Expert Series On-The-Go
On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "What is Ultrasonic Cavitation?" To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cl
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Breathe Easy: Reusable Laryngoscope Systems Designed with Safety and Sustainability in Mind
07/09/2021
Breathe Easy: Reusable Laryngoscope Systems Designed with Safety and Sustainability in Mind
In healthcare, small changes in regulations and disruptions in supply chain can have a ripple effect on an industry. On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight, we talk with Christian Berling, VP of Sales and Marketing at Heine, about going back to the drawing board to manufacture the industry’s only reu
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Articles-On-The-Go: So you Failed your Sterile Processing Certification Exam?
07/08/2021
Articles-On-The-Go: So you Failed your Sterile Processing Certification Exam?
Failed your Sterile Processing certification exam?  You're not alone.  Approximately 40% of test takers fail the exam on their first try. In this episode of Articles-On-The Go, Hank Balch looks at all the reasons you have to not be discouraged upon getting that first negative result. // "...Perhaps
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The Secret of Staff Satisfaction: Happy High Performers & Award-Winning Departments
07/05/2021
The Secret of Staff Satisfaction: Happy High Performers & Award-Winning Departments
Yes, we want our Sterile Processing teams to be productive. Of course we want them to be quality focused. But shouldn't we also want them to be...happy? Kicking off Beyond Clean season 13, we sit down with Brian Dolan, MHSA, CMRP, CRCST, CVAHP, LLSGB, Vice President Resource Management at Bayhealt
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Articles-On-The-Go: On Low Standards and Lawsuits: An Argument For Infection Control in the Clinic Setting
07/01/2021
Articles-On-The-Go: On Low Standards and Lawsuits: An Argument For Infection Control in the Clinic Setting
What potential harm could there be in a visit to your local clinic?  More than you might think... In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch examines the need for standards and guidelines in the clinic settings, and the dangers of avoiding them. // "At the end of the day, patients don't give
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Making the Sterile Processing Net-Work: A Conversation with the Beyond Clean Team
06/28/2021
Making the Sterile Processing Net-Work: A Conversation with the Beyond Clean Team
This special release episode of the Beyond Clean podcast features a recent Expert Series conference session with our Beyond Clean team members, Hank Balch (President & co-founder), Lindsay Brown (VP), Michael Matthews (VP), and Adam Okada (Clinical Manager) on the topic of making your Sterile Proces
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Articles-On-The-Go: 3,778 Reasons the New Jersey Sterilization Outbreak Matters to You
06/24/2021
Articles-On-The-Go: 3,778 Reasons the New Jersey Sterilization Outbreak Matters to You
In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch discusses why you should care about one of the most recent hospitals to make national headlines for problems in Sterile Processing. "The impact of the recent dirty surgery headline in New Jersey is understandably shocking. But it reveals much more ab
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Shoulders, Knees, & Trays: A Conversation with a Vendor Management Expert
06/21/2021
Shoulders, Knees, & Trays: A Conversation with a Vendor Management Expert
This special release episode of the Beyond Clean podcast features a recent Expert Series conference session with our Vendor Management Expert Jeff Wertz, VP Business Development at Surgio Health. During this episode,  we paint the picture of a day in the life of a device representative – What are t
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Articles-On-The-Go: Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Why Sterile Processors Love Facebook
06/17/2021
Articles-On-The-Go: Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Why Sterile Processors Love Facebook
Why are Sterile Processing groups on Facebook so popular?  What makes us as an industry so hungry for community & connection?  In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch answers those questions and add some perspective of his own: "Ultimately, Sterile Processing Facebook groups have done what
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Chemical Warfare: A Conversation with an Enzymatic Expert
06/14/2021
Chemical Warfare: A Conversation with an Enzymatic Expert
This special release episode of the Beyond Clean podcast features a recent Expert Series conference session with our Enzymatic Expert Peggy Spitzer, A.A.S., B.A., MA.Ed., Clinical Education Manager at Certol International. Dive into the brewing debates in the industry related to cleaning chemicals!
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Articles-On-The-Go: The Dangerously Dirty Secret of Sterile Processing Contract/Traveling
06/10/2021
Articles-On-The-Go: The Dangerously Dirty Secret of Sterile Processing Contract/Traveling
On this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank examines the reasons, risks, and potential reward of the Sterile Processing traveling/agency dynamics in departments across the US: "Sterile Processing departments across the country are struggling to recruit and retain high quality, experienced, and certi
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Do the Twist: A Conversation with a Manual Cleaning Expert
06/07/2021
Do the Twist: A Conversation with a Manual Cleaning Expert
This special release episode of the Beyond Clean podcast features a recent Expert Series conference session with our Manual Cleaning Expert Jamie Zarembinski, CCSVP, Clinical Educator at Key Surgical. Has manual cleaning changed at all in the last few years? Are we seeing more or less attention giv
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Articles-On-The-Go: When It's My Surgery: Fear, Trust, and Our Sterile Processing Moment
06/03/2021
Articles-On-The-Go: When It's My Surgery: Fear, Trust, and Our Sterile Processing Moment
On this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch examines what it's like to be on the "other" side of the instrument, and to experience surgery as a patient..."Ultimately, I was confronted with only one choice -- trust the process. I had to hope and believe that this Sterile Processing team had it
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Arriving at Terminal G: A Conversation with a Gas Sterilization Expert
05/31/2021
Arriving at Terminal G: A Conversation with a Gas Sterilization Expert
This special release episode of the Beyond Clean podcast features a recent Expert Series conference session with our Gas Sterilization Expert Ted May, President & CEO of the Andersen Products Division of Andersen Sterilizers.  We were all about starting the conference off with an intensely honest c
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Not a Pipe Dream: A Conversation with a Steam Sterilization Expert
05/31/2021
Not a Pipe Dream: A Conversation with a Steam Sterilization Expert
This special release episode of the Beyond Clean podcast features a recent Expert Series conference session with our Steam Sterilization Expert Joel Schafer, CRCST, VP Engineering of Sterile Services, LLC. Science, physics, standards, testing, user compliance-- these concepts are all related to ste
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Water, Water, Everywhere: A Conversation with a Water Quality Expert
05/31/2021
Water, Water, Everywhere: A Conversation with a Water Quality Expert
This special release episode of the Beyond Clean podcast features a recent Expert Series conference session with our Water Quality Expert Jonathan Wilder, PhD, Managing Director for the Quality Processing Resource Group, LLC.  It's raining, it's pouring - water quality KNOWLEDGE! Join us for a discu
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Articles-On-The-Go:  Sterilization Scare: 5 Lessons We Must Learn from Porter Adventist Hospital
05/27/2021
Articles-On-The-Go: Sterilization Scare: 5 Lessons We Must Learn from Porter Adventist Hospital
On this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, listen as Hank Balch spells out the lessons that should be learned from headline grabbing quality breakdowns such as what happened at Porter Adventist Hospital in 2018. Could your facility be the next Porter? "We have learned the dangers are real and the damage
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