05/29/2020
How to Respond to Increased Surgical Volumes Post-COVID-19
If someone told you there is a way to process a total knee set in 1 hour 23 minutes vs. 4 hours and 7 minutes, would you hesitate? The tune of the conversation in healthcare has changed to that of resuming elective surgeries post-COVID and finding efficiencies is the only way to keep up with the inc
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05/27/2020
Fighting Dirty: How to Leverage Sterile Processing Newsletters
How do you get your Sterile Processing department's successes, updates, and requests in front of your hospital CEO, CNO, CFO, surgeons, Operating Room leadership, nurses, surgical technicians, and SPD staff? On this episode of Fighting Dirty, Hank talks about how to leverage the power of a departmen
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05/26/2020
Articles On-The-Go: Go Out Among the Hedges: The Place for Sterile Processing Leadership in Recruiting All-Stars
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for encouragement and recommendations on your hunt for Sterile Processing all-stars at your hospital: "Not only is the physical location of the Sterile Processing department in the basement of the hospital, but it is often in the basement of the broader
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05/25/2020
Sterile Processing and Perioperative Efficiency with Paul Wafer
Often times the most obvious ways to improve are the hardest to see. That's why teams of all sizes, in all industries, can benefit from an outside perspective. On this week's episode, Hank and Justin speak with longtime perioperative consultant, Paul Wafer, about the importance of efficiency and com
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05/20/2020
Real Talk: Sterilization Success: Unloading the Sterilizer
On this week's episode, Bob continues his series on the sterilization process and talks specifically about unloading the sterilizer. What are the critical things to consider to ensure sterility from the moment you crack that sterilizer door? Tune in for more clinical education and training around #
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05/19/2020
Articles On-The-Go: Sterile Processing Service Excellence: 5 Tips to Become the Chick-fil-A of Your Surgical Team
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for tips on becoming the Chick-fil-A of your surgical team by focusing on service excellence in SPD: "You know your customers better than anyone else, so be intentional about hiring SPD techs according to your overarching department emphasis on customer
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05/18/2020
Fighting Dirty Together with Melissa Morgan
As Sterile Processing professionals, something that we will always need is an advocate. We need people throughout our healthcare facilities to back us, to support us, and to help make the case for improvements throughout surgical services--especially Sterile Processing. On this episode, we talk with
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05/14/2020
N95 Reprocessing in Sterile Processing: Critical Insights on Masks
Do you have questions about N95 mask reprocessing in your Sterile Processing department? Things like, "Why is cellulose such a big deal when seeking to reprocess certain masks in certain ways?" "Is there such a thing as "cleaning" a mask prior to reprocessing?" Well, we've got answers. On this bonus
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05/13/2020
60-Second Growth Spurt: Curating Connections
In this episode, Lindsay talks about the importance of surrounding yourself with people who will encourage you, support you and help you grow as a professional. Join her for today's #GrowthSpurt on curating meaningful connections. Have a question or comment for Linds? Email her at: Lindsay@beyondcle
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05/12/2020
Articles On-The-Go: Cultivating your Team: How to "Grow Your Own" Sterile Processing Leaders
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for insight into preparing your department's Sterile Processing technicians for growth opportunities right where they are: "As you interview for entry level SPD tech positions, always be thinking about what inherent qualities this person has for future
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05/11/2020
ER Instrument Quality with Dr. Patrick O'Malley
The Emergency Department has a unique set of needs when it comes to instrumentation. The quality of instruments in kits used in the ER can vary greatly -- a common pain point for physicians working in this department at many hospitals. On this week's episode we talk with Dr. Patrick O'Malley who has
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05/07/2020
COVID-19 Impact Series: Kate Lee | OR Director & Navy Reservist | Florida & NYC
On this release of the Beyond Clean "COVID-19 Impact Series", we speak with Kate Lee, a director of Surgical Services in Florida and active Navy Reservist who was deployed to the frontline of COVID-19 in New York City. As the global voice of Sterile Processing we want to provide an outlet and condui
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05/06/2020
Fighting Dirty: A Heart-to-Heart about "Glorified Dishwashers"
If you want to light a fuse under a Sterile Processing technician, call them a "glorified dishwasher." Few things seem to get under our skin quicker than this one phrase that has been weaponized by frustrated healthcare workers who don't value how CRITICAL we actually are to patient care, and how co
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05/05/2020
Articles On-The-Go: Here are 5 Tips to Create a Competitive Resume
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for tips on how to create a competitive Sterile Processing resume: "This resume you are working on could be the road map for all kinds of future career growth. Although you may be thinking it's just for an entry level Sterile Processing position, if you
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05/04/2020
Safety You Can See with featured guest Cory Hanosh
As we age, we lose our visual acuity and this could have serious impacts on the instrument inspection process in Sterile Processing departments. Enhanced visual inspection is being talked about more and more-- and for good reason. On this week’s episode we talk with Cory Hanosh, President and Founde
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04/29/2020
Real Talk: Sterilization Success - The Must-Haves Part 2
On this week's episode, Bob breaks down the sterilization process and talks specifically about load preparation as it pertains to peel packs, wrapped trays and rigid containers. Tune in for more clinical education and training around #SuccessfulSterilizationCycles. Have a question for Bob? Email him
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04/28/2020
Articles On-The-Go: 5 Tips for Winning the Race Against the Reprocessing Clock
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for tips on addressing all the "time" requirements in your Sterile Processing department: "While the days of pocket watches may be behind us, and wrist watches are a no-no for infection control reasons, the decontamination area of your SPD should still
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04/27/2020
Sterile Processing Research Survey with Peter Nichol, MD
If you were given the opportunity to make a significant impact on the sustainability of the Sterile Processing industry as a profession, would you take it? Sterile Processing is a high-risk, high-stress, and high-tech industry. In many facilities it isn't sufficiently supported financially, in terms
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04/22/2020
60-Second Growth Spurt: An Introduction
This video is an introduction to a new Beyond Clean YouTube series called 60-Second Growth Spurt. As sterile processing professionals, you are asked to show up every single day and perform tasks that save lives. Twice a month, Lindsay Brown will give practical ways that you can grow professionally a
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04/21/2020
Articles On-The-Go: On Sticks & Stones - How to Rescue Your SPD from a Culture of Failure
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, listen in for insights around overcoming service failures in your Sterile Processing department: "In the world of Sterile Processing, you rarely get the opportunity to build your reputation or the reputation of your departments from scratch. And even if you cou
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04/20/2020
Residual Protein Research with Mark Campbell
Time is of the essence, and so is research- especially when it comes to residual protein on reprocessed instruments. In the United Kingdom, there's been strong concern about prion diseases within proteins. The Department of Health in the UK has been actively looking at, and concerned about, the numb
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04/17/2020
The Invisible Threat: Chemical Monitoring in Sterile Processing
What do Hydrogen Peroxide, Ethylene Oxide and Peracetic Acid have in common? They are all designed to kill and ChemDAQ Inc. is the innovator behind the best-in-class chemical monitoring systems that are critical to keeping workers safe around them. For 30 years, ChemDAQ Inc. has been creating techno
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04/15/2020
Fighting Dirty: #SterileProcessing - A Crash Course On Industry Social Media
Have you noticed the growing wave of Sterile Processing social media content coming out over the last few years? Are you following the conversations or still trying to catch up? On this episode of Fighting Dirty, Hank puts a spotlight on the #SterileProcessing hashtag and discusses how to use this t
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04/14/2020
Articles On-The-Go: The Weakness of the Power of Positive Thinking
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, listen in for an important conversation around Sterile Processing inspiration: "[A]midst all the challenges, we also experience tremendous victories as a Sterile Processing team. We save lives. We preempt the horrible suffering that could occur due to a surgica
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