A Career that Matters: Learning from Decades of Decontamination
04/19/2021
A Career that Matters: Learning from Decades of Decontamination
How do you build a Sterile Processing career that you can be proud of? What are the keys to earning the trust of your customers and the respect of your peers in our industry? In short, how do you make your career count? On this Beyond Clean episode 3 of Season 12, we sit down for a very special inte
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All You Ever Wanted To Know About Being A Clinical Educator
04/12/2021
All You Ever Wanted To Know About Being A Clinical Educator
What makes a great clinical educator? How should someone start preparing right now for a career as a clinical educator? On this Beyond Clean episode 2 of Season 12, we sit down with Marilyn Burns, RN, BS, CNOR, to talk all things education, learning, and the nitty gritty of how people interact with
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The Write Stuff: Pens, Markers & Sterile Packaging
04/05/2021
The Write Stuff: Pens, Markers & Sterile Packaging
Where can you write on sterile packaging? Is certain ink really toxic and potentially dangerous to patients? Is this a practical conversation for Sterile Processing teams or purely an academic one for curious nerds? On this Beyond Clean episode 1 of Season 12, we kick off the season with Kevin Ander
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Blown Away: Utilizing Airflow to Automate the Endoscope Drying Process
03/26/2021
Blown Away: Utilizing Airflow to Automate the Endoscope Drying Process
As healthcare professionals, we are no strangers to the complexity of flexible endoscope reprocessing. With different regulatory standards and IFUs to follow, it is hard to believe there is no clear direction to the process of drying internal endoscope channels--that is--until now. On this Beyond Cl
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You Shall Not Pass: How Decontamination & Direction Break the Chain of Infection
02/22/2021
You Shall Not Pass: How Decontamination & Direction Break the Chain of Infection
What's the big deal with a one-way workflow in decontamination? Is it really a critical aspect of infection control or just a common sense application of traditional manufacturing in the Sterile Processing context? On this episode 8 of Season 11, we wrap up the season with Steven Sutton, Director, P
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Rewarding Technical Excellence: A Model for Technical Career Growth
02/15/2021
Rewarding Technical Excellence: A Model for Technical Career Growth
How do you grow in your Sterile Processing career if you don't want to go into leadership? What can departments do to cultivate and reward technical excellence? On this episode 7 of Season 11, we sat down with Loraine Durigan, Sterile Processing Traveling Manager at SpecialtyCare, to discuss her vis
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Stop, Drop Off, & Roll the Carts: Signs That Make the Sterile Processing Work...Flow
02/08/2021
Stop, Drop Off, & Roll the Carts: Signs That Make the Sterile Processing Work...Flow
Have you ever created a hand-made sign for your department? "Don't Touch" "Stack Containers Here" "Press Button for Service" The examples of things we need to communicate in device reprocessing are endless. On this episode 6 of Season 11, we sat down with Garry Bassi, Director, Medical Device Reproc
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The Laparoscopic Challenge: One Man's Mission for a Safer World
02/01/2021
The Laparoscopic Challenge: One Man's Mission for a Safer World
What would you do if you had no decontamination room, no access to low-cost, reliable electricity and water, and a handful of laparoscopic devices to reprocess?  On this episode 5 of Season 11, we sat down with Delft University of Technology researcher Girish Malage, to discuss his field studies and
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Administrators: Creating Powerful Advocates for Sterile Processing Teams
01/25/2021
Administrators: Creating Powerful Advocates for Sterile Processing Teams
Would your hospital administrators recognize you in the hallway? When is the last time you saw your CEO take a stroll through your Sterile Processing department? Why does any of this matter? On this episode 4 of Season 11, we sat down with Bryan Croft, Senior Vice President of Operations at Cedars-S
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Bigger Than Us: What it Really Means to Build an Industry Worth Loving
01/18/2021
Bigger Than Us: What it Really Means to Build an Industry Worth Loving
What causes one person to take pride in their job, and someone else to treat it like just a paycheck? When you drill down to the very core of a Sterile Processing technician, what do you find that is really special? On this episode 3 of Season 11, we sat down with Beyond Clean Co-Founder & President
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Superbugs be Gone: New FDA Clearance for Terminal Endoscope Sterilization
01/15/2021
Superbugs be Gone: New FDA Clearance for Terminal Endoscope Sterilization
Picture it: you turn on the news and the top story reads: "infectious outbreak linked to hospital and clinic endoscopes."  Let the media storm and regulatory survey frenzy begin! As Sterile Processing professionals, this is our industry's worst nightmare and on this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight, we
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RedCap Quality: A Story of Technology, Creativity, and Accountability in SPD
01/11/2021
RedCap Quality: A Story of Technology, Creativity, and Accountability in SPD
Broken processes, communication breakdowns with the Operating Room, and rising frustrations – sound like a challenge you are facing in your Sterile Processing department? Big or small, each of our facilities encounter issues that have to be overcome or quality outcomes eventually suffer. On this epi
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Raising the Disinfection Bar
01/08/2021
Raising the Disinfection Bar
Everywhere we go, whether it is out to dinner, to the grocery store, or the hair salon-- we expect these establishments have invested in safe cleaning and disinfection techniques. Now more than ever, it’s critical that cleaning and disinfection is both performed and documented, especially in the hea
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Target Acquired: What is Really Required for Endoscope Tracking & Tracing
01/04/2021
Target Acquired: What is Really Required for Endoscope Tracking & Tracing
Could you prove your flexible endoscope was properly cleaned, processed, and stored for every scope, every patient, every time? Would it be a scramble to three-ring binders and stacks of paper, or is your facility already using some type of technology to help you hardwire the documentation process?
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Fighting Dirty:  The Sterile Processing Staffing Crisis
12/30/2020
Fighting Dirty: The Sterile Processing Staffing Crisis
Conversation with Jim Carlock, author of “Looming Sterile Processing Staffing Crisis Requires Action Now”. You can read his article on the Beyond Clean blog here: https://www.beyondclean.net/post/staffingcrisis
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Real Talk:  Dear Administrators...Never enough time?
12/23/2020
Real Talk: Dear Administrators...Never enough time?
"There's never enough time to do it right, but there's always enough time to do it again." In this episode Bob addresses the Administrators in the hospital to encourage the approval of Sterile Processing equipment, construction, and resources because #patientsafety depends on it. Have a question for
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60-Second Growth Spurt:  Set and Achieve SMART Goals
12/16/2020
60-Second Growth Spurt: Set and Achieve SMART Goals
Whether it’s a list of excuses, a sincere lack of time, or the fact that our goals are too big and broad to even know where to start, all of these things can prevent us from setting and sticking to our professional goals. Setting smart and achievable career goals can propel you far beyond your expec
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Driving Dental Compliance Through Comprehensive Instrument Management
12/11/2020
Driving Dental Compliance Through Comprehensive Instrument Management
Imagine sitting in the dentist chair waiting for your teeth cleaning when a staff member walks in with a tray of  unwrapped instruments. If you are like us, not only does this make you cringe, but you know that this is a BIG infection prevention red flag! On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we tal
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Fighting Dirty:  How long should you have to work in an industry before you can express an opinion about it?
12/09/2020
Fighting Dirty: How long should you have to work in an industry before you can express an opinion about it?
"I believe the closer our industry moves toward rewarding fresh opinions, the more of them we will see in our frontline technicians, leaders, and innovators. The more we listen to new voices and outside perspectives, the better equipped our industry will become to handle the changing world around us
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Visualize Quality: Equipping your Sterile Processing Teams with the EndoPro-Cam
12/04/2020
Visualize Quality: Equipping your Sterile Processing Teams with the EndoPro-Cam
Picture this: You are assembling a tray; the phone rings and it is the operating room with news that the rigid scope they are using on a patient isn't working properly. Let the mad rush to get new equipment up to that OR begin! We have all been there and on this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk
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Real Talk:  FDA & Emergency Use Authorizations
12/02/2020
Real Talk: FDA & Emergency Use Authorizations
On this episode Bob talks about about the Emergency Use Authorizations through the FDA during the pandemic and the implications of reusing and re-sterilizing single-use devices (SUDs) moving forward. Tune in to learn more and click the following link to view a document that describes the process FDA
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60-Second Growth Spurt:  Changing Department Culture
11/25/2020
60-Second Growth Spurt: Changing Department Culture
On this third installment on managing change, Lindsay discusses easy ways to incrementally work toward changing overall department culture. How can leaders create short-term opportunities that lead to long-term #CulturalShifts? You're invited to join her for the next 60 seconds and find out! Have a
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Articles On-The-Go:  Back to School- An Insider's Guide to Being a Student & an A+ Sterile Processing Tech
11/24/2020
Articles On-The-Go: Back to School- An Insider's Guide to Being a Student & an A+ Sterile Processing Tech
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, listen as Hank outlines best practices for balancing school & a Sterile Processing career: "As with any other goal in life, completing college is something countless folks have done before you and many more will do after you. And many of us have also done it wh
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The Case for Usage Based Repair
11/23/2020
The Case for Usage Based Repair
How often should your surgical instruments be repaired? Should your repair partner be on-site every week or should it all depend on your facility usage data? On this season finale episode of the Beyond Clean podcast, we flipped the script and interviewed Beyond Clean co-founder and CEO Justin Poulin
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