Respect Your Water | Expert Series On-The-Go
10/23/2021
Respect Your Water | 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, "Respect Your Water." 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/cleanfreaks o
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Customized By Design: Exploring the Intersection of Safety and Efficiency in Sterile Storage
10/22/2021
Customized By Design: Exploring the Intersection of Safety and Efficiency in Sterile Storage
When it comes to adding space, a hospital has two options: move to a new building and renovate, which can completely disrupt staff operation, or use the current space and invest in a more space-efficient storage system. On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with Ian Loper from DSI about an i
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A Worker, Not a Widget: Humanity in the Age of Sterile Processing Optimization
10/21/2021
A Worker, Not a Widget: Humanity in the Age of Sterile Processing Optimization
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch invites us to pause and consider the impact of technology on the value of Sterile Processing Technicians: "Department leaders cannot afford to simply open the floodgates of technology into their departments without judicious consideration of the men
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From Here to There: How OR Liaisons Take Sterile Storage to the Next Level
10/18/2021
From Here to There: How OR Liaisons Take Sterile Storage to the Next Level
Who checks your case carts before the OR opens them for first cases? Who responds to the room when a surgeon needs to speak with someone "ASAP!" Who ensures critical inventory is easily located and accessible throughout the surgical day? On episode 3 of Season 14 "Sterile Storage Wars," we speak wit
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What Are The Different Phases Of A Sterilization Cycle? | Expert Series On-The-Go
10/16/2021
What Are The Different Phases Of A Sterilization Cycle? | 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 Are The Different Phases Of A Sterilization Cycle?". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://
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Sustainable Storage: Customized Solutions Designed with You In Mind
10/15/2021
Sustainable Storage: Customized Solutions Designed with You In Mind
When it comes to sterile storage, disorganization can cost a lot of money in inefficiencies and case delays, especially when critical trays are hard to find. On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with Phillip Van Gorp, President of Belintra Med IT and Storage Solutions about SMART-FOLD* STER
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Surgical (Wedding Cake) Crashers: 7 Surprising Things Your SPD Should Not Be Sterilizing
10/14/2021
Surgical (Wedding Cake) Crashers: 7 Surprising Things Your SPD Should Not Be Sterilizing
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch examines the menagerie of items being sterilized in surgical instrument trays and the reasons they should be left out. "Because they have no validation and no IFUs, they have no place in our sterilizers or on our sterile storage shelves, and definite
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Storage in Transition: Getting with you Need for your SPD
10/11/2021
Storage in Transition: Getting with you Need for your SPD
There's no such thing as a static Sterile Storage area. Instruments are constantly moving in and moving out of the space. But that's not the only kind of transition that happens with this critical inventory step. As we continue with Season 14 "Sterile Storage Wars," we asked Juanita Burrell, Manager
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Daily Practice With Manual Cleaning Tools | Expert Series On-The-Go
10/09/2021
Daily Practice With Manual Cleaning Tools | 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, "Daily Practice With Manual Cleaning Tools". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyond
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Designed to Kill: Keeping Safety at the Forefront of Peracetic Acid Use in Healthcare
10/08/2021
Designed to Kill: Keeping Safety at the Forefront of Peracetic Acid Use in Healthcare
What do flexible endoscopes and poultry have in common? I think many would be surprised to learn that the chemical used to make these two very different things safe is the commonality. Peracetic acid is used in hospitals for high-level disinfection and liquid chemical sterilization and in the foodse
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Sterile Processing Safety Shouldn't Be a Near Miss: Why Incident Reporting of Sharps Matters to Everyone
10/07/2021
Sterile Processing Safety Shouldn't Be a Near Miss: Why Incident Reporting of Sharps Matters to Everyone
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch examines the often overlooked and undocumented occurrence of used sharps being sent to SPD--"If a hospital would document a near miss or injury to a doctor due to a disposable sharp that was not properly disposed of, the same should be true for a dec
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Sterile Storage: An Overview (Sterile Storage Wars)
10/04/2021
Sterile Storage: An Overview (Sterile Storage Wars)
How would you describe Sterile Storage to someone fresh off the street? What are those core fundamentals that every Sterile Processing technician, vendor, and visitor needs to know (or remember) about this crucial stage of the device reprocessing workflow? On this episode 1 kickoff of Season 14 "Ste
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Millions Of Bubbles | Expert Series On-The-Go
10/02/2021
Millions Of Bubbles | 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, "Millions Of Bubbles". 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/cleanfreaks
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Stop, Lock, and Roll: The Upside to Locking Things Down in Your SPD
09/30/2021
Stop, Lock, and Roll: The Upside to Locking Things Down in Your SPD
In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch examines how better practices and safety can be achieved by a simple case cart lock--"The broad implications of an unassuming disposable case cart lock can have a dramatic impact on any number of sterile processing teams around the country. Locks can
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The Myths and Science of Detergent Performance | Expert Series On-The-Go
09/25/2021
The Myths and Science of Detergent Performance | 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, "The Myths and Science of Detergent Performance". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.b
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Thank You, Errors: Connecting the Dots on Surgical Instrument Reprocessing Challenges
09/23/2021
Thank You, Errors: Connecting the Dots on Surgical Instrument Reprocessing Challenges
In this episode of Beyond Clean Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch talks about the lessons we can be learn from the mistakes we make, instead of trying to hide them from each other. -- "We keep our error data to ourselves. We track different metrics, we use different targets, and for the love of all tha
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Is the Annual PM Performed by my Sterilizer Technician, the Same as a Validation? | Expert Series On-The-Go
09/18/2021
Is the Annual PM Performed by my Sterilizer Technician, the Same as a Validation? | 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, "Is the Annual PM Performed by my Sterilizer Technician, the Same as a Validation?". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing
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Expiration Notice: Exploring the difference between event-related and time-related sterility
09/17/2021
Expiration Notice: Exploring the difference between event-related and time-related sterility
Event-related and time-related sterility are hot topics in healthcare settings, and rightfully so! These two concepts have different meanings along with very different implications for the practices in your facility.  On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with Donna McLaughlin CRCST, CSPDT,
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How Long Should You Have to Work in an Industry Before You Can Express an Opinion About It?
09/16/2021
How Long Should You Have to Work in an Industry Before You Can Express an Opinion About It?
In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch talks about his personal experience with whether or not time served merits someones opinions about the industry are valid -- "All this being said, I do believe that the closer our industry moves toward rewarding merit & speed first and foremost, the
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Brush Styles: Why Have Them and What Do They Do? | Expert Series On-The-Go
09/11/2021
Brush Styles: Why Have Them and What Do They Do? | 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, "Brush Styles: Why Have Them and What Do They Do?". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate
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You Should Be Using This Time to Bank Content: A Sterile Processing Contingency Plan
09/09/2021
You Should Be Using This Time to Bank Content: A Sterile Processing Contingency Plan
In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch talks about how creating and saving content could be a valuable way to spend time during the pandemic -- "The pandemic is already upon us. In addition to staying safe yourself, you should be thinking about all the moments in the past year that you to
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Ultrasonic Checklist | Expert Series On-The-Go
09/04/2021
Ultrasonic Checklist | 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, "Ultrasonic Checklist". 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/cleanfreaks
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Articles-On-The-Go: What Hath Coronavirus to do with Social Media?
09/02/2021
Articles-On-The-Go: What Hath Coronavirus to do with Social Media?
In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch looks what lessons can be learned from the the recent pandemic about how we can engage with our customers -- "The good news is that social media provides us with an engaging, safe, and potentially viral (in a good way!) platform to continue to educat
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Can My Detergent Kill Germs? | Expert Series On-The-Go
08/28/2021
Can My Detergent Kill Germs? | 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, "Can My Detergent Kill Germs?". 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/cle
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