Now We Know: Engaging Surgeons around Sterile Processing Research
02/06/2023
Now We Know: Engaging Surgeons around Sterile Processing Research
What’s at the center of all the washing, assembling, and sterilizing in an SPD that keeps patients safe and surgeries moving forward? People. Skilled technicians who manage to get the job done regardless of the stressors, work environment, or available tools. As an industry, how to we recognize thes
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The Origin Story of Instrument Quality: Making Rongeurs That Stand the Test of Time
02/03/2023
The Origin Story of Instrument Quality: Making Rongeurs That Stand the Test of Time
When our industry talks about "instrument quality," what do we really mean? What does that quality standard actually give us? And where does it actually begin? Joining us for this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight™ is Alex Ebner, CEO of Wiggins Medical to speak with us about the origin of surgical instr
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So you Want to Write a Blog Post? The Normal Person's Guide to Great Sterile Processing Content
02/02/2023
So you Want to Write a Blog Post? The Normal Person's Guide to Great Sterile Processing Content
In this CE-approved release 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 bl
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Surgical Instruments & the Data Every Surgeon Wants
01/30/2023
Surgical Instruments & the Data Every Surgeon Wants
Data makes the world go 'round when it comes to investment in Sterile Processing for staffing, equipment, and other resources. But what kind of data do we even get out of our surgical suites? What do our surgeons know about instrument data and what do they need to know?  On this Season 19 episode of
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No Cookie Cutter Approach: Part 3 | Expert Series On-The-Go
01/28/2023
No Cookie Cutter Approach: Part 3 | 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, "How to Reduce Vendor Trays". 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/clean
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Facts vs Fiction: Exposing the Myths Surrounding UV-C Disinfection
01/27/2023
Facts vs Fiction: Exposing the Myths Surrounding UV-C Disinfection
What have you heard about UV-C Disinfection? Are all low-level disinfection devices created equally? Find out the truth about UV-C disinfection in this exciting Beyond Clean Vendor SpotlightTM with Gunner Lyslo, Founder and CEO of Surfacide. Learn how low-level disinfection with UV-C energy signific
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Need it Now: Understanding Trauma Surgery & Instrument Needs
01/23/2023
Need it Now: Understanding Trauma Surgery & Instrument Needs
How does Sterile Processing remove the drama from trauma? Whether it is locating that one-of-a-kind set or turning over trays on the tightest timelines, trauma cases can spark chaos for both the operating room and central sterile.    On this Season 19 episode of "The Surgeons We Serve," a season foc
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How to Reduce Vendor Trays | Expert Series On-The-Go
01/21/2023
How to Reduce Vendor Trays | 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, "How to Reduce Vendor Trays". 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/clean
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Guide to Success: Become Audit Ready with the SPM™ Endo Workflow Solution
01/20/2023
Guide to Success: Become Audit Ready with the SPM™ Endo Workflow Solution
How do you ensure your endoscopes are procedure and audit-ready, going beyond the simple tracking of endoscopes across your facility? What if you had a guide to help your team walk through the complete endoscope reprocessing loop? On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight™ series, we sit down with Amand
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Dealing with Drama in Sterile Processing: Important Thoughts on Team Dynamics
01/19/2023
Dealing with Drama in Sterile Processing: Important Thoughts on Team Dynamics
In this CE-approved release of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch takes a hard look at department drama and how to address it:  -- "Personal matters aside, your sterile processing department has a mission to accomplish, and to do so, there is a certain standard for culture and communication that must be
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Teaching the Future Surgeon: Learning to Love Instruments
01/16/2023
Teaching the Future Surgeon: Learning to Love Instruments
Ever heard the phrase, "It takes one to know one?" Well, in the case of Dr. George Cybulski, Associate Professor Of Surgery at St. George's University, "It takes one to teach one." You see, Dr. Cybulski isn't your average neurosurgeon and medical school professor -- he also happens to hold his Steri
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The SPD Detective: Finding Clues in Chemical Labels - Part 1 | Expert Series On-The-Go
01/14/2023
The SPD Detective: Finding Clues in Chemical Labels - Part 1 | 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 SPD Detective: Finding Clues in Chemical Labels - Part 1". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: htt
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Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Why Sterile Processors Love Facebook
01/12/2023
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 CE-approved release of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch answers those questions and add some perspective of his own: "Ultimately, Sterile Processing Facebook groups ha
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Tiny Lives, Tiny Instruments: The Pediatric Perspective
01/09/2023
Tiny Lives, Tiny Instruments: The Pediatric Perspective
When tiny lives are in the operating room, the superhero partnership between sterile processing and pediatric surgery makes a truly lifelong difference. On this Season 19 episode of "The Surgeons We Serve," a season focused on spotlighting the intersection of surgeons & surgical instruments, we are
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Routine Monitoring: What Should I Know? | Expert Series On-The-Go
01/07/2023
Routine Monitoring: What Should I Know? | 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, "Routine Monitoring: What Should I Know?". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondcl
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CSPD's Untapped Potential: The Real Opportunities in Inventory & Vendor Management
01/06/2023
CSPD's Untapped Potential: The Real Opportunities in Inventory & Vendor Management
Listen in, then click here to take your Surgio test drive! https://www.surgio.com/offers/test-drive // Is it possible to have true alignment between Supply Chain & Sterile Processing around the challenges of vendor management & vendor inventory? What if you didn't have to build these bridges alone? 
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The Dangerously Dirty Secret of Sterile Processing Contract/Traveling
01/05/2023
The Dangerously Dirty Secret of Sterile Processing Contract/Traveling
On this CE-approved release 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, experience
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The Art & Science of Surgery: Confronting the Burden of Perfection
01/02/2023
The Art & Science of Surgery: Confronting the Burden of Perfection
What's going on in the minds of our surgeons when the patient rolls in, and they take hold of the scalpel for their first incision? If we better understand the burdens of life & death they bear with each procedure, will that help how our Sterile Processing teams can effectively serve them? On this
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No Cooking Cutter Approach - Part 2 | Expert Series On-The-Go
12/31/2022
No Cooking Cutter Approach - Part 2 | 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, "No Cooking Cutter Approach - Part 2". 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.
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When It's My Surgery: Fear, Trust, and Our Sterile Processing Moment
12/29/2022
When It's My Surgery: Fear, Trust, and Our Sterile Processing Moment
On this CE-approved release 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
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Surgery Starts Here: Communicating the Real Value of Sterile Processing
12/26/2022
Surgery Starts Here: Communicating the Real Value of Sterile Processing
How can your Sterile Processing department move a directionless group of people with ineffective processes and a shortage of reprocessed instruments to a team that collaborates and communicates with the Operating Room on a regular basis? What practices or tools are necessary to improve communication
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What's In Your Peel Pack? | Expert Series On-The-Go
12/24/2022
What's In Your Peel Pack? | 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's In Your Peel Pack?". 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/cleanf
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Sterilization Scare: 5 Lessons We Must Learn from Porter Adventist Hospital
12/22/2022
Sterilization Scare: 5 Lessons We Must Learn from Porter Adventist Hospital
On this CE-approved 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 an
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Marching to Zero: Leadership, Vision, and SPD Success
12/19/2022
Marching to Zero: Leadership, Vision, and SPD Success
How many unsterile trays are waiting for you every morning when you arrive in Sterile Processing? Do you feel like you’re always playing catch-up, but constantly falling further behind?  On this week's Beyond Clean special release, we're sharing an exclusive interview from the 2018 HPN SPD Departmen
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