02/24/2020
Are Screw Caddies Safe? Taking a Closer Look at Reprocessing Surgical Implants-Terry McAuley
It's the end of your shift, you've inspected and prepared what felt like thousands of tiny screws in an orthopedic tray. You grab the caddy, stand up, catch your foot on the anti-fatigue mat and the moment every tech dreads happens to you- the screw caddy falls and the screws are sent flying across
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02/17/2020
When Tools and Training Are Out of Reach: Sterile Processing Education Charitable Trust-Christina Fast
In 2011, Christina Fast, an internationally certified Sterile Processing Educator, volunteered on the Africa Mercy—the world’s largest floating hospital. While docked in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Christina visited the sterile processing department of a local healthcare facility where she witnessed hea
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02/10/2020
Dangers on the Orient(ation) Express: Getting On-boarding Right with Competency Based Programs-William Bryant
If you’ve ever been a new hire in the sterile processing department, this week’s Beyond Clean podcast interview may bring back some, we’ll just say interesting, memories. We’re talking about the onboarding process and setting sterile processing professionals up for success from day one. Our guest, W
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02/03/2020
Every Second Matters: Frontline Insights and Perspectives from a 2nd Shift SPD Leader-Sarah B. Cruz
Two words: Shift wars. Each shift in a hospital department is riddled with interpersonal dynamics but the interplay between shifts is a topic we are finally shining a well-deserved light on. It's something that is a reality for many healthcare professionals and on this week's episode of Beyond Clean
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01/27/2020
On Board for Improvement: Building Teams and Trust for a New Sterile Processing Leader - Aimee Kellogg
You wake up this morning, grab your cup of coffee and head into work. You get there to greet a new department- one that you have very little familiarity with- the Sterile Processing Department. You have a couple of days to observe the state of affairs and then congratulations the department is yours
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01/20/2020
Air Traffic Control: The Complex World of Temperature, Humidity and Airflow in Surgical Services - David Schurk
As healthcare professionals, we go to great lengths to make sure that our Operating Rooms are safe and that the sterility of medical devices is maintained to prevent harm to patients. What if, after all that effort, the culprit for spreading illness is actually your HVAC system? A potential breeding
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01/13/2020
What Happened in Vegas: A Story About the Heart of Sterile Processing in the Midst of Tragedy-Dwayne Taylor
On October 1, 2017 a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers on Route 91 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 10 minutes later the deadliest mass shooting in US history had transpired within the blink of an eye. Little did this week's podcast guest know that the training he pursued in the military and surgic
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01/10/2020
Thinking Inside the Box: New FDA Claims on Multiple Tray Sterilization Technology
It stands a little over five feet tall, increases sterilization efficiencies and saves time and money. Yes, it could be your new best friend- it’s the SteriCUBE and on this week’s release of the Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight series, we talk to Michele Mauzerall, CEO and Managing Partner at PMBS, LLC
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01/06/2020
A Winning Plan: Making Process Improvement Possible - Marjorie Wall
When a problem strikes in Sterile Processing or the Operating Room that puts a patient at risk, the knee jerk reaction is to what? To fire the person responsible. In this first episode of Season 7 we talk with a mathematics major on a full scholarship-turned-Sterile Processing leader about the cultu
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12/30/2019
ISO Certification for SPD Departments & AAMI/ASTM Updates: Ralph Basile
Regulators want it, healthcare facilities want it, medical device manufacturers want it...what if surgical instrument validation was actually geared toward a specific standard protocol? This re-released Season 1 episode features one of the biggest names in sterile processing, Ralph Basile, who talks
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12/23/2019
Third Party Instrument Repair: AMDSO & "The Right to Repair" Debate
Surgical instrument repair questions are such an important part of everything that we do as sterile processing professionals. David Anbari joins us to talk about preventative maintenance, accessibility and the mobile aspect of third party repair services. Who are the people repairing instrumentation
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12/20/2019
Smart Data: The Key to Effective Change Management in the Operating Room
Picture this: your hospital has access to a magic button that would reduce SPD volume by up to 100 trays per week and reduce tray sizes by over 35%. Sound too good to be true? On this release of the Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight series, we talk to David Rowe and Dr. Martyn Knowles from Operative Flo
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12/16/2019
OR/SPD Collaboration and the 2018 OR Today Live Conference
Surgical Services is a production-based system that relies heavily on the work done in Sterile Processing. This re-released Season 1 episode features David Taylor, President of the Resolute Advisory Group, LLC.  David’s particular area of specialty lies in the operational improvement of Surgical Ser
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12/09/2019
Business Training for SPD Leaders and Thermometric Validation
How do you and your department put yourselves on the map in your hospital, especially if you don't come from a business administration background? This week's Beyond Clean re-release features René Vis, Product Manager at Steelco Benelux B.V. who begins by talking about business training for sterile
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12/02/2019
Medical Device Instructions for Use: Shawn Flynn
This week's throwback episode of Beyond Clean gives listeners a look inside the process of gaining 510k approval and building a quality system that includes a risk analysis component. While there can be great pressure to cut corners in sterile processing in order to meet demand, Shawn Flynn , Consul
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11/25/2019
Partnering with Infection Control: Michael Matthews
On this inaugural episode of Beyond Clean from 2017, we interviewed Michael Matthews, who was then the Manager of Central Sterile at Baptist Health in Arkansas.  Mike was a rising star in the Sterile Processing industry, who had taken a particular interest in regards to compensation and education re
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11/18/2019
The Human Connection: Networking and Success in Sterile Processing
As sterile processing professionals, we crave challenging and meaningful work- why else would we be doing this? We want to learn, grow and contribute to our departments and healthcare facilities and connecting with other professionals plays a critical role in being able to do just that! In this epis
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11/11/2019
The Numbers and Why They Matter: Exposing the Invisible Surgical Crisis
If someone were to tell you that all of the activity involved in instrument reprocessing, preparation for a case, case setup and case breakdown was driven by a large percentage of waste, what would you say? More importantly, what would you do about it? Leveraging data in healthcare is one of the mos
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11/08/2019
Confident Compliance: Infection Prevention in Ultrasound Probe Reprocessing
In healthcare, one of the best ways to be compliant is to be confidently compliant. Compliance with The Joint Commission's standards on infection control can be difficult to navigate and in this release of the Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight series, we talk to Eric Einwalter, Sr. Product Manager, High
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11/04/2019
Check Your Blind Spot: Ultrasound Probe Reprocessing in Modern Healthcare
Ultrasound probes are used in almost every department in healthcare today and reprocessing breeches have led to safety alerts issued by The Joint Commission in recent years. This week we sit down with Emily Smith, Clinical Marketing Specialist with CIVCO Medical Solutions, to discuss tangible soluti
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10/28/2019
Running Out of Runway: Building a Case for a Paradigm Shift in Endoscope Reprocessing
What if the one thing standing between an endoscope and a safe outcome is the acknowledgement that antibiotics have been involved in one of the deadliest cover-ups on earth? It’s no secret that flexible endoscopes pose a safety risk. In fact, mishandled flexible endoscopes have been identified in EC
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10/21/2019
The Safe Surgery Initiative: Providing Safe Instruments for Life-Saving Surgeries Around the World- Keith Miles
On the coast of Africa, standing on the deck of a Mercy Ship hospital, one individual looked out on the horizon as thousands of people lined up to receive medical care. It was a transformative moment; A moment that would be the genesis for the creation of the Safe Surgery Initiative (SSI). This week
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10/14/2019
Coloring in the Lines: Reasons and Risks of Medical Device Colorants - Thor Rollins
In Sterile Processing departments surrounded on all sides by stainless steel, color tends to jump out at us. Whether it's a green handle on an insertion device, a red knee trial, or purple implant plating system, it's not uncommon to see little splashes of color in a number of different instrument t
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10/07/2019
The Team that Data Built: Predictive Staffing in Sterile Processing - Brian Reed
With the medical device world around us changing on a daily basis, why shouldn't we expect our Sterile Processing staffing technologies to change with it? On Episode 2, Season 6 of Beyond Clean, we talk with Brian Reed about predictive staffing in CS/SPD and discuss how data can be leveraged to make
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