Competency For All: Changing the Way We View Interdisciplinary Education
12/03/2021
Competency For All: Changing the Way We View Interdisciplinary Education
Understanding cross-contamination is fundamental to being successful Operating Room Nurses, Infection Prevention Practitioners, Surgical Techs, and Sterile Processing Professionals. On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with Barbara Ann Harmer, RN, VP of Clinical Services at Innovative Steri
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Specialization on Steroids: Creating & Paying for Real Expertise in Sterile Processing
12/02/2021
Specialization on Steroids: Creating & Paying for Real Expertise in Sterile Processing
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch considers an unconventional approach to staff competency -- "We put a premium on cross-training, while paying lip service (and low rates) for any type of true specialization in our field. Technicians who may be great at reading preference cards and p
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Season 8 Rewind:  Contaminated Implants with Dr. Aakash Agarwal
11/29/2021
Season 8 Rewind: Contaminated Implants with Dr. Aakash Agarwal
Does current surgical site infection data account for the reality of contaminated implants? What kind of research has been done around the safety of individually packaged sterile implants versus reprocessed implants? During this Season 8 Rewind of the Beyond Clean podcast, we sat down with Dr. Aakas
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Why Are Your Loaner Trays Late? | Expert Series On-The-Go
11/27/2021
Why Are Your Loaner Trays Late? | 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, "Why Are Your Loaner Trays Late?." 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/
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You Are Your Brother's Keeper: Why Minding Other People's Business in SPD Actually Is Your Job
11/25/2021
You Are Your Brother's Keeper: Why Minding Other People's Business in SPD Actually Is Your Job
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch reviews the touchy (but necessary) topic of peer accountability -- "The problem is that when we bring this general cultural concept of politeness into a specific context such as sterile processing, it can slowly pull individuals and teams down into t
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Who Owns What: Optimizing Your Shared Storage Spaces
11/22/2021
Who Owns What: Optimizing Your Shared Storage Spaces
It wouldn't really be Sterile Storage Wars if we didn't discuss the inter-department battles for space that so often happen in our hospitals. Who really owns the Sterile Core in your OR? Who gets to decide how your L&D instrument storage is organized? On this final episode of Season 14, we sit down
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The Special Talents of Enzymes | Expert Series On-The-Go
11/20/2021
The Special Talents of Enzymes | 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 Special Talents of Enzymes." 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/c
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No More Excuses: Late Loaner Tray Deliveries Should Be a Thing of the Past
11/18/2021
No More Excuses: Late Loaner Tray Deliveries Should Be a Thing of the Past
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch reviews the common excuses SPD gets from vendors and what should be done about it -- "Our roles as medical device reprocessors is to uphold standards and best practices to ensure adequate time is available and compliant processes are followed as it r
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At the Speed of Storage: Energizing Your Surgical Case Carts
11/15/2021
At the Speed of Storage: Energizing Your Surgical Case Carts
What has four wheels, no brakes, and saves lives? That's right, surgical case carts! These stainless steel superheroes are the unsung workhorses of the Sterile Processing department, and even though they only hold supplies for a short amount of time, they are a critical aspect of high functioning st
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Material Compatibility: When In Doubt Check the IFU | Expert Series On-The-Go
11/13/2021
Material Compatibility: When In Doubt Check the IFU | 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, "Material Compatibility: When In Doubt Check the IFU." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educ
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To the Rescue: A Mobile Sterile Processing Solution Designed with Continuity in Mind
11/12/2021
To the Rescue: A Mobile Sterile Processing Solution Designed with Continuity in Mind
Renovating a Sterile Processing department while effectively keeping up with surgical volumes is not an easy task- some may even call it impossible! On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with Mark Munroe, VP of Strategic Projects and Mobile Solutions, about the STERIS Mobile Sterile Processi
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The Sterile Processing Triangle of Truth: Getting to the Heart of Problems and People
11/11/2021
The Sterile Processing Triangle of Truth: Getting to the Heart of Problems and People
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch reviews the three angles of looking at a problem -- "The best way to describe the Triangle of Truth is that it acts as a filter to enable anyone from frontline technicians to department leaders and administrators to quickly pinpoint root causes for c
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Storage After Dark: Insights from the SPD Night Shift
11/08/2021
Storage After Dark: Insights from the SPD Night Shift
The hallways are quite(r). The phone calls are few(er). But the time is also short(er) to get everything in and out of sterile storage for those critical first cases which will be starting in just a few hours. Will your SPD & OR team be prepared? What are the unique challenges faced by our teams whe
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Vendors and Hospitals: Time for a Fresh Start | Expert Series On-The-Go
11/06/2021
Vendors and Hospitals: Time for a Fresh Start | 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, "Vendors and Hospitals: Time for a Fresh Start." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.be
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Clean You Can Count On: Applied Science in Everyday Surgical Instrument Cleaning
11/05/2021
Clean You Can Count On: Applied Science in Everyday Surgical Instrument Cleaning
When it comes to safe surgical devices, if you are not certain it’s clean, it doesn’t matter what you do next, and your surgical patients could be at risk. On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we speak with Debbie Armstrong and Dr. Augusto Sorrequieta,PhD. at Terragene, an innovative new company ab
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Keep the Change: Seven Steps to Hardwiring Your Sterile Processing Improvements
11/04/2021
Keep the Change: Seven Steps to Hardwiring Your Sterile Processing Improvements
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch reviews the seven key steps to making changes in Sterile Processing departments stick -- "We see something is not working and then we tell the people around us that we need to do it differently. This process is repeated again and again until we are s
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Right Where We Left It...Right?: Storage Organization for the Win
11/01/2021
Right Where We Left It...Right?: Storage Organization for the Win
You won't last very long in the Sterile Processing industry if you're not a "clean freak," but do you have to be a "neat freak" too? How important is it to stay organized when creating (and keeping) an excellent sterile storage area in your department? What are the keys to ensuring anyone on your te
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Ditch the Pipe Cleaners in the Decontamination Department | Expert Series On-The-Go
10/30/2021
Ditch the Pipe Cleaners in the Decontamination Department | 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, "Ditch the Pipe Cleaners in the Decontamination Department." 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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Storage Solutions on the Move: Bringing the Family-Owned Feel to Hospitals Nationwide
10/29/2021
Storage Solutions on the Move: Bringing the Family-Owned Feel to Hospitals Nationwide
Occasionally, you interact with a family-owned business with a dream to carry their product solutions from a regional level to a national level. On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with Brad Fitzpatrick, co-owner of Stat-Tech Surgical Supply Company, family-owned business, about their visi
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Competency Saves Lives: Why the Hard Work of SPD Competency Paperwork Can't be Ignored
10/28/2021
Competency Saves Lives: Why the Hard Work of SPD Competency Paperwork Can't be Ignored
In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch relates how documented competencies for Sterile Processing Technicians is a matter of life and death -- "Facilities and leaders who are willing to short-circuit employee competency checks are showing that they actually do not believe the work being d
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Center of Sterile Storage Excellence: Regulatory Compliance & SPD Storage
10/25/2021
Center of Sterile Storage Excellence: Regulatory Compliance & SPD Storage
Perhaps the Number ONE driving force for sterile storage upgrades in Sterile Processing departments is the issue of regulatory compliance. But just checking boxes so you don't get cited by the Joint Commission or DNV should NOT be the ultimate end goal (as important as those things are). On episode
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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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