Process This Episode 37: The Challenges of Loaned Instrumentation
04/15/2021
Process This Episode 37: The Challenges of Loaned Instrumentation
In Episode 37, our featured guest, Tami Heacock, covers the challenges of education and communication in the coordination and reprocessing of loaned instruments. Tami explains the loaned instrument processes, timing, and tracking—and addresses what “ready to process” means and who is ultimately acco
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Process This Episode 36: More Than Just a Job—Your Sterile Processing Career
03/29/2021
Process This Episode 36: More Than Just a Job—Your Sterile Processing Career
In Episode 36, featured guest Sarah B. Cruz, CSPDT, CRCST, Quality Education Program Development Coordinator, Central Sterile, talks about career mentality and professional development in Sterile Processing. This includes pivoting in your soft skill development and dispelling the expectation that p
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Process This Episode 35: COVID-19 Vaccines  Fact & Fiction
03/15/2021
Process This Episode 35: COVID-19 Vaccines Fact & Fiction
In Episode 35, featured guest Jill Holdsworth, Manager of Infection Prevention at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta, Ga., helps separate fact from fiction regarding COVID-19 vaccines. During the discussion, she addresses the question of whether the non-patient-facing Sterile Processing
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Process This Episode 34: The Q&As of QMS
03/01/2021
Process This Episode 34: The Q&As of QMS
In episode 34, featured guest Damien Berg has all the answers regarding quality management systems (QMS) and their valuable place in the Sterile Processing (SP) environment. Berg provides an overview of the key elements of QMS, explains how QMS creation and implementation benefits an SP department,
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Process This Episode 33: Human Resources: Tips, Benefits  & Resolution
02/15/2021
Process This Episode 33: Human Resources: Tips, Benefits & Resolution
In episode 33, featured guest April Ulrich discusses Human Resources (HR) and its impact on the Sterile Processing professional. She addresses key aspects and benefits of HR and the discipline’s important role for a healthcare organization. She also shares useful tips for successfully applying for
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Process This Episode 32: The Challenges of AORN Guideline Development
02/01/2021
Process This Episode 32: The Challenges of AORN Guideline Development
In episode 32, featured guest Erin Kyle discusses the intricate, evidence-based process of developing guidelines for AORN. She also explains the differences between AAMI standards and AORN Guidelines as well as the importance of aligning the content within both documents. She elaborates on the chal
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Process This Episode 31: Validation and Verification
01/15/2021
Process This Episode 31: Validation and Verification
In episode 31, our featured guest, Alpa Patel, BS, RM discusses the months-long processes of validation and verification on a variety of equipment – as well as the types of devices that her organization reviews addresses  She walks us through the testing procedures from IFU evaluation to a simulated
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Process This Episode 30: 2020, A Year in Review, Part 2
01/01/2021
Process This Episode 30: 2020, A Year in Review, Part 2
Episode 30 continues our recap of 2020, with an in-depth interview with IAHCSMM President Brian Reynolds who speaks about the impact of the pandemic, how Sterile Processing moved through the trying times, and how the profession has really stepped up in some big and, perhaps, unexpected ways. He also
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Process This Episode 29: 2020, A Year in Review, Part 1
12/15/2020
Process This Episode 29: 2020, A Year in Review, Part 1
Episode 29 finds our host Jon Wood taking a look back at 2020: the highs and the lows, challenges and change in our podcasts, and our lives. He provides quick critiques of each of the Process This episodes that were broadcasted this past year – and their relevance and connection to what was happenin
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Process This Episode 28: Shifting the Decontamination Stigma
12/01/2020
Process This Episode 28: Shifting the Decontamination Stigma
In episode 28, we explore the challenges and common negative perception of the Sterile Processing decontamination area. Our featured guest, Megan Pietura, explains how teamwork, interdepartmental partnerships and peer-to-peer recognition can be used to champion the cause of altering the Decontam sti
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Process This Episode 27: Power of Proactive and Comprehensive Instrument Maintenance Programs
11/15/2020
Process This Episode 27: Power of Proactive and Comprehensive Instrument Maintenance Programs
Episode 27 explores the benefits of comprehensive preventative maintenance and routine care programs for instrument sets. Our guests Kevin McLaughlin and Randy Stanton from Northfield Medical discuss why it’s essential to adopt a proactive rather than reactive approach to instrument maintenance, whi
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Process This Episode 26: Chemical Disinfection Challenges and Choices, Part 2
11/01/2020
Process This Episode 26: Chemical Disinfection Challenges and Choices, Part 2
This episode continues our conversation with guest speaker Peggy Spitzer of Certol International. She discusses chemical disinfection and its role in infection control and prevention, while emphasizing the challenges of “human factors” that impact the effectiveness of chemical disinfection (such as
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Process This Episode 25: Chemical Disinfection Challenges and Choices, Part 1
10/15/2020
Process This Episode 25: Chemical Disinfection Challenges and Choices, Part 1
This special edition podcast not only has us celebrating Sterile Processing (SP) Week, but also the one-year anniversary of our Process This podcast series. Guest speaker Peggy Spitzer joins us from Certol International to discuss all aspects of chemical disinfection and its role in infection contro
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Process This Episode 24: The ins and outs of IFU
10/01/2020
Process This Episode 24: The ins and outs of IFU
In this episode of Process This we are joined by Lisa McKown (formerly Wakeman), research and development manager for Beyond Clean, to discuss medical device instructions for use (IFU) and their critical importance for Sterile Processing. Key focus areas include instrument complexity and lack of IFU
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Process This Episode 23: Why We Should Celebrate Surgical Technologists
09/15/2020
Process This Episode 23: Why We Should Celebrate Surgical Technologists
To help celebrate National Surgical Technologists Week, featured guest and IAHCSMM Education Director Natalie Lind flips the script and interviews our regular host, Jon Wood. This conversation gives us insight into the professional path Wood took to bring him to the Sterile Processing (SP) professio
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Process This Episode 22: Certification Legislation and Regulation Overview
09/01/2020
Process This Episode 22: Certification Legislation and Regulation Overview
Join us for an in-depth interview with Josephine Colacci, IAHCSMM’s Director of Government Affairs, as she describes her role in drafting and tracking Central Service certification legislation and regulations at the state level. She also explains how a bill becomes a law, the importance of lobbyists
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Process This Episode 21: It’s All about the PROCESS (Magazine)
08/15/2020
Process This Episode 21: It’s All about the PROCESS (Magazine)
Listen in to hear featured guest Julie Williamson, IAHCSMM’s Director of Communications and Editor, share what it takes to create, develop and produce IAHCSMM’s PROCESS magazine – and how those in the Sterile Processing community can author and submit articles for publishing consideration. She also
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Process This Episode 20: Making the SPD Bully Free
08/01/2020
Process This Episode 20: Making the SPD Bully Free
This episode features an interview with Natalie Lind, IAHCSMM’s Director of Education, who tackles one of the most requested program topics: bullying in the Sterile Processing workplace and its impact of patient care and employee satisfaction. Lind also shares steps to take if bullying happens (eith
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Process This Episode 19: Getting to Know IAHCSMM’s President-Elect, Tanya Lewis
07/14/2020
Process This Episode 19: Getting to Know IAHCSMM’s President-Elect, Tanya Lewis
In this episode, you’ll meet IAHCSMM’s President-Elect, Tanya Lewis. She shares with us her history in Sterile Processing (SP), her experience in stepping into SP management and how that led to additional leadership roles, and her journey to becoming a member of IAHCSMM’s Board of Directors. She als
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Process This Episode 18: The Ebb and Flow of Water Quality
06/30/2020
Process This Episode 18: The Ebb and Flow of Water Quality
This Process This episode is all about water. Our featured guest, Brian Flannigan, reviews how often should we test our water, where we should find those water sources, and what we should do about potential problems discovered through water testing results. He also educates us on the differences bet
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Process This Episode 17: Utilizing Mentors in Sterile Processing
06/14/2020
Process This Episode 17: Utilizing Mentors in Sterile Processing
This Process This episode features guest speaker Patricia Taylor, Clinical Supervisor of Sterile Processing (SP), and IAHCSMM Board Member. Taylor discusses the importance of mentoring, igniting passion for the industry, knowledge sharing between younger and older generations, and how that all comes
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Process This Episode 16: Meet IAHCSMM’s New President, Brian Reynolds!
05/31/2020
Process This Episode 16: Meet IAHCSMM’s New President, Brian Reynolds!
This episode of Process This introduces you to IAHCSMM’s new President, Brian Reynolds. He shares his Sterile Processing path -- from SP technician to departmental and IAHCSMM leadership -- as well as his passion for the profession and what he plans to do for the future growth of the Association. Th
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Process This Episode 15: Elevating Your Game with IAHCSMM Fellowship
05/14/2020
Process This Episode 15: Elevating Your Game with IAHCSMM Fellowship
This latest episode of Process This features guest speakers Julie Williamson, IAHCSMM’s Director of Communications and Editor, Natalie Lind, IAHCSMM’s Director of Education, who discuss what it takes to be an IAHCSMM Fellow in Sterile Processing and explain how becoming a Fellow would benefit your c
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Process This Episode 14: Exploring AAMI Standards
05/01/2020
Process This Episode 14: Exploring AAMI Standards
In this episode of Process This, IAHCSMM Clinical Educator Susan Klacik joins us to talk about AAMI and her representation of the Sterile Processing community in the standards writing process. She also breaks down and addresses the detailed inner workings of those standards and their relationship to
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