Process This! Episode 86: The Science Behind Cleaning in Sterile Processing
05/31/2023
Process This! Episode 86: The Science Behind Cleaning in Sterile Processing
In episode 86, host Jon Wood speaks with Case Medical Clinical Manager Dewey Barker about the important science behind cleaning in Sterile Processing. Barker explores soil, bioburden and invisible microbial contaminants when relating to their removal from instrument surfaces, without harming devices
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Process This! Episode 85: Single-Use Versus Reusable Endoscopes
05/15/2023
Process This! Episode 85: Single-Use Versus Reusable Endoscopes
In episode 85, our host speaks with AORN’s Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist, Amber Wood, about the pros and cons of single-use and reusable endoscopes. The scopes’ safety margins are discussed, along with FDA requirements and the latest safety reports and alerts. Decision-making support team
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Process This! Episode 84:   9th Edition Technical Manual Updates
05/01/2023
Process This! Episode 84: 9th Edition Technical Manual Updates
In episode 84, host and clinical educator Jon Wood speaks with HSPA Director of Education Natalie Lind about the newly updated ninth edition HSPA Sterile Processing Technical Manual. Lind discusses what led to the textbook revision and explains how standards, Sterile Processing-related questions fro
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Process This! Episode 83:   Keeping Cool With Decontamination PPE
04/17/2023
Process This! Episode 83: Keeping Cool With Decontamination PPE
In episode 83, host and clinical educator Jon Wood speaks with the Sterile Processing team from Lebanon VA Medical Center about their unique and creative methods for maintaining comfortable decontamination PPE. Wood also explores the costs and safety aspects of this “cool solution” with SP Chief Ric
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Process This! Episode 82:   Instrument Design and the Frustration of Conflicting IFUs
03/31/2023
Process This! Episode 82: Instrument Design and the Frustration of Conflicting IFUs
In episode 82, host and clinical educator Jon Wood speaks with America's MedSource Inc.'s President and Owner, James Schneiter, about the benefits of instrument design and redesign for the benefit of patient care. He also addresses confusing and conflicting instructions for use (IFU) and the frustra
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Process This! Episode 81:  Sterile Processing From A Surgeon’s Perspective
03/14/2023
Process This! Episode 81: Sterile Processing From A Surgeon’s Perspective
In episode 81, host Jon Wood speaks with surgeon Dr. M. Gerard-Paul Slobogean about the critical relationship between orthopedic trauma surgery and Sterile Processing. Specifically, Slobogean addresses how interruptions and delays resulting from improperly prepared instrument trays or contaminated i
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Process This! Episode 80:  The Sterile Processing Connection with AORN
03/01/2023
Process This! Episode 80: The Sterile Processing Connection with AORN
In episode 80, host Jon Wood speaks with AORN Journal's clinical editor and guest, Susan Ober, about her responsibilities with the publication and how a CRCST designation broadens her knowledge base. Ober also discusses how she incorporates her knowledge of sterile processing in her ever-challenging
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Process This! Episode 79:  Medical Device Servicing Community
02/15/2023
Process This! Episode 79: Medical Device Servicing Community
In episode 79, host Jon Wood speaks with guests Samantha Jacques and Chris Nowak to discuss the medical device servicing community (MDSC), including what it entails and how patient safety is the MDSC’s top priority, just as it is for those in Sterile Processing (SP). Jacques and Nowak also address S
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Process This! Episode 78:  A Random Look at IFU: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
01/03/2023
Process This! Episode 78: A Random Look at IFU: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
In episode 78, host Jon Wood reviews a random selection of instructions for use (IFU) and discusses some of the challenges and solutions to making IFU less confusing and more readily understood.Earn CE Now
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Process This! Episode 77:  Errors, Problems & Solutions in Sterile Processing
12/14/2022
Process This! Episode 77: Errors, Problems & Solutions in Sterile Processing
In episode 77, host Jon Wood reviews articles dealing with common errors in surgical instrument reprocessing including productivity management, consolidating sterilization responsibilities, and following manufacturers processing recommendations. Wood also covers effective resource management, pretre
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Process This! Episode 76:  Communication Skills & Sterile Processing
11/30/2022
Process This! Episode 76: Communication Skills & Sterile Processing
In episode 76, host Jon Wood discusses what constitutes effective and ineffective communication and explores ways Sterile Processing professionals can improve on those skills. Additionally, he explores the impact of communication on decision-making, scheduling, interdepartmental and interdisciplinar
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Process This! Episode 75:  The Hows and Whys of AAMI Standards & AORN Guidelines For Flexible Endoscopes
11/14/2022
Process This! Episode 75: The Hows and Whys of AAMI Standards & AORN Guidelines For Flexible Endoscopes
In episode 75, our guest, Amber Wood, and host Jon Wood discuss the differences between AORN and AAMI recommendations. Amber explores the benefits of AORN's systematic approach to guideline development, including database research and the lengthy process and detailed experts needed to review and upd
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Process This! Episode 74:  Emergency Preparedness in Sterile Processing
11/01/2022
Process This! Episode 74: Emergency Preparedness in Sterile Processing
In episode 74, HSPA clinical educator and host Jon Wood discusses disaster preparedness and the importance of a well-rehearsed, coordinated response to an unexpected incident—and its importance to the heath and security of our communities. Wood also shares his thoughts on a recent television series
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Process This! Episode 73:  Kerrison Rongeurs: Types, Cleaning, Inspection & Testing
10/16/2022
Process This! Episode 73: Kerrison Rongeurs: Types, Cleaning, Inspection & Testing
In episode 73, HSPA clinical educator and host Jon Wood reviews the cover story, “Kerrison Rongeurs: Different Types, How They Are Used & How to Clean, Inspect & Test,” from the September/October 2022 issue of PROCESS. He also addresses the challenges associated with cleaning Kerrison rongeurs such
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Process This! Episode 72:  The Q’s and A’s on Peel Packages & an AJIC Article Review
10/02/2022
Process This! Episode 72: The Q’s and A’s on Peel Packages & an AJIC Article Review
In episode 72, HSPA clinical educator and host Jon Wood brings back one of his favorite segments, What's On My Mind where Wood answers often asked questions regarding peel packages. Also in this podcast is a review of AJIC article regarding COVID-related experiences with methylene blue. Earn a certi
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Process This! Episode 71: Tools for Continuous Quality Improvement in Sterile Processing
09/15/2022
Process This! Episode 71: Tools for Continuous Quality Improvement in Sterile Processing
In episode 71, HSPA clinical educator and host Jon Wood spotlights the Fellowship paper written by Ebow Holbrook-Smith, which addresses the role of education and standard work in creating sustainable quality. The standardization process and its benefits to organizations (enhanced safety, compatibili
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Process This! Episode 70: Developing an In-House Instrument Repair Facility
09/01/2022
Process This! Episode 70: Developing an In-House Instrument Repair Facility
In episode 70, host and HSPA clinical educator Jon Wood reviews the Fellowship research paper authored by Tony Thurmond. The paper covers what was involved in the facility’s development of an in-house instrument repair department, the pros and cons of using original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to
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Process This! Episode 69: Centralizing High-Level Disinfection Activities
08/15/2022
Process This! Episode 69: Centralizing High-Level Disinfection Activities
In episode 69, host and HSPA clinical educator Jon Wood reviews the Fellowship paper written by Brenda (Jan) Prudent. The paper follows a regional trauma hospital's journey of centralizing the SPD’s broken high-level disinfection process just one month before a Joint Commission regulatory audit. Ste
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Process This! Episode 68: What to do About Explanted Medical Devices
08/01/2022
Process This! Episode 68: What to do About Explanted Medical Devices
In episode 68, HSPA clinical educator and host Jon Wood talks about all things explants. Wood explains the complications involved when handling explanted medical devices as well as who should be part of the interdisciplinary team to determine the proper procedures. Since guidelines are rare and vagu
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Process This! Episode 67: The Hows and Whys of Leadership in Sterile Processing
07/15/2022
Process This! Episode 67: The Hows and Whys of Leadership in Sterile Processing
In episode 67, HSPA clinical educator and host Jon Wood explores leadership topics in Sterile Processing. He encourages SP professionals’ to gain a better understanding of how and why leaders make certain decisions—and also how those decisions benefit the department. Additionally, Wood reviews leade
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Process This! Episode 66: Further Sterile Processing Issues in Mainstream Media
07/01/2022
Process This! Episode 66: Further Sterile Processing Issues in Mainstream Media
In episode 66, host and HSPA clinical educator Jon Wood continues his discussion of SP-related news stories that have made it into the mainstream media and the powerful ways SP professionals can learn from these issues. Two key topics include improperly cleaned, missing or incomplete instrument sets
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Process This! Episode 65: Issues in Sterile Processing That Have Gone Public
06/15/2022
Process This! Episode 65: Issues in Sterile Processing That Have Gone Public
In episode 65, host and HSPA clinical educator Jon Wood discusses mainstream media, news stories related to Sterile Processing (SP), and the powerful ways SP professionals can learn from these issues. Two key topics addressed by Wood include water quality issues and the risks of electrothermal inju
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Process This! Episode 64: Instructions for Use in Sterile Processing and Bass Boats
06/01/2022
Process This! Episode 64: Instructions for Use in Sterile Processing and Bass Boats
In episode 64, host and HSPA clinical educator Jon Wood cleverly compares and contrasts instructions for use (IFU) for sterile processing and bass boats and discusses how key information allows products to be used properly and as intended. He also stresses the importance of creating a process and pr
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Process This! Episode 63: Stepping Stones Into Sterile Processing
05/16/2022
Process This! Episode 63: Stepping Stones Into Sterile Processing
In episode 63, guests Sarah Cruz and Casey Czarnowski discuss entry-level pathways for a career in Sterile Processing (SP). The two will define “entry-level” and address preconceived notions or negative connotations associated with entry-level positions, as well as some of the expectations and caree
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