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Even though their tools and equipment touch nearly every surgical patient in the world, how much do you really know about the people, processes, and products used in the Sterile Processing industry? Beyond Clean offers a creative look into the inner workings of a healthcare industry surrounded by challenges, disrupted by change, and committed to getting it right -- every instrument, every time. The team at Beyond Clean will bring on some of the biggest names in surgical instrument reprocessi ...
 
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More and more healthcare facilities around the globe are looking closer at, or upgrading their fleet of, UV technology. This LIVE broadcast will talk about how the science of "killer light" plays out in surface disinfection and how/if this technology has further application in the Operating Room and Sterile Processing environments. This is one of t…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank explains the importance of advocating for best products as well as best practices: "If your department has fallen in love with a lumen brush or rigid container system, share your story, tell your tale. Have you found the perfect sleeve for a laryngoscope blade? Inquiring minds want to know. As Sterile Pro…
 
Reprocessing flexible endoscopes is a challenging task that begs the question: is it finally time for a paradigm shift in endoscope reprocessing? Based on a ground-breaking research study regarding the dangers of contaminant exposure, reprocessing errors, and ineffective cleaning measures, infection control teams should consider the option to steri…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, we cover the critical importance of collaborating with Infection Control professionals to keep your patients safe and get your SPD departments what they need: While few folks would argue with the importance of high level infection control practices within Sterile Processing departments in the abstract, we stil…
 
There are things that people do well and things that machines do well. By combining those two, we get the optimal result of a collaboration between humans and machines. Parts of the average Sterile Processing Department already include some kind of automation. But what about all those other dangerous, boring, or overly complex tasks that Sterile Pr…
 
If you have been leading your team, you’re comfortable speaking in front of a group, and you have information to share that will help reshape the industry in small or large ways, then it may be time to take the next step into the world of public speaking and showcase your knowledge in a larger setting! Join Lindsay for this #GrowthSpurt on becoming…
 
In celebrating the upcoming National Surgical Technologists Week, frequent guest and IAHCSMM Education Director, Natalie Lind flips the script, and interviews our regular host, Jon Wood. We get to discover just what path Jon has taken to bring him to the Sterile Processing (SP) profession. He discusses the twists and turns that were encountered as …
 
It's Wednesday...but Friday is coming! Will your department be ready? On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, get some tips on ensuring your department is set to weather the weekend storm:"No matter how you spend your Fridays in SPD, do yourself and your team a favor and give them the tools they need to dominate the next two days. Your weekend warri…
 
Moment of truth here: Do you have any rusty instruments in your surgical trays? No, let's be honest. And if you have seen rusty instruments, what is stopping you from taking them out? On this episode of Fighting Dirty, Hank brings the skeleton out of the Sterile Processing closet and gives an argument for transparency that will better protect our p…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, get some inspiration and insight for how to host your own Sterile Processing olympics for your department: "There are few words that instill a greater sense of epic-ness in the hearts and minds of most people than the word "Olympics." Even if you're not the kind of person who records every second of Curling at…
 
On this week's episode, Bob talks about that inevitable day when surgical volumes increase due to elective surgeries coming back on the books. Bob shares practical ways that you can get your Sterile Processing department prepared to run smoothly and efficiently. Tune in now and make sure your SPD team is #ReadytoRock! Have a question for Bob? Email…
 
Process This, podcast #22 takes us on an in-depth and fascinating interview with Josephine Colacci, Director of Government Affairs for IAHCSMM. Jo describes her role in tracking legislation and regulation in all fifty states and at the federal level. She explains just how, in legislation, a bill becomes a law, who lobbyist are and their importance,…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for an honest conversations regarding Sterile Processing leaders and the vendors who support us: "Every product or service we purchase has to be justified in some way. Whether it's just a justification to ourselves for why we preferred widget A over widget B, or a budget justification to the CFO of why…
 
We can control what we say and how we say it but, as it turns out, our audience will pay more attention to the "how" than the "what". This is the second episode in a series on communication and public speaking. Join Lindsay Brown for this #growthspurt focused on the important role of non-verbal communication. Have a question or comment for Linds? E…
 
When you hear the word "research" what comes to mind? Cure for cancer? New sources of renewable energy? How about better ways of decontaminating surgical instrumentation or data-driven programs for educating new technicians so that they not only enjoy the job but stay in the industry for decades? On this episode of the Beyond Clean Podcast, we sit …
 
Is that presentation CE approved? How many continuing education credits is it worth? Why on earth are these the first questions for so many of us in the Sterile Processing industry when confronted with education options? If all the potential industry education in the world were poured into the ocean, the portion that was CE-approved would fill up a…
 
Why does it matter that patients in the OR waiting room know the name "Sterile Processing" and have an idea of how our teams contribute to their safe surgery? How can our industry tell our story in a way that opens the public's eyes to the invaluable role we play in healthcare? On this episode of the Beyond Clean podcast, we sit down with the direc…
 
In Process This, podcast #21, Jon’s featured guest is Julie Williamson, IAHCSMM Director of Publications and Communications Director discussing what it takes to create, develop and produce IAHCSMM’s PROCESS magazine, her history with IAHCSMM and Sterile Processing. She further talks about IAHCSMM’s contributions to other publications and what it ta…
 
On this week's episode, Bob touches on the valuable improvements that can be made to instrument sets in a proactive manner rather than a reactive one and stresses the importance of #InstrumentQuality for every department in the hospital. Have a question for Bob? Email him at: Bob@beyondclean.net #RealTalk #BobMarrs #BeyondClean #WeFightDirty™…
 
Scientists, engineers, and manufacturers across the globe are racing to find answers to the challenges facing endoscope reprocessing in the 21st century. But are there differences in how these issues are being addressed depending on which country is making the standards? How have various infectious outbreaks impacted these discussions in Europe & t…
 
In a perfect world, vendors and manufacturers would consult with both Sterile Processing and Operating Room professionals as they build their products. This would ensure that any products put in place would help solve the chaotic nature of these departments rather than add to it. What if you were to learn that there is a solution that has taken thi…
 
By nature of working in healthcare, experiencing a crisis in some form is inevitable. When you're called to lead, there are a few things to consider. Join Lindsay for today's #GrowthSpurt to learn about ways you can communicate through times of crisis and exemplify true leadership. Have a question or comment for Linds? Email her at: Lindsay@beyondc…
 
Few topics are as debated in Sterile Processing circles today as the topic of "event related sterility" and packaging shelf life. If packaging has a shelf life listed in the IFU, do you have to follow it -- or can hospitals decide to do their own thing? Does an extended period of storage constitute an "event"? How do manufacturers determine shelf l…
 
Process This Episode #20, Make SPD Bully Free, features an interview with Natalie Lind, IAHCSMM Education Director, speaking about the most requested program topic; bullying in the Sterile Processing workplace. Bullying is stressful on multiple levels and can even have an impact on patient healthcare. Natalie also covers what steps to take if bully…
 
There are three different instructions for use that need to be considered when preparing a medical device for sterilization: the sterilizer, the medical device itself, and the packaging system. The FDA requires that medical devices be tested in just one type of packaging system and on this week’s release of the Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight Series,…
 
How do you respond to hospital administrators or surgical leaders who brush aside your Sterile Processing requests or recommendations because your facility has "low surgical site infection (SSI) rates"? Is this a helpful measurement when department leaders are still voicing equipment, staffing, and other resource concerns? In this episode of Fighti…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for leadership insights on handling annual reviews in your Sterile Processing department: "As with everything else you do as a leader, you are always teaching with your actions. You are either teaching your team that you believe in them and want them to succeed, or you are teaching them that their succ…
 
Sterile Processing technicians have been on the frontlines of the fight against viruses long before anyone ever heard of COVID-19. In fact, there are many types of dangerous viruses that our teams can and do encounter on a daily basis, and our departments have to be prepared to kill them all. On this Season 9 episode of the Beyond Clean podcast, we…
 
When someone asks if storage is an issue for your Sterile Processing department, what is your first response…to roll your eyes perhaps? But what if looking up…is the ticket? Let’s face it, the need for space in Sterile Processing is an issue for many healthcare facilities and the implications of not having enough storage to keep up with the demand …
 
On this week's episode, Bob discusses Sterile Processing professionals' impact on infections. Bob hops on his favorite soapbox to discuss how important it is that Sterile Processing departments have the resources they need and gives a call to action to start a #SterileProcessingRevolution. Have a question for Bob? Email him at: Bob@beyondclean.net …
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for a game plan for excelling as an SPD Traveler AND a department who hires them: "When a new traveler arrives to begin a contract at your facility, don't forget these folks are not robots. They may be highly trained and highly experienced technicians, but they are still human beings. Their onboarding …
 
On this episode of the Beyond Clean podcast, we dust off that library in your manager's office to take a look at a one particular document you may have never cracked open before - ANSI/AAMI ST58:2013 (Chemical Sterilization and High-Level Disinfection in Health Care Facilities). To help us with this little exploration into the pages of recommended …
 
Did you know that you don't have to be a "speaker" to present valuable information? Join Lindsay for today's #GrowthSpurt to learn about simple ways you can communicate process improvements and department successes without having to speak in front of an audience. Have a question or comment for Linds? Email her at: Lindsay@beyondclean.net #GrowthSpu…
 
In this episode Jon meets IAHCSMM’s President-Elect, Tanya Lewis. Tanya shares with us her history in sterile processing (SP), stepping into management of SP and how that lead into further leadership roles as well as becoming an Executive Board member of IAHCSMM. She also shares her passion for the industry, her excitement for the future of IAHCSMM…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in to learn about what a "triple-threat" Sterile Processing leader looks like and how to develop these important skills for your future: "Some of the best front-line technicians I've ever known excelled because they knew how important relationships were to doing their jobs well. Some of the best superviso…
 
One may be the "loneliest number" in the lyrics of the classic rock band Three Dog Night, but zero is the number Sterile Processing professionals love to see in their departments. In particular, zero is the ultimate goal for teams seeking to reduce their hospital's Immediate Use Steam Sterilization (IUSS) rate. On this episode of Season 9 of the Be…
 
How many of you have ever read a brushing IFU for one of your instruments and wondered to yourself, "Who spends 60 seconds actually doing nothing by brushing the distal tip of this device?" Out of all the steps that could be skipped or short-circuited during manual cleaning, brushing is the most likely offender. We see it on a regular basis during …
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for ideas on how to win over your surgeons to become advocates for your Sterile Processing team: "There are few better ways to set off a stressed out surgeon than to consistently fail him or her in the area of surgical instrumentation. Whether it's a set that's unsterile for her first case, a scope tha…
 
All for one and one for all isn't just a slogan for the growing number of centralized reprocessing centers in the United States. More and more Sterile Processing leaders and technicians are experiencing the pressures of growing surgical volume, limited space, and health systems looking for more standardization. On this premiere episode of Season 9 …
 
On this week's episode, Bob dives into the topic of finding answers (right or wrong) through social media groups. What are the critical things to consider when crowdsourcing information that you need to do your job? Tune in for more clinical education and training around #SterileProcessingSocialMedia. Have a question for Bob? Email him at: Bob@beyo…
 
Episode 18 of our Process This podcast, is everything about Water. Our featured guest, Brian Flannigan reviews how often should we test our water quality, where we should find those sources of water and examine their distributions as well. He also addresses what to do about the potential problems found after the water testing results. Furthermore, …
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for encouragement about knocking your next accreditation survey out of the park: "Every Sterile Processing department has a story. As a Sterile Processing leader it's up to you to teach this story to your technicians (both new and old). What are your particular department challenges and how are you ove…
 
Laughter is the best medicine and brings with it a host of business benefits that can benefit your staff and your department. Join Lindsay for today's #GrowthSpurt to learn about simple ways you can ease the stress that comes with performing critical, life-saving tasks in Sterile Processing. Have a question or comment for Linds? Email her at: Linds…
 
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