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Articles On-The-Go: Want to Recognize Sterile Processing Technicians? Pay Them What They're Worth

Beyond Clean Podcast

Release Date: 04/07/2020

Fighting Dirty:  Don't Rush the Brush - Patients Deserve Every Second of Safety show art Fighting Dirty: Don't Rush the Brush - Patients Deserve Every Second of Safety

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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 onsite assessments, and if you have spent any time in an Endo or SPD department, you have likely seen non-compliant brushing as well...

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Articles On-The-Go:  Winning the OR Culture Wars - Sterile Processing & Surgeons… How You Can Spread the Love show art Articles On-The-Go: Winning the OR Culture Wars - Sterile Processing & Surgeons… How You Can Spread the Love

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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 that is cloudy for the umpteenth time, or an untimely delay in delivering the additional needle holders he needs to replace the ones that aren't locking properly -- understandable frustration is sure to follow.

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All Together Now: Sterile Processing Centralization show art All Together Now: Sterile Processing Centralization

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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 of Beyond Clean, we talk with Lori Ferrer about the growing trends of the centralization of Sterile Processing services in the US.

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Real Talk:  On Turning to Social Media for Answers show art Real Talk: On Turning to Social Media for Answers

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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.

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Articles On-The-Go:  Forget Surviving - How to Thrive During Your Next Joint Commission SPD Survey show art Articles On-The-Go: Forget Surviving - How to Thrive During Your Next Joint Commission SPD Survey

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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 overcoming them? Is your department located a quarter of a mile away from the OR or do you process instrumentation for outside facilities requiring tight logistical management and constant communication?

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Joel Schafer:  Autoclave Testing & Validation - The Science of Sterile Season 3 Re-Release) show art Joel Schafer: Autoclave Testing & Validation - The Science of Sterile Season 3 Re-Release)

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As the backbone of most SPD workflows steam sterilization is a massively important topic. And yet there are still pervasive misunderstandings across the industry regarding how and why our autoclaves should be tested, and just as importantly, when it is necessary to validate their performance. In addition to proper loading and use, a number of other aspects of care and maintenance go into ensuring these devices operate at maximum safety & efficiency.

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60-Second Growth Spurt: Easing Stress show art 60-Second Growth Spurt: Easing Stress

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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.

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Articles On-The-Go:  The Need for Sterile Processing Speed - 4 Clutch Concepts for Increasing Your Prep/Pack Assembly Time show art Articles On-The-Go: The Need for Sterile Processing Speed - 4 Clutch Concepts for Increasing Your Prep/Pack Assembly Time

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On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for insights on how to safely increase the speed of your Sterile Processing team: "If you are able to connect pictures with individual instruments in your tracking system, this can be a huge boost to speedy identification of items during the assembly stage. In addition to pictures, make sure you list the specific instrument manufacturer and catalog number of each instrument on the count sheet for easy verification by your techs.

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Daniel Coole:  All You Ever Wanted to Know about Stainless Steel (Season 3 Re-Release) show art Daniel Coole: All You Ever Wanted to Know about Stainless Steel (Season 3 Re-Release)

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Few materials in the world have come to define a Sterile Processing professional more than stainless steel. We are literally surrounded by it – our sinks are composed of it, our washers are encased by it, our assembly tables are covered with it, and yes – 99% of the tools of our trade are manufactured from it.

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Safety at the Source: Eliminating Airborne Pathogens from OR HVAC show art Safety at the Source: Eliminating Airborne Pathogens from OR HVAC

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In the healthcare setting, we often take for granted the air around us. We cannot see it, but we know it’s there and it has the ability to carry dangerous microorganisms with it from room to room and floor to floor throughout the hospital. On this episode of the Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight Series we talk with Pat Leach, Business Development Manager at Alfa Laval, about the system that acts as the lungs of the hospital--conditioning, cleaning and carrying air to occupants throughout the building.

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On this series premiere of Articles On-The-Go, listen in for an important conversation around Sterile Processing compensation: "Like it or not, we live in a universe where money is used to signify value. While the best things in life may very well be free, the hard work of a skilled tradesman should not be. There is a reason that many of the best and brightest of our departments are leaving to rep for device companies, work in equipment sales, and take up contracts as traveling/agency technicians-for-hire. It's because that's where the money is at. That's where recognition has been translated into remuneration.

At the end of the day, anyone who works in this industry will tell you that you shouldn't be in Sterile Processing if you're not ultimately here for the patient. Patient safety should always be our guiding star and inner-drive. However, even if what you do is a labor of love, you should still be able to make a living doing it..."

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