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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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When the team at Minidoka Memorial Hospital in Rupert, Idaho first set their eyes on collaborating with their Sterile Processing team to reach a breathtaking goal of a zero percent infection rate in their Operating Room, they still had many proverbial mountains to climb. On this episode 7 of Beyond Clean season 12, we sit down with Laura Clark, Amy…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, we confront the industry secret of non-compliance. Are you really following ALL of the your manufacturer's instructions for use? Is it even possible? "So I want to issue a call to action today. If you're a vendor of medical devices, equipment, instrument tracking, sterility assurance or any other CS product/se…
 
What is a Sterile Processing "Interim Leader," how do you become one, and what experiences can you expect to encounter out in the field? On this Beyond Clean episode 6 of Season 12, we sit down with Warren Nist, CSSD Consultant, Evolved Sterile Processing Consulting LLC and IAHCSMM Foundation Board Member to discuss his extensive career as an inter…
 
As surgical volumes decreased over the last year and the need for additional PPE increased, the redistribution of blue wrap materials to fill the PPE supply need has caused massive supply issues. Now that surgical volumes are on the rise, the effects of that redistribution are begging the question: Is now the time to transition to rigid containers?…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, listen as Hank explains the common experiences of OR bullies and what you can do about it: "For all those in this industry who see or hear of surgeon bullying happening to your CS/SPD team, stand up and speak out for these victims downstairs. We need your voice. We need your support. We need our story to be to…
 
Why can't we all just get along? What impact does drama have on a Sterile Processing team and how do these emotions impact both frontline technicians and department leaders? On this Beyond Clean episode 5 of Season 12, we sit down with Dina Budacan, Central Sterile Processing Manager and Decontamination Lead for one of Ireland's leading private hea…
 
What role does corrective action and punishment play in Sterile Services departments? If we're dealing with life and death, how many errors are too many for one technician or one department? Are these even the right questions to be asking? On this Beyond Clean episode 4 of Season 12, we sit down with Gordon Allan, Decontamination Services Departmen…
 
How do you build a Sterile Processing career that you can be proud of? What are the keys to earning the trust of your customers and the respect of your peers in our industry? In short, how do you make your career count? On this Beyond Clean episode 3 of Season 12, we sit down for a very special interview with Bob Marrs, BA, ST, CRCST, CIS, CHL, Vic…
 
What makes a great clinical educator? How should someone start preparing right now for a career as a clinical educator? On this Beyond Clean episode 2 of Season 12, we sit down with Marilyn Burns, RN, BS, CNOR, to talk all things education, learning, and the nitty gritty of how people interact with information in the clinical setting. Marilyn is th…
 
Where can you write on sterile packaging? Is certain ink really toxic and potentially dangerous to patients? Is this a practical conversation for Sterile Processing teams or purely an academic one for curious nerds? On this Beyond Clean episode 1 of Season 12, we kick off the season with Kevin Anderson, Clinical Education Coordinator for Healthmark…
 
As healthcare professionals, we are no strangers to the complexity of flexible endoscope reprocessing. With different regulatory standards and IFUs to follow, it is hard to believe there is no clear direction to the process of drying internal endoscope channels--that is--until now. On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight, we talk with George Cronin, …
 
What's the big deal with a one-way workflow in decontamination? Is it really a critical aspect of infection control or just a common sense application of traditional manufacturing in the Sterile Processing context? On this episode 8 of Season 11, we wrap up the season with Steven Sutton, Director, Planning and Design Group with Belimed, to discuss …
 
How do you grow in your Sterile Processing career if you don't want to go into leadership? What can departments do to cultivate and reward technical excellence? On this episode 7 of Season 11, we sat down with Loraine Durigan, Sterile Processing Traveling Manager at SpecialtyCare, to discuss her vision for combining career growth and technical know…
 
Have you ever created a hand-made sign for your department? "Don't Touch" "Stack Containers Here" "Press Button for Service" The examples of things we need to communicate in device reprocessing are endless. On this episode 6 of Season 11, we sat down with Garry Bassi, Director, Medical Device Reprocessing & Support Services at Mount Sinai Hospital …
 
What would you do if you had no decontamination room, no access to low-cost, reliable electricity and water, and a handful of laparoscopic devices to reprocess? On this episode 5 of Season 11, we sat down with Delft University of Technology researcher Girish Malage, to discuss his field studies and innovative approach to solving the systemic laparo…
 
Would your hospital administrators recognize you in the hallway? When is the last time you saw your CEO take a stroll through your Sterile Processing department? Why does any of this matter? On this episode 4 of Season 11, we sat down with Bryan Croft, Senior Vice President of Operations at Cedars-Sinai, for an honest conversation on the widespread…
 
What causes one person to take pride in their job, and someone else to treat it like just a paycheck? When you drill down to the very core of a Sterile Processing technician, what do you find that is really special? On this episode 3 of Season 11, we sat down with Beyond Clean Co-Founder & President Hank Balch for a unique discussion about the over…
 
Picture it: you turn on the news and the top story reads: "infectious outbreak linked to hospital and clinic endoscopes." Let the media storm and regulatory survey frenzy begin! As Sterile Processing professionals, this is our industry's worst nightmare and on this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight, we talk with Ted May from Andersen Sterilizers and Dr…
 
Broken processes, communication breakdowns with the Operating Room, and rising frustrations – sound like a challenge you are facing in your Sterile Processing department? Big or small, each of our facilities encounter issues that have to be overcome or quality outcomes eventually suffer. On this episode 2 of Season 11, we sat down with Carolyn Hook…
 
Everywhere we go, whether it is out to dinner, to the grocery store, or the hair salon-- we expect these establishments have invested in safe cleaning and disinfection techniques. Now more than ever, it’s critical that cleaning and disinfection is both performed and documented, especially in the healthcare space. On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlig…
 
Could you prove your flexible endoscope was properly cleaned, processed, and stored for every scope, every patient, every time? Would it be a scramble to three-ring binders and stacks of paper, or is your facility already using some type of technology to help you hardwire the documentation process? On this Season 11 kickoff of Beyond Clean, we sat …
 
"There's never enough time to do it right, but there's always enough time to do it again." In this episode Bob addresses the Administrators in the hospital to encourage the approval of Sterile Processing equipment, construction, and resources because #patientsafety depends on it. Have a question for Bob? Email him at: Bob@beyondclean.net #RealTalk …
 
Whether it’s a list of excuses, a sincere lack of time, or the fact that our goals are too big and broad to even know where to start, all of these things can prevent us from setting and sticking to our professional goals. Setting smart and achievable career goals can propel you far beyond your expectations. In this 60-Second Growth Spurt, Lindsay d…
 
Imagine sitting in the dentist chair waiting for your teeth cleaning when a staff member walks in with a tray of unwrapped instruments. If you are like us, not only does this make you cringe, but you know that this is a BIG infection prevention red flag! On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with Jessica Wilson from HuFriedyGroup about infe…
 
"I believe the closer our industry moves toward rewarding fresh opinions, the more of them we will see in our frontline technicians, leaders, and innovators. The more we listen to new voices and outside perspectives, the better equipped our industry will become to handle the changing world around us. On the other hand, the harder we make it for ind…
 
Picture this: You are assembling a tray; the phone rings and it is the operating room with news that the rigid scope they are using on a patient isn't working properly. Let the mad rush to get new equipment up to that OR begin! We have all been there and on this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with Kevin Anderson from Healthmark Industries ab…
 
On this episode Bob talks about about the Emergency Use Authorizations through the FDA during the pandemic and the implications of reusing and re-sterilizing single-use devices (SUDs) moving forward. Tune in to learn more and click the following link to view a document that describes the process FDA would use to categorize the #risk of SUDs that ar…
 
On this third installment on managing change, Lindsay discusses easy ways to incrementally work toward changing overall department culture. How can leaders create short-term opportunities that lead to long-term #CulturalShifts? You're invited to join her for the next 60 seconds and find out! Have a question or comment for Linds? Email her at: Linds…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, listen as Hank outlines best practices for balancing school & a Sterile Processing career: "As with any other goal in life, completing college is something countless folks have done before you and many more will do after you. And many of us have also done it while working in our local SPD department. While bec…
 
How often should your surgical instruments be repaired? Should your repair partner be on-site every week or should it all depend on your facility usage data? On this season finale episode of the Beyond Clean podcast, we flipped the script and interviewed Beyond Clean co-founder and CEO Justin Poulin about one of his favorite topics - usage based in…
 
What needs to be said about the #SterileProcessing industry that hasn't been said yet? Who's voice needs a platform to share their passion for the mission of patient safety with a listening world? We asked these questions when Beyond Clean was founded nearly three years ago, and we continue to ask them each and every day. As the Beyond Clean revolu…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, learn about how to use Linkedin to benefit yourself, your career, and your future as a Sterile Processing professional: "As the old cliché says, "Anything worth doing is worth doing right." If you want to "do" Linkedin right as a CS professional or vendor, you must come to this platform with a strategic plan. …
 
Should CS leaders care what their employees think of them? What are the common ways new leaders fail themselves and their teams? On this episode 7 of Beyond Clean Season 10, we sat down with Sharyn Combs, BA, CHBC, JMT, CRCST, an Independent Certified Human Behavior Consultant, John Maxwell team member, and the Founder of UCDI Leadership Training a…
 
On this episode Bob talks about a common issue experienced by many healthcare facilities--overloaded instrument sets. What are the implications of this in terms of time and money? Bob breaks it down and encourages your department to #ClearTheClutter from your trays and operate more efficiently. Have a question for Bob? Email him at: Bob@beyondclean…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, learn why self-awareness is key to unlocking career growth in Sterile Processing: "Career growth does not happen in a vacuum. It happens in the midst of people -- a large group of opinionated people. And since these opinions become the foundation of your professional reputation, it behooves you to be very awar…
 
"The consultants are coming, the consultants are coming!" Does that phrase give you a pit in your stomach or tell you that help is on the way? On this episode 6 of Beyond Clean Season 10, we sat down with Brandon Huffman, BS, ST, CRCST, CIS, CHL, Infection Preventionist with the Peace Health System (and new Strategic Content Manager at Beyond Clean…
 
Managing change is complicated and sometimes in order to make a big ask and influence an overall shift in behavior or attitude, small steps are most effective. On this week's 60-second Growth Spurt, Linds discusses effective ways to tackle those big asks in your department. Have a question or comment for Linds? Email her at: Lindsay@beyondclean.net…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for encouragement around taking control of out-of-control consignment inventory in your Sterile Processing department: "If you feel like you're drowning in consignment trays, I hope this post gives you a few ideas on how to start the long, hard swim to the shore. If you're wanting to put your data coll…
 
Who on earth designed this cleaning chemical? And why did they do it that way? Well, we're glad you asked. On this episode 5 of Beyond Clean Season 10, we sat down with Kris Murphy, PhD, Director of Chemistry, R&D at Cantel Medical to talk all things research, development, and chemistry in the context of medical device reprocessing! Kris not only b…
 
What does it take to host successful in-department education for your Sterile Processing team? Are you tapping into all the available tools and resources out there to take your SPD training to the next level? On this episode of Fighting Dirty, Hank sits down with Justin to discuss inservices, podcast, and clinical training. Whether you are a vendor…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for insights on the challenges of tracking Sterile Processing productivity: "How many of your facility administrators really know what your Sterile Processing team does? Or, perhaps a better question, how many of them know how long it takes for your team to do what they do? How long should it take? Is …
 
Reprocessing dental instruments can look quite different at each facility-- from the layout and design to who is responsible for reprocessing. On this episode 4 of Beyond Clean Season 10, we sat down with Johanne Benoit, Sterile Processing Manager and Dental Reprocessing Subject Matter Expert at Fenway Health, to talk about the complexities that su…
 
On this episode Bob talks about the ways in which healthcare manufacturers have changed the way they've supported the industry during this time of COVID-19 pandemic. He gives a special shout out and poses a challenge to the powers that be for more ways to support our #healthcareheroes on the front lines. Have a question for Bob? Email him at: Bob@b…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for thoughts on preparing yourself and your team for surprise resignations in Sterile Processing: "When one of your team members walks out of your office after tendering their resignation, one thought probably comes to mind . . . "Ouch, that hurt." But the time for self-pity is short lived. Although so…
 
Each of our facilities and Sterile Processing departments experienced and responded to the recent global pandemic in different ways. Our abilities to act effectively depended largely on the strengths of our teams, hospital leaders, and governments. On this episode 3 of Beyond Clean Season 10, we sat down with Jason Unger, Director of Surgical Servi…
 
Change is hard. And in Sterile Processing, change is the one thing that is constant. So how do you persuade a change in behavior or a shift in thinking as a leader of a department? Tune in to this week’s 60-second growth spurt as Lindsay gives ideas on ways to implement #change among your staff. Have a question or comment for Linds? Email her at: L…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for insights on shaking up the compensation model in Sterile Processing to reward high performers and incentivize quality: "For those departments and leaders operating under productivity standards (such as Total Items Processed per Month or Total Loads Sterilized), we understand very well that hospital…
 
You may have heard the word "Lean" thrown around by consultants and administrators in your hospital, but what does it have to do with Sterile Processing? Is it something to be feared? Something to be loved? Or something in between? On this episode 2 of Beyond Clean Season 10, we sat down with Dr. Rachel Mandel, Senior Healthcare Advisor for Operati…
 
It's not rocket science and yet many hospital administrators just don't get it -- Sterile Processing departments need SUPERVISORS! AAMI ST79:2017 recommends it, ECRI makes it a point to spotlight, and the Joint Commission expects it. Plus there's something called common sense that tells us that constant interruptions of frontline staff to deal with…
 
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