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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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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 use cycle, and then into the cleaning verification…
 
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…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for tips on addressing all the "time" requirements in your Sterile Processing department: "While the days of pocket watches may be behind us, and wrist watches are a no-no for infection control reasons, the decontamination area of your SPD should still be replete with plenty of ticks and tocks. Besides…
 
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…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, listen in for insights around overcoming service failures in your Sterile Processing department: "In the world of Sterile Processing, you rarely get the opportunity to build your reputation or the reputation of your departments from scratch. And even if you could, because mistakes are part of human nature, you…
 
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 …
 
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 addresses some of the changes IAHCSMM embraced as…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for insight into preparing your department's Sterile Processing technicians for growth opportunities right where they are: "As you interview for entry level SPD tech positions, always be thinking about what inherent qualities this person has for future leadership opportunities -- and, if you can, try t…
 
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 …
 
"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 …
 
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 a…
 
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…
 
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 happening in the world at that time. In our “What’s on My …
 
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…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, listen in for an important conversation around Sterile Processing inspiration: "[A]midst all the challenges, we also experience tremendous victories as a Sterile Processing team. We save lives. We preempt the horrible suffering that could occur due to a surgical site infection. We provide sterile and functiona…
 
"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 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. …
 
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…
 
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 stigma. She also identifies critical areas that can b…
 
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…
 
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, which helps support successful patient outcomes. Step…
 
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…
 
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 improper water temperature, inaccurate dosing of c…
 
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…
 
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 control and prevention. Enzymatic solutions and detergen…
 
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…
 
On this episode of Articles On-The-Go, tune in for ideas on recruiting all-stars for your Sterile Processing department: "Great teams don't just happen. They are built and sustained through the blood, sweat, toil, and tears of their leaders. The natural rhythms of SPD life tend to send some of your greatest techs off to bigger and better things. An…
 
Why would a neurosurgeon decide to pursue certification in the Sterile Processing industry? What happened in this surgeon's career to turn his eyes and his heart toward the teams managing surgical instrumentation in his facility and across the industry? As we kick off an historical Season 10 of the Beyond Clean podcast, we invited Dr. George Cybuls…
 
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