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Join us on DeviceAlliance's Podcast: MedTech Radio where we interview today's brightest minds in Southern California's medical device industry. Each episode deconstructs complex topics and provides the tactics, tools, and strategies to overcome tomorrow's challenges. DeviceAlliance strives to be the one-stop-shop at the center of the medical device ecosystem helping drive collaboration, innovation, and career development for all device professionals in Southern California.
 
Endoscopy Insights is a podcast devoted to conversations with thought leaders in flexible and single-use endoscopy. In each episode we’ll explore the ways different clinical and technological innovations are moving the field of endoscopy forward. Endoscopy Insights is brought to you by Single-Use Endoscopy, part of the Ambu Learning Center. Ambu has been bringing healthcare solutions of the future to life since 1937.
 
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 ...
 
Each week on The No Name Security Podcast, Matt Stephenson chats with people who secure the things, hack the things or write about securing and hacking the things that surround us in everyday life. From voting machines to social engineering to the critical infrastructure, if it can be secured, it can be hacked. On No Name Security, we meet the people who do one or the other… and sometimes both.
 
Have you ever thought about who the people are behind life-saving breakthroughs? How did they get started in their careers? Why did they choose the Life Sciences? What effect do they hope to cause? These are the questions we explore on The Life Science Effect. Gain insights straight from thought leaders, entrepreneurial game-changers, and business executives leading the Life Sciences. Host Steve Vinson explores what it really takes to be effective in this industry as a leader and innovator w ...
 
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On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Why Accurate Dosing Matters in Sterile Processing." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN …
 
There's no question that robotic instruments are complex and come with reprocessing challenges. Learn how an automated process can build consistency and confidence in the cleaning outcomes of these intricate devices. Joining us for this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight is Sarah Brown, Senior Product Manager at STERIS to talk with us about the AMSCO 70…
 
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch discusses the road to becoming a department leader and how to best navigate it: -- "If there’s one point where far too many new sterile processing professionals fail, it is realizing that every single day is an interview. You may think that because everyone else is doing it or because that’s how you…
 
Your Medtech brand is not something an agency gives to you. Nor is it something you buy. Your brand is defined by the relationship you have with your customers, and it’s shaped by the messages you send and the response those messages elicit. Getting the attention of busy physicians and hospital executives is more challenging than ever for medical d…
 
Every chemical has a cost, and every chemical conversion in Sterile Processing has its challenges -- both for frontline users dealing with the new chemicals as well as department leaders coordinating contracts, equipment, dosing, and training. On this episode 2 of Season 15, "The Chemical Epicenter," we speak with Sara Vinson, Director of Sterile P…
 
On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Reducing Late Loaned Tray Deliveries." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do y…
 
Dr. Marybeth Spanarkel loved the “immediate gratification” in performing a colonoscopy or upper GI endoscopy and getting an immediate answer to a medical question. Unfortunately, she had to step away from the field after 28 years in private practice in Durham, North Carolina, after a career-ending neck injury that caused sudden paralysis in her rig…
 
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch considers why employee retention may not be the best metric for measuring your department's success: -- "One of the unfortunate things that employee retention encourages is keeping the status quo in place. This metric or measurement does not account for the many good reasons that a department may ex…
 
What, if anything, is different about how chemicals are used in and interact with our ultrasonic cleaners? If a chemical works in the sink will it work in this supercharged cavitation dynamo, and vice versa? Kicking off our brand new Season 15, "The Chemical Epicenter," we speak with Tom Overbey, previous Beyond Clean Ultrasonic Expert Series™ cont…
 
On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Reusable Cleaning Tools: Is It Time to Say Goodbye to Your Favorite Brush?". To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfr…
 
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch describes how initiative makes all the difference in Sterile Processing -- "Something as mundane as an alarming buzzer on a cart washer, has a way of separating the can-do and will-do personalities from the can’t-, won’t-, or won’t-do-it-with-a-smile-on-my-face members of our team. We learn a lot ab…
 
On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Dosing Spotlight: Good Policies and Best Practice." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN …
 
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch considers a powerful leadership tool and what prevents leaders from using it: -- "It is understandably hard for some of us to admit when we do not know how to fix something ourselves, especially if we are department managers or directors with departments full of technicians looking to us for directi…
 
On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "The Rep Is Not Optimizing Your Inventory." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 …
 
"Twas the night before surgery, when all through decon, Not a case cart was waiting, all the surgeons were gone; The scopes were all hung in their cabinets with care, In hopes that surveyors might smile on them there; The trays were nestled all snug on the shelves; Put there by third shift, the SPD elves; Jill in her scrub hat, and I in my cover, H…
 
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch considers a flexible scheduling model for SPD: -- "What if I were to tell you there is a better way—and that there are existing technologies in use in other industries that could completely change the way we envision a sterile processing department schedule? Well, there is and there are. Combined wi…
 
On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Cleaning Chemistries: How Important Is It In Supporting Your Manual Cleaning Process?." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.…
 
There is only one way to inspect internal channels of medical devices in Sterile Processing. On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with Kevin Anderson, Clinical Education Specialist at Healthmark Industries, about the newly released FIS-007 Inspection Borescope designed to inspect channels as small as 1.1mm diameter with interchangeable siz…
 
When Nicole and James Angiolino’s son Joey was diagnosed with the rare disease Hurler’s Syndrome at seven months old, they did everything they could to save his life. They left their eldest son Nicholas, their family, friends, and teaching careers behind and headed to Duke University Hospital in North Carolina to get him the care he needed. James a…
 
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch examines the difference between "special treatment" and "different treatment" -- "There is a common assumption in the industry that every member of the sterile processing team must be dealt with in the exact same way or else it’s not fair. While equal treatment is good when it comes to things like a…
 
On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Germicidal Detergents in Sterile Processing." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 228…
 
Understanding cross-contamination is fundamental to being successful Operating Room Nurses, Infection Prevention Practitioners, Surgical Techs, and Sterile Processing Professionals. On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with Barbara Ann Harmer, RN, VP of Clinical Services at Innovative Sterilization Technologies and Lisa McKown, Manager of …
 
Hospitals that perform bronchoscopies can reduce readmission rates by over half, and potentially lower costs, by adopting single-use flexible bronchoscopes. That’s according to a new abstract that was submitted and presented at the recently completed CHEST 2021 annual meeting. The study examined the health outcomes of more than 14,000 patients who …
 
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch considers an unconventional approach to staff competency -- "We put a premium on cross-training, while paying lip service (and low rates) for any type of true specialization in our field. Technicians who may be great at reading preference cards and picking case carts are rated as mediocre because th…
 
On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Why Are Your Loaner Trays Late?." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you kn…
 
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch reviews the touchy (but necessary) topic of peer accountability -- "The problem is that when we bring this general cultural concept of politeness into a specific context such as sterile processing, it can slowly pull individuals and teams down into the dangerous sea of tunnel vision where no one car…
 
It wouldn't really be Sterile Storage Wars if we didn't discuss the inter-department battles for space that so often happen in our hospitals. Who really owns the Sterile Core in your OR? Who gets to decide how your L&D instrument storage is organized? On this final episode of Season 14, we sit down with Monique Albornoz, Principal at Clinical 5S Sp…
 
On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "The Special Talents of Enzymes." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you kno…
 
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch reviews the common excuses SPD gets from vendors and what should be done about it -- "Our roles as medical device reprocessors is to uphold standards and best practices to ensure adequate time is available and compliant processes are followed as it relates to vendor instrumentation. The fact that Dr…
 
Anxiety, stress, and exhaustion are on the rise and impacting many of us. With a lot happening in our world that we don’t have much control over, our routines have been disrupted and it’s affecting our overall health and mindset. Combine that with the stress holidays can bring, and you have a recipe for total burnout. In episode 22, we wanted to co…
 
What has four wheels, no brakes, and saves lives? That's right, surgical case carts! These stainless steel superheroes are the unsung workhorses of the Sterile Processing department, and even though they only hold supplies for a short amount of time, they are a critical aspect of high functioning sterile storage workflows. On this episode 7 of Seas…
 
On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Material Compatibility: When In Doubt Check the IFU." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEA…
 
Renovating a Sterile Processing department while effectively keeping up with surgical volumes is not an easy task- some may even call it impossible! On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with Mark Munroe, VP of Strategic Projects and Mobile Solutions, about the STERIS Mobile Sterile Processing Unit- a 53-foot trailer that transforms into a …
 
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch reviews the three angles of looking at a problem -- "The best way to describe the Triangle of Truth is that it acts as a filter to enable anyone from frontline technicians to department leaders and administrators to quickly pinpoint root causes for certain issues in sterile processing." #sterileproc…
 
The hallways are quite(r). The phone calls are few(er). But the time is also short(er) to get everything in and out of sterile storage for those critical first cases which will be starting in just a few hours. Will your SPD & OR team be prepared? What are the unique challenges faced by our teams when the sun goes down and 3rd shift is clocking in? …
 
On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Vendors and Hospitals: Time for a Fresh Start." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 2…
 
When it comes to safe surgical devices, if you are not certain it’s clean, it doesn’t matter what you do next, and your surgical patients could be at risk. On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we speak with Debbie Armstrong and Dr. Augusto Sorrequieta, PhD. at Terragene, an innovative new company about the Perfect Wash Control System - a complete …
 
A recent study conducted at Duke University Hospital and published in the Journal of Endourology found that a new single-use cystoscope demonstrated superior flexion and comparable optics to the reusable scopes already being used in a hospital urology department. Dr. Michael Lipkin, a urologist in Durham, North Carolina, and one of the study’s auth…
 
In this episode of Articles On-The-Go, Hank Balch reviews the seven key steps to making changes in Sterile Processing departments stick -- "We see something is not working and then we tell the people around us that we need to do it differently. This process is repeated again and again until we are surrounded by a fog of ambiguous changes that aren’…
 
You won't last very long in the Sterile Processing industry if you're not a "clean freak," but do you have to be a "neat freak" too? How important is it to stay organized when creating (and keeping) an excellent sterile storage area in your department? What are the keys to ensuring anyone on your team can find a medical device once you place it on …
 
On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Ditch the Pipe Cleaners in the Decontamination Department." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYO…
 
Occasionally, you interact with a family-owned business with a dream to carry their product solutions from a regional level to a national level. On this Beyond Clean Vendor Spotlight we talk with Brad Fitzpatrick, co-owner of Stat-Tech Surgical Supply Company, family-owned business, about their vision to offer storage and shelving, stackable plasti…
 
In this episode of Articles-On-The-Go, Hank Balch relates how documented competencies for Sterile Processing Technicians is a matter of life and death -- "Facilities and leaders who are willing to short-circuit employee competency checks are showing that they actually do not believe the work being done in the SPD is all that complex or even importa…
 
Messenger of Sympathy and Love Servant of Parted Friends Consoler of the Lonely Bond of the Scattered Family Enlarger of the Common Life Carrier of News and Knowledge Instrument of Trade and Industry Promoter of Mutual Acquaintance Of Peace and of Goodwill Among Men and Nations -- Inscription found on the the Smithsonian Institution's National Post…
 
Men across the globe are dying too young. In the US, three out of four suicides are men, and one in eight (around 10.8 million) will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and testicular cancer, the most common cancers in young men. Our fathers, partners, brothers, and friends are facing a health crisis that isn’t being talked about, and it’s time to sp…
 
Perhaps the Number ONE driving force for sterile storage upgrades in Sterile Processing departments is the issue of regulatory compliance. But just checking boxes so you don't get cited by the Joint Commission or DNV should NOT be the ultimate end goal (as important as those things are). On episode 4 of our already record breaking (!) Season 14 "St…
 
On this week's edition of the Beyond Clean Expert Series On-The-Go, tune in for the conversation entitled, "Respect Your Water." To hear more from this expert, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin, or subscribe to the Beyond Clean mailing list by visiting: https://educate.beyondclean.net/cleanfreaks or text BEYONDCLEAN to 22828 Do you know a #Sterile…
 
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