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HPN awards Supply Chain Department of the Year...

Healthcare Purchasing News named Minneapolis, MN-based Fairview Health Services as the recipient of its 14th...

FDA Safety Communication: Duodenoscope recall by Fujifilm

On July 21, 2017, Fujifilm issued an Urgent Medical Device Correction and Removal notification...

USC moves to fire, ban from campus former...

Faced with mounting questions and anger on campus, USC announced Friday that it was hiring an...

Premature baby held in Mexican hospital arrives at...

Tiny Beckham, born three months prematurely in a Mexican hospital on Tuesday, finally reached...

Healthcare industry lacks awareness of IoT threat, survey...

Three-quarters of IT decision makers report they are "confident" or "very confident" that portable...

Redefining the Antibiotic Stewardship Team: Recommendations from the...

The purpose of this American Nurses Association/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ANA/CDC) White...

TECSYS partners with Ryder to further extend its...

TECSYS Inc., a supply chain management software company, has announced its partnership with Ryder...

ECRI Institute launches evidence-based workflow for supply chain...

ECRI Institute announces the release of ValuVu, the latest addition to its technology solutions....

Premier Inc. analysis finds hospitals making significant strides...

A nationwide analysis of 645 hospitals found a 20 percent decrease in blood utilization...


Researching the Right Disinfectant for Your Facility Without Damaging Instruments or...

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This whitepaper discusses the importance of surface disinfectants in the struggle against HAIs, and the importance of making sure those disinfectants are effective while safe on clinical surfaces.  This paper presents thirteen questions to consider when selecting a disinfectant, such as contact time and surface compatibility...

HPN product picks

August 2017 Product Picks

New residue-free extra foaming hand sanitizer, Disposable stethoscope covers, Bleach-friendly scrubs, Electronic document management

inside the current issue - August 2017

Supply Chain can fuel doctor-patient relationships, organizational health

Depending on the healthcare organization, and professional and personal attitudes, physicians and surgeons can be a boon or bane to supply chain operations. Those physicians...

PPE is smarter than ever. How smart are you?

Personal protective equipment technology is progressing while knowledge about how to identify and use it properly is still lags among many healthcare workers.


Healthmark Industries VP Ralph Basile explains what kinds of PPE CS/SPD staff must wear and why, what the biggest concerns are, and how to address them.

Defending the dermis

HPN explores innovative solutions for preventing and treating surgical-site incisions, chronic, hard-to-heal wounds, and other skin care challenges.

Your CS/SPD staff is certifiable

HPN spotlights CS/SPD departments with robust certification and training programs and the various resources these facilities are using to grow and nurture capable, knowledgeable teams.

Vendor resources for CS/SPD certification and training success

These vendor resources assist CS/SPD pros with training, certification and continuing education and keep SPD employees on top of their game.

An update from IAHCSMM on certification and training

IAHCSMM provides an update on sterile processing education and certification including plans to launch a new Certified Endoscope Reprocessor (CER) recognition.

Critical thinking

CBSPD Expiration: July 31, 2022
IAHCSMM Expiration: July 6, 2020

Combining similar instruments with different IFUs; lining sterilizer racks; mixing sterilization...

Ray Taurasi advises on how to handle and combine sets with differing IFUs, best practices for lining sterilization racks, and mixing containers.

Networking essential for sharing challenges, solutions, best practices

When CS staff taps the power of networking and info sharing, they won’t have to navigate those day-to-day challenges alone.

Today's Headlines
• HPN awards Fairview Health Services the 2017 Supply Chain Department of the Year today at AHRRM
• FDA Safety Communication: Duodenoscope recall by Fujifilm
• USC moves to fire, ban from campus former medical school dean over 'egregious behavior'
• Premature baby held in Mexican hospital arrives at Riley Children's Hospital
• Healthcare industry lacks awareness of IoT threat, survey says
• Redefining the Antibiotic Stewardship Team: Recommendations from the ANA/CDC workgroup on the role of RNs
• TECSYS partners with Ryder to further extend its reach into the health systems market
• ECRI Institute launches evidence-based workflow for supply chain and value analysis professionals
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HPN is celebrating its 40th year!
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The August issue is here!
- Facility construction & renovation
- Wound & skin care
- CS/SPD education & certification
- Supply chain-focused physicians award
- Continuing education credits -- including a bonus feature
and a whole lot more!
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Today's Headlines
• Premier Inc. analysis finds hospitals making significant strides in optimizing blood use
• AHIMA Patient Request for Health Information Form gives healthcare providers model for HIPAA compliance
• More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes
• Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the funding awards to states for FDA food safety
• More than 550 hospitals improve patient safety with Stryker Surgicount Safety-Sponge System
• Could calcium hold the key to fighting a dangerous hospital infection?
• U.S. military gives out $65 million to develop brain implants that could treat blindness and deafness
• Surgery minus morphine - getting opioids out of the OR
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Personally and professionally, the passing of a certification exam makes better sterile processing technicians who provide better care for patients.

Here's five reasons why certification is crucial for Sterile Processing Technicians:
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Fast Stats

August 2017

In April 2017, health plan executives and primary care physicians with a private practice and an affiliation with a hospital were surveyed on their views about value-based care. Here’s what they said:


of respondents said the transition to value-based care will continue.


of respondents said the United States actually has a value-based healthcare system … the majority think fee-for-service is still the name of the game. 


of physicians say they have the needed tools to succeed under value-based care, up from 29% in 2016.


of respondents said payer-provider alignment is more important to value-based care than ever before.


of health plan executives said EHRs have everything physicians need.


of physicians agreed the EHRs have everything they need.


of physician respondents indicated they’d be willing to spend more time using technology tools if their EHRs could give more insights unique to their patients. 


of health plan executives noted that a co-investment in HIT by payers and providers could speed up value-based care adoption.

Source: Quest Diagnositics and Inovalon